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DOS Final Rule: Procedures for Issuing Visas

Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 211 / Monday, November 2, 2015 - "The Department of State is updating its regulations regarding nonimmigrant visa format, and records retention procedures. These updates reflect changes in technology, including the current practice of issuing machinereadable visas...

News Excerpts From the Dec. 1, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

EOIR Appoints New Immigration Judges and Assistant Chief Immigration Judges | In November, the Executive Office for Immigration Review announced the appointment of two new immigration judges and six new assistant chief immigration judges. Jonathan Simpson, a former assistant chief counsel for U...

Temporary Professional, Managerial, and Skilled Foreign Workers: Policy and Trends - CRS Report

Congressional Research Service, Jan. 13, 2016 - "Temporary visas for professional, managerial, and skilled foreign workers have become an important gateway for high-skilled immigration to the United States. Over the past two decades, the number of visas issued for temporary employment-based admission...

Visas For Musicians? Plan Ahead, Not on Rock & Roll Time

Allissa Wickham, Law360, Feb. 22, 2016 - "One of the most important things a musician seeking a visa can do is to allow plenty of time for gathering support materials, according to Daniel Kowalski, an attorney with the Fowler Law Firm and editor of Bender’s Immigration Bulletin . “If...

Trump Taps Romanian Visa Workers for Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach

New York Times, Feb. 25, 2016 - "Donald J. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach describes itself as “one of the most highly regarded private clubs in the world,” and it is not just the very-well-to-do who want to get in. Since 2010, nearly 300 United States residents have applied...

Abused Filipino Visa Workers to Receive Over $15M in Damages

L.A. Times, May 13, 2016 - "The owners of the now-shuttered L’Amande French Bakery that operated in Beverly Hills and Torrance have been ordered to pay nearly $15.3 million in damages for exploiting 11 Filipino workers. U.S. District Judge Fernando Olguin on May 2 granted a default judgment...

No New B Visas at Caracas (May 18, 2016)

Official U.S. Embassy Website - "IMPORTANT NEW INFORMATION FOR ALL NONIMMIGRANT VISA APPLICANTS IN VENEZUELA - As of May 18, 2016, the U.S. Embassy in Caracas is no longer able to provide new appointments for first-time business or tourist (B-1/B-2) visa applicants. ... We regret this significant...

Is Your Hawaiian Seafood Caught by Slaves?

Martha Mendoza and Margie Mason, Associated Press, September 8, 2016 - "Pier 17 doesn’t even show up on most Honolulu maps. Cars whiz past it on their way to Waikiki. Passing tourists, let alone locals, are unaware that just behind a guarded gate, another world exists: foreign fishermen confined...

Sen. Boxer Calls on USCIS, DOL to Investigate Trump Model Management re Visas

Sen. Barbara Boxer, Sept. 7, 2016 - "U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today sent a letter to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Director León Rodriguez in response to a recent Mother Jones article alleging widespread noncompliance with immigration and labor laws by Trump Model Management...

Hawaiian Fisheries Labor Practices Follow-Up (Sept. 22, 2016)

Martha Mendoza, Margie Mason, Associated Press, Sept. 22, 2016 - "State and federal lawmakers are promising to improve conditions for hundreds of foreign fishermen working in the U.S. commercial fleet in Hawaii, and at least one company already stopped buying fish from the boats following an Associated...

Expert: Congress Should Repeal Hawaiian Fishing Labor Loophole

Martha Mendoza, Associated Press, Sept. 22, 2016 - "Two Indonesian fishermen who escaped slavery aboard a Honolulu-based tuna and swordfish vessel when it docked at San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf are suing the boat's owner for tricking them into accepting dangerous jobs they say they...

Shucks, Oysters are not Agriculture

Guest workers who worked shucking oysters for a seafood company alleged that the company violated sections of the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (AWPA). The company claimed that the AWPA did not protect workers who shucked oysters. In defining "agricultural employment...

