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Canada will see a great deal more asylum applications this year as the Trump Administration shows signs of tightening U.S. asylum procedures. Asylum seekers to the U.S. face about a 50-50 chance of rejection after President Donald Trump issued his Executive Order on Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements (EO), however, getting to the hearing stage may be even less likely.  The Administration’s asylum policies are clear. Section 11 of the EO states: “It is the policy of the executive branch to end the abuse of parole and asylum provisions currently used to prevent the lawful removal of removable aliens.” Additionally, Section 6 terminates “the practice commonly known as ‘catch and release,’ whereby aliens are routinely released in the United States shortly after their apprehension for violations of immigration law.” Read More about Asylum Seekers Heading to Canada >
In the 2017 climate of changing immigration policy, extra precautions should be taken by foreign nationals seeking visitor status to enter the United States. U.S. employers and families should also understand the limitations on visitors before inviting foreign-national colleagues or relatives to the U.S. Visitor status is accorded to foreign nationals who either: 1) successfully obtain a B-1 (visitor for business) or B-2 (visitor for pleasure) visa at a U.S. consulate abroad; or 2) are eligible for a waiver of the visa requirement through the ESTA program for nationals of certain countries recognized by the U.S. as having low rates of visa overstay.  Find Out More About B Visas Here >
In a recent executive order, US President Donald Trump ordered his cabinet secretaries to suggest reforms to the H-1B visa program to help ensure that “H-1B visas are awarded to the most-skilled or highest-paid petition beneficiaries.” While the executive order does not include any specific reform proposals for the H-1B program, remarks by an administration official suggest that reform efforts will focus on preventing foreign workers from undercutting American labor at less cost, which the official characterized as “abuse” of the system. More on Trump's Executive Order Here >
The Omnibus bill that will continue to fund the federal government until Sept. 30, 2017, was passed in both the House of Representatives and the Senate on May 4, 2017, and was signed by the president on May 5, 2017. Of note, the bill continues a provision that will extend the EB-5 Regional Center Program as-is until Sept. 30, 2017.  While the Omnibus bill does not contain provisions that will alter the program, including minimum investment amounts, TEA designations, or integrity measures, stakeholders should be reminded that the comment period for the proposed EB-5 regulations closed on April 11, and that the comments are currently in the review stageClick Here for More on the EB-5 Program>
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