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07/14/2017

Immigration Alert: Department of Homeland Security Delays International Entrepreneur Rule

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will delay implementation of the International Entrepreneur Rule until March 2018 while it considers whether to rescind it. The rule was set to go into effect on July 17. The proposed rule would allow qualifying international entrepreneurs to seek temporary permission to stay in the U.S.
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06/29/2017

Immigration Alert: Executive Order on Immigration to Take Effect on June 29

Following the Supreme Court’s recent ruling, the Department of State has issued guidelines for the implementation of a 90-day suspension of entry to the U.S. for certain foreign nationals who are citizens or nationals of: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, who lack a “bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the U.S.” The
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06/26/2017

Immigration Alert: Supreme Court Reinstates Portions of Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration

In an unsigned opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to allow a limited provision of President Trump’s Executive Order on immigration (the “Order”) to take effect. The Court decided to allow the suspension of entry for foreign nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who lack any “bona fide relationship with any
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06/15/2017

Gibney IP Practice Recognized in Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars 2017 Rankings

 Gibney Anthony and Flaherty LLP was recognized in Managing Intellectual Property’s 2017 IP Stars. The Intellectual Property Practice was recognized as a top practice in the “Trademark Contentious” area. IP Practice Chair Brian Brokate was also recognized as a leading IP practitioner. IP stars recognizes leading firms with strong national reputations and brands in the
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06/06/2017

Immigration Alert: Trump Administration to Implement Enhanced Screening Protocols

The Trump Administration has confirmed that it will move forward with new enhanced screening protocols, including the completion of additional forms, as part of the application process for certain U.S. visa applicants. According to the State Department, officials will request additional information when they determine that such information is required to confirm identity or conduct
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05/09/2017

Gibney Hosts Presentation on Trump Administration and U.S. Immigration

The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce and Gibney, Anthony & Flaherty  are hosting a discussion on employment-based visa options, the Trump Administration’s latest immigration proposals and its impact on U.S. immigration. Topics will include: Common employment-based visa options and practical consideration Alternatives to the H-1B Visa Trump Administration regulations, rule-making and legislation Impact on recruiting foreign
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05/01/2017

USCIS to Issue Redesigned Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents Starting May 1

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will redesign the Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) starting May 1, 2017. New cards will have enhanced graphics and fraud-resistant security features. The updates are part of an ongoing effort between USCIS, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
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04/19/2017

Immigration Alert: Trump Issues Executive Order: “Buy American, Hire American”

On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order  mandating a comprehensive review of the H-1B visa program used by companies to employ highly-skilled foreign workers. The Executive Order instructs the U.S. Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of Labor and Department of Homeland Security to propose new rules and guidance to “protect
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04/18/2017

Immigration Alert: FY2018 H-1B Cap Random Selection Process Complete

On April 17, 2017, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it completed the computer-generated random lottery selection process for cap-subject H-1B petitions filed for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 (October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018). The H-1B Cap Lottery Process USCIS received 199,000 new H-1B petitions for FY2018, exceeding the 65,000 visas
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04/07/2017

Immigration Alert: FY2018 H-1B Cap Reached

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has reached the cap for new H-1B petitions filed for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. The U.S. advanced-degree exemption to the statutory cap has also been met. Lottery Selection Because USCIS has received more H-1B visa petitions than are available under the FY2018 quota, any
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