Archives: Immigration

Subscribe to Immigration RSS Feed

The October 31st NYC Attack and the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program

As many mourn the loss of the victims of the October 31st NYC attack, a parallel conversation surrounding immigration reform has emerged. Immigration reform has been President Trump’s long-standing campaign promise, but has found fierce judicial opposition since January. We have covered these developments in prior posts. As details emerged regarding the suspect in the … Continue Reading

Travel Ban & DACA Updates

In a one page opinion, the United States Supreme Court remanded one of the two “travel ban” cases pending SCOTUS review. The Order remanded Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project back to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals because the case is now “moot” – the Court found no controversy because the challenged Executive Order … Continue Reading

Defining a “Bona Fide Relationship” – the Latest with Trump’s Travel Ban

On July 6th, we covered the United States Supreme Court decision regarding President Trump’s travel ban. That Order limited the entry of foreign nationals and refugees based on an individual’s “bona fide relationship” with an entity or person in the United States and capped the number of refugees that may enter for 2017 at 50,000. … Continue Reading

Last Stop: SCOTUS Reviews the Immigration Ban

US Supreme CourtPresident Trump’s Second Executive Order acted to limit the entry of foreign nationals and refugees into the United States. Thereafter, the Fourth and Ninth Circuits granted preliminary injunctions barring the enforcement of the Executive Order specifically as related to Section 2(c), 6(a), and 6(b). On June 26, 2017, the United States Supreme Court in Trump v. International … Continue Reading

Next Stop: The United States Supreme Court

US Supreme CourtIn an earlier post, we discussed President Trump’s second Executive Order (E.O.) aimed at restricting entry into the United States of certain foreign nationals. In a 10-3 decision, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals blocked President Trump’s E.O. stating that it “drips with intolerance, animus, and discrimination.” Similarly, the Hawaii decision, which ruled against the … Continue Reading

Redesigned Green Card and Employment Authorization Documents Announced

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently announced that it redesigned the Permanent Resident Card (“Green Card”) and the Employment Authorization Document (“EAD”) as part of its Next Generation Secure Identification Document Program. The redesigned credentials utilize enhanced graphics and contain fraud-resistant security features to enhance document security and deter counterfeiting. The new Green Card and EAD … Continue Reading

Round Three – Hawaii District Court Issues TRO against Travel Ban

On March 15, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii issued an Order granting a nationwide Temporary Restraining Order (“TRO”) against President Trump’s Executive Order No. 13,780 which was to be effective March 16, 2017 (the “Executive Order”). This Executive Order replaces the January 27, 2017 Executive Order. Both Executive Orders … Continue Reading

Round Two – Key Points to Know about the New Immigration-Related Executive Order

On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a new immigration-related Executive Order. This anticipated Executive Order comes on the heels of his controversial January 27, 2017 Executive Order which temporarily suspended the refugee program and temporarily banned individuals from seven countries from entering the United States. The earlier Executive Order was halted in part by … Continue Reading

Revised Form I-9 Released

On November 14, 2016, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a revised version of the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form which will be mandatory on January 22, 2017.  The revised form can be accessed and now completed online from the USCIS website. The revised form includes a number of changes designed to … Continue Reading

Important Information Regarding the I-9 Employment Eligibility Form

The I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form (OMB Control No. 1615-0047), which employers use to verify and document the identity and employment authorization of each new employee hired after November 6, 1986, contains an expiration date of March 31, 2016.  Based upon information received from the USCIS, employers should continue to use the current form until … Continue Reading

An Update from the EEOC

A couple of weeks ago, employment law practitioners from South Carolina and North Carolina gathered for the 31st Annual NC/SC Labor & Employment Conference. The program was filled with many highlights, including a presentation from David Lopez, General Counsel of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”). Mr. Lopez discussed the EEOC’s “Top Ten … Continue Reading

Are You I-9 Compliant?

While most employers will affirmatively answer the above question, upon review, we have found that many I-9 forms and compliance practices are deficient.  Currently, employers are subject to increasing scrutiny by Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations, the investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security, which has broad legal authority to enforce … Continue Reading