Immigration BLOG

PRESIDENT TRUMP’S EXECUTIVE ORDER BANNING TRAVEL FOR NATIONALS OF SEVEN MAJORITY-MUSLIM COUNTRIES IS ON HOLD

On February 9, 2017, a three judge panel in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that the injunction ordered by U.S. District Court Judge Robart against President Trump’s Executive Order 13769, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” remains in effect. Until further action by a court, the order barring implementation of the travel and refugee ban remains in place, and all individuals may apply for visas and admission to the United States without regard to nationality, to include the citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries named in the Executive Order. However, the legal battle is not over, since it is believed that President Trump will pursue further legal action through the court system. Interpretation and implementation of this Executive Order is constantly changing, not only based on the outcome of various litigation across the country, but also as the result of clarification provided by…
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President Trump’s Executive Order Banning Travel for Nationals of Seven Muslim Countries

As many of you may have heard, on Friday, January 27, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order stating that foreign nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen may not enter the U.S. for at least 90 days; refugees from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen may not enter the U.S. for at least 120 days; and refugees from Syria may not enter the U.S. until further notice. Those who hold a visa to the U.S. may not use it, and new visas cannot be issued. However, this has been subject to various agency actions as well as Federal Court actions. At first, the government said this ban includes lawful permanent residents or “green card” holders. On Sunday, January 29, 2017, the government clarified that lawful permanent residents would be allowed to return to the U.S. unless they receive “significant derogatory information indicating a serious threat…
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2018 DIVERSITY IMMIGRANT VISA (DV) PROGRAM

On September 16, 2016, the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Department of State, published a public notice outlining the registration process for the 2018 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV).  50,000 diversity immigrant visas will be available to applicants who are selected by randomized computer drawing, and meet the eligibility requirements. Eligibility Requirements: You must be a native of a qualifying country, in other words, you must have been born in an eligible country. However, even if you were not born in an eligible country, you may still be eligible provided your spouse was born in an eligible country, or you are able to claim the country of birth of one of your parents.  Natives of the following countries are not eligible to apply: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent…
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