Specializing in EB-5 Visas
for permanent U.S. residency for foreign investors
On 7/20/17, Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced the Dream Act of 2017 (S. 1615). The proposed bill seeks to provide legal status to young people who were brought to the United States as children and grew up this country. Such children are commonly known as “Dreamers”.
On July 17, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") released an updated version of Form I-9. Form I-9 is the key form used by U.S. employers to verify that an employee is authorized to work in the United States. The new version of Form I-9 has a version date of 07/17/17 and is obligatory for all U.S. employers starting September 18, 2017. The version date of 07/17/17 is found on the bottom left corner of the form.
On August 3, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") formally notified the public that it intends to change Form ETA 9035. Form ETA 9035 is the Labor Condition Application that U.S. employers must file before seeking a temporary work visa for a professional worker under the H-1B program, as well as the H-1B1 program for professionals from Chile and Singapore, and the E-3 program for professionals from Australia.
On Wednesday, August 2, 2017, the President and Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) presented their proposal for reforming the U.S. immigration system. The bill, known as the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act (“RAISE Act”), seeks to create a points system for applicants seeking U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident visas (“Green Cