Wolfsdorf Newsletter – July 10, 2017

In the wake of the very recent Supreme Court decision, Consular Officers at U.S. Embassies and Consulates all over the world have begun enacting the now-permissible portions of President Trump’s “Travel Ban”. In particular, individuals from six primarily-Muslim countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen) will be temporarily banned from the U.S. unless they can establish a “bona fide relationship” with a person or entity in the United States – such as coming to visit a “close family member”, to study at a U.S. university, to work for a U.S. business, or to give a lecture to a U.S. audience. Read our updated guidance on the travel ban and read breaking immigration news at https://wolfsdorf.com/blog/

Immigration Q&A with 2017 “Thought Leader” Bernard Wolfsdorf
Who’s Who Legal’s Thought Leaders briefing shines a spotlight on the world’s leading corporate immigration lawyers. This year’s briefing included an Immigration Q&A with 2017 “Thought Leader” and “Immigration Lawyer of the Year” Bernard Wolfsdorf.

Richard Yemm selected as a Rising Star by SuperLawyers
Congratulations to Richard Yemm who was listed as a Rising Star by SuperLawyers. SuperLawyers lists the top 5 percent of all attorneys in the field.

Naveen Rahman Bhora speaking at APPNA’s Young Physicians Coaching Seminar
Naveen Bhora will present at the Young Physicians Coaching Seminar for the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North American (APPNA) in Orlando, Florida on July 7th. She will discuss “Options in the case of J1 refusal” and will lead a Q&A session on immigration topics.

AILA Annual Conference
Bernard Wolfsdorf spoke at the AILA Annual Conference on “Direct” EB-5 Investments on June 22 in New Orleans. Numerous WR partners also participated at the conference, which took place June 21-24. Richard Yemm presented on “The Basics of Consular Practice: Applying for a Nonimmigrant Visa”; Avi Friedman served as a discussion leader for the panel “What to Do When the Post or the Border Says No”; and Naveen Rahman Bhora spoke on the International Medical Graduate Panel.

Allison-Claire Acker speaks on “Doing Business in the US as an Immigrant”
Allison-Claire Acker is serving as an Immigration Expert on the Los Angeles Venture Association’s panel “Doing Business in the US as an Immigrant.” The discussion will be held in Santa Monica on July 11 from 6:30pm to 9pm.

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions Filed for Conrad 30 Medical Doctors
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has resumed premium processing for H-1B petitions filed for medical doctors under the Conrad 30 Waiver program, as well as interested government agency waivers. Eligible petitioners for medical doctors seeking H-1B status under the Conrad 30 program, or through an interested government agency waiver, can file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. Form I-907 can be filed together with an H-1B petition or separately for a pending H-1B petition, USCIS noted.

USCIS Redesigns Green Card Application
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has revised the Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (Form I-485). The new Form I-485 and instructions “have been substantially updated to reduce complexity after collecting comments from the public and stakeholders,” USCIS said. USCIS said that starting on June 26, 2017, there will be a 60-day “grace period” during which the agency will accept both the 01/17/17 and 06/26/17 editions of Form I-485 and Supplements A and J (which have also been revised). Beginning August 25, 2017, USCIS will only accept the revised form and supplements.

2018 Diversity Lottery Applicants can now check their status
The U.S. Department of State Electronic Status Check for the Diversity Visa Program is now available for DV-2018 applicants until September 30, 2018. The Entrant Status Check for DV-2017 applicants will remain open until September 30, 2017. DV Entrants can check their status here. Please be sure to have the Entrant’s Confirmation Number, Last/Family Name, and Year of Birth ready.

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