Immigration Insights



November 26, 2019

NP Immigration Blog

Author(s): Jason Gerrol, Jenny L. Holmes, Mary-Benham B. Nygren

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.

Marijuana legalization bill proposes to remove immigration consequences

Marijuana continues to carry severe immigration consequences, even for foreign nationals merely employed in the legal marijuana industry, but a new bill recently passed by the House Judiciary Committee could change that.—Jason Gerrol

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Massachusetts District Court halts “suspicionless” searches of electronic devices at U.S. Border

Although the court stopped short of requiring border officials to obtain a warrant supported by probable cause prior to searching smartphones and laptops, its decision is being hailed as a major victory by privacy rights advocates. The ruling will serve as an important check on the rising number of electronic device searches conducted at the border each year.—Jenny L. Holmes

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DHS extends TPS documents for six countries

To ensure compliance with various court orders, DHS has announced it will extend the validity of TPS-related documents for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan through January 4, 2021.—Jason Gerrol

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Trump’s immigrant health insurance proclamation blocked by federal court

On October 30, 2019, a federal court temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s attempt to deny immigrant visas on health insurance grounds.—Jason Gerrol

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Premium processing fee increase

Effective December 2, 2019, USCIS will increase the premium processing fee on nonimmigrant and immigrant petitions.—Mary-Benham B. Nygren

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