The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) released a statement on President Trump’s proclamation titled “Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry into the United States by Terrorists or other Public-Safety Threats.” DOS provided a helpful chart describing the various travel restrictions for nationals of each of the eight countries subject to the travel ban. DOS also provided a list of exceptions from the travel ban that applies to nationals of all eight countries. For a comprehensive update on the Travel Ban, please read our newest blog article.
Bernard Wolfsdorf presents at Stanford University
On October 16, Managing Partner Bernard Wolfsdorf will present at Stanford University on “Post OPT Work and Investment Visa Options for International Students,” providing critical immigration information to business and international students.
Richard Yemm and Allison-Claire Acker lead Santa Monica Bar Association Immigration Event
This Friday, October 6, 2017 at 12pm, Richard Yemm will be speaking at the Immigration Law Lunch “I-9 and Issues Affecting Employers” hosted by the Santa Monica Bar Association. Allison-Claire Acker is the Co-Chair for the event as well as the new Immigration Section Chair.
Joey Barnett, Esq. will lead at Invest in the USA’s 2017 EB-5 Industry Forum in Miami
On October 25, 2017, Joey Barnett, Esq. will speak on a panel at Invest in the USA’s (IIUSA)’s 2017 EB-5 Industry Forum in Miami. The panel will discuss regional center trends in 2017, specifically how can you ensure your Regional Center and projects are fulfilling their obligation for investment and economic stimulation. This panel will also look at examples of failed projects – what went wrong and why – to help you avoid similar failure. Click here for more information about the event. Mr. Barnett’s new article “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: I-924A Season” will also be published in the upcoming IIUSA’s Regional Center Business Journal (RCBJ).
Wolfsdorf Rosenthal, LLP attorneys assist DACA recipients
Wolfsdorf Rosenthal, LLP attorneys and legal assistants participated in a Santa Monica College sponsored DACA workshop through the end of September 2017. The Wolfsdorf employees offered pro bono guidance to DACA recipients who sought out assistance in filling out their renewal forms, while Santa Monica College presented a renewal fee check to every DACA attendee in order to defray the renewal expenses. Wolfsdorf Rosenthal prides itself in its service to its Santa Monica community and stands behind DACA recipients.
Employers Must Use Form I-9 With New Revision Date, USCIS Says
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that beginning September 18, 2017, employers must use Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, with the new revision date of 07/17/17 N, to verify the identity and work eligibility of every new employee hired after November 6, 1986, or for the reverification of expiring employment authorization of current employees (if applicable). This date is found on the lower left corner of the form. Prior versions of the form are no longer valid for use. Employers who fail to use the new form may be subject to penalties. The USCIS announcement about the new revision date is available here.
Lawsuit Challenges Postponement of International Entrepreneur Rule
The American Immigration Council (AIC) has filed a lawsuit, National Venture Capital Assn, et al., v. Duke, et al., to oppose the postponement of the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER). The rule, with an effective date of July 17, 2017, would have permitted foreign entrepreneurs to travel to or stay in the United States to grow new businesses. Less than a week before the IER was scheduled to take effect, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that its implementation would be significantly delayed and suggested that it ultimately intends to rescind the IER. The AIC’s announcement of the lawsuit is available here.
Premium processing is now available for all types of H-1B petitions
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has resumed premium processing for all H-1B visa extension of stay petitions. Premium processing is now available for all types of H-1B petitions. In addition to the resumption of premium processing for H-1B visa extension of stay petitions, USCIS had previously resumed premium processing for H-1B petitions subject to the annual cap, petitions filed on behalf of physicians under the Conrad 30 waiver program, as well as interested government agency waivers and certain H-1B petitions that are not subject to the cap.