Immigration Law

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DHS Extends US-Mexico-Canada Border Restrictions Again
Posted on 22 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 205 / Thursday, October 22, 2020 "This document announces the decision of the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) to continue to temporarily limit the travel of individuals from Canada into the United States... Read More

NYSBA Ethics Opinion 1203 (Oct. 8, 2020)
Posted on 14 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NYSBA Ethics Opinion 1203 (Oct. 8, 2020) "An attorney may withdraw from representation, with the permission of the Immigration Court, based on fear of contracting COVID-19 as a result of in-person appearances in the proceeding, where such fear... Read More

Latest CDC Border Blockade Order (Oct. 13, 2020)
Posted on 14 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CDC, Oct. 13, 2020 "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces the issuance of an Order suspending the right to introduce certain persons into the United States from countries where a quarantinable communicable disease exists... Read More

Tags: COVID-19 , CDC , border

Order on Motion to Enforce in Fraihat COVID PI
Posted on 8 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Elizabeth Jordan writes: "I am pleased to report that we, along with co-counsel SPLC, DRA, Orrick, and Willkie, just got the attached order on our motion to enforce our Fraihat COVID preliminary injunction . We are working on developing guidance... Read More

DHS Extends Travel Restrictions to Canada, Mexico
Posted on 21 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" This document announces the decision of the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) to continue to temporarily limit the travel of individuals from Canada into the United States at land ports of entry along the United States-Canada border. Such... Read More

USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests
Posted on 14 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Sept. 11, 2020 "In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is extending the flexibilities it announced on March 30, 2020, to assist applicants, petitioners, and requestors who are responding... Read More

Tags: COVID-19 , USCIS

CDC Border Blockade Final Rule
Posted on 11 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 177 / Friday, September 11, 2020 "The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issues this final rule to amend the Foreign Quarantine Regulations administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention... Read More

Tags: COVID-19 , CDC , border

CBP, TSA to Lift Some Travel Restrictions
Posted on 11 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 09/15/2020 "This document announces the decision of the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to terminate arrival restrictions applicable to certain flights... Read More

Tags: cbp , TSA , COVID-19

USCIS Extends H-2A Visa Flexibility
Posted on 20 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 162 / Thursday, August 20, 2020 Temporary Changes to Requirements Affecting H–2A Nonimmigrants Due To the COVID–19 National Emergency: Partial Extension of Certain Flexibilities "As a result of continued... Read More

Tags: COVID-19 , H-2A

Advance Copy of H-2A Temporary Final Rule (effective Aug. 19, 2020)
Posted on 18 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 08/20/2020. "As a result of continued disruptions and uncertainty to the U.S. food agriculture sector during the summer and upcoming fall agricultural season caused by the global... Read More

Tags: COVID-19 , USCIS , DHS , H-2A

ICE COVID-19 Prisoner Protocol (Aug. 12, 2020)
Posted on 13 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, Aug. 12,2020 "How does ICE screen new detainees for COVID-19? Effective June 4, 2020, ICE tests all new detainees who arrive at ICE-owned facilities for COVID-19 during the intake screening process. ICE houses all new arrivals separately ... Read More

Zepeda Rivas TRO (COVID-19 Testing)
Posted on 7 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Zepeda Rivas v. Jennings "The defendants, having responded to the health crisis in such a cavalier fashion (even in the face of litigation and a string of court orders), have lost the credibility to complain that the relief requested by the plaintiffs... Read More

Tags: geo , COVID-19 , ICE

International Students and Remote Learning in Fall 2020: What You Need To Know (July 26, 2020)
Posted on 27 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Penn State Law, July 26, 2020 "On July 15, 2020, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued an FAQ. The July 15 FAQ comes on the heels of a resolution reached by ICE and Harvard/MIT in connection with a lawsuit filed challenging... Read More

ICE: No New Student Visas for 100% Online Study
Posted on 25 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, July 24, 2020 "Nonimmigrant students and schools certified by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) should abide by SEVP guidance originally issued in March 2020 . The guidance enables schools and students to engage in distance learning... Read More

Tags: sevis , COVID-19 , sevp , ICE