Trump’s Immigration Decision Blocked by California Judge

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“This court rejects the position that the proclamation implicates the president’s foreign affairs powers simply because it affects immigration,”

US District Judge Jeffrey White

The statement refers to the June ban on H1-B, H-2B, J and L visas, which effectively halts granting those types of visas to multi-national companies looking to hire foreign nationals, as well as investors and cultural exchange beneficiaries.

Though limited in scope, US District Judge Jeffrey White’s injunction effectively allows thousands of companies to continue counting on an influx of foreign nationals to fill positions that have suffered from a shortage of US nationals.

The ruling applies exclusively to organizations that sued the administration and challenged the June ban on the visas mentioned above: the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers, National Retail Federation, TechNet, a technology industry group, and Intrax Inc., which sponsors cultural exchanges.

While Judge White explicitly stated that his ruling is limited to only those organizations, he also outlined its importance, stating that it will benefit “hundreds of thousands of American businesses of all sizes from a cross-section of economic sectors,” including Microsoft Corp. and Amazon.com Inc.

The National Association of Manufacturers represents 1,400 companies that would have been directly affected by the June ban. They stated the ruling will help with “crucial, hard-to-fill jobs to support economic recovery, growth and innovation when we most need it.”

This is the second time in three days that White blocked a significant change on immigration. On Tuesday, he stopped a wave of incoming fee increases for citizenship and several other immigration benefits benefits. Those increases were due to take effect within three days from the decision.

EB-5 Regional Center Program Reauthorized Through December 11, 2020

Congress Passes Continuing Resolution Beneficial to EB-5 Investor Visa Applicants

As part of the Continuing Resolution passed on Sept. 30th, Congress has ensured continuation of the EB-5 Regional Program, which effectively means investor visa applications will suffer no lapse or delay in processing.

H.R.8337 – Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act is the bill that establishes appropriations to federal agencies and extends expiring programs that address health care, surface transportation, agriculture, veterans benefits, and other issues.

“As a job-creation program, EB-5 will continue to be an effective tool for job growth and recovery during this difficult time for our country. As an immigration tool, it will provide our clients an expeditious path to permanent residency in the United States.” – CMB Regional Centers

As always, contacting our firm to help you navigate through the uncertainty of your particular situation is also a safe bet. Our experience and expertise is sure to be one of your best allies.

Injunction Stops USCIS Immigration Fee Hike

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Immigration Breaking News: Fee Hike Halted by US District Judge

Great news for immigration benefit applicants! Today, a US district judge in California issued a preliminary injunction that temporarily halts implementation of major fee increase for most US Immigration applications. This injunction has nationwide effect.

On August 4, 2020, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a final rule to drastically increase fees on most immigration benefit filings. These new fees were scheduled to be effective for cases postmarked on October 2, 2020 or later.

In all likeliness, USCIS these increases might still take effect. For the moment, however, immigration applicants may file cases using the current USCIS filing fee structure. We will keep you up-to-date with this and any other major development in the immigration landscape. To be sure you are promptly alerted, we recommend you bookmark our Immigration News page and come back to it often.

As always, contacting our firm to help you navigate through the uncertainty of your particular situation is also a safe bet. Our experience and expertise is sure to be one of your best allies.