Immigration Insights

May 27, 2019

NP Immigration Blog

Author(s): Courtney H. New, Jason Gerrol, Mary-Benham B. Nygren, Elizabeth H. James

Employers are facing an ever-changing and increasingly unpredictable immigration landscape. You can rely on Nixon Peabody to analyze all the latest developments in this active area of law, and deliver the guidance you need on a variety of immigration issues.

DHS extends Temporary Protected Status for six countries as a result of court challenges

DHS has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals of Nepal, Honduras, Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti and El Salvador as a result of federal litigation challenging the Trump administration’s decision to terminate TPS for those countries.—Jason Gerrol

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Trump Administration Takes Aim at Visa Overstays

The Trump administration shifts the immigration conversation away from the southern border to those individuals who have overstayed nonimmigrant visas.—Courtney H. New

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Border searches of electronic devices: what travelers should know

U.S. Customs and Border Protection seemingly has unlimited authority to search the contents of a traveler’s electronic device, and even retain that device. While a recent lawsuit has challenged that authority, travelers should nevertheless consider safeguarding privileged or sensitive information stored on their electronic devices when entering the United States.—Jason Gerrol

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State Department confirms authority to discontinue issuing visas to citizens of sanctioned countries

Is the Trump administration planning to suspend visa issuance to all citizens of sanctioned countries? A new rule paves the way.—Courtney H. New

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Form I-94 is changing! But this time it’s just the “number.”

As of May 2019, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will start issuing alphanumeric numbers on the Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record.—Elizabeth H. James

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30,000 additional H-2B visas for FY 2019

On April 22, 2019, DHS announced that an additional 30,000 H-2B seasonal visas will be made available for fiscal year 2019.—Mary-Benham B. Nygren

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USCIS addresses the legalization of marijuana

USCIS will uphold federal controlled substance law, including for marijuana, regardless of the legality under state law.—Jason Gerrol

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