How Today’s Visa Restrictions Might Impact Tomorrow’s America

Samuel Granados, Washington Post, Feb. 21, 2017 - "Many tech companies and scholars have raised their voices against President Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order on immigration. The hundreds of researchers and high-skilled workers who could be affected by the travel ban are part of the larger...

White House 'Enhanced Vetting' Memo to DOJ, DHS, DOS (Mar. 6, 2017)

White House, Mar. 6, 2017 - "The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release March 06, 2017 Memorandum for the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Homeland Security MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL THE SECRETARY...

Is Trump Hanging Afghan Allies Out to Dry?

New York Times, Mar. 10, 2017 - "Afghans who worked for the American military and government are being told that they cannot apply for special visas to the United States, even though Afghanistan is not among the countries listed in President Trump’s new travel ban, according to advocates for...

Why Don't They Come Legally? The Answer May Surprise You - Daniel M. Kowalski

Daniel M. Kowalski, special to the Austin American-Statesman, Mar. 14, 2017 - "“Why don’t they come in here legally?” It’s the complaint we hear all the time about the nation’s estimated 11.1 million people living in the country illegally. Usually the question is followed...

Flurry of State Department Cables Highlights Visa Screening - Reuters Exclusive

Reuters, Mar. 23, 2017 - "U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has directed U.S. diplomatic missions to identify "populations warranting increased scrutiny" and toughen screening for visa applicants in those groups, according to diplomatic cables seen by Reuters. He has also ordered...

Houston Doctors Dodge Immigration Bullet...For Now

Lomi Kriel, Houston Chronicle, Mar. 30, 2017 - "On Wednesday afternoon, Dr. Pankaj Satija and his wife, both immigrants from India living and working legally in Houston, were abruptly told by immigration officials they had 24 hours to leave the United States. A new policy, they were told, no longer...

Ag Secretary Says Trump Open to Allowing Immigrant Farm Workers To Stay In U.S.

Peggy Lowe, Harvest Public Media, Apr. 28, 2017 - "U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Friday said President Trump may be open to creating a way for some undocumented immigrant workers to stay in the U.S. and Perdue is already working on a “blueprint” of policy guidelines to offer...

State Dept. May Ask 65,000 Foreigners with 'Threat Profiles' for Extra Info

Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 85 / Thursday, May 4, 2017 - "The Department proposes requesting the following information, if not already included in an application, from a subset of visa applicants worldwide, in order to more rigorously evaluate applicants for terrorism or other national security...

Despite Political Resistance, Use of Temporary Worker Visas Rises as U.S. Labor Market Tightens

Muzaffar Chishti and Jessica Bolter, MPI, June 20, 2017 - "With laid-off workers by his side at campaign rallies, Donald Trump pledged to preserve “U.S. jobs for U.S. workers.” True to that promise, since assuming office, President Trump has issued an executive order and a series of...

Trump Executive Order Slows Visas

USA Today, June 22, 2017 - "President Trump has taken a small step toward "extreme vetting" of foreign travelers to the United States, signing an executive order that will have the effect of slowing down visas for tourists, business travelers and other short-term visitors. The order...

Denied: Afghanistan's All-Girl Robotics Team Can't Get Visas To The US

Hilary Brueck, Forbes, June 29, 2017 - "Their robot may have permission to travel, but six teenage Afghan inventors are staying put this summer. They've been rejected for a one-week travel visa to escort their robot to the inaugural FIRST Global Challenge – an international robotics...

Our Tax Dollars Paid $10K Per Page for Rex Tillerson's 'Listening Tour' Report...But He Won't Let Us See It - Daniel M. Kowalski

Daniel M. Kowalski , July 8, 2017 - Visas and passports are near and dear to my professional heart. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson paid $1,086,250 to Insigniam Holding LLC to do a "listening tour" of DOS staffers. The 110-page report was distributed internally on Wednesday, July 5, 2017....

Battle emerging inside Trump administration over who controls immigration and refugees

Josh Rogin, Washington Post, July 9, 2017 - "When President Trump spoke of the need to defend Western civilization in Poland last week, many saw an effort by him and some of his top White House advisers to redefine the mission of American foreign policy away from building relationships and spreading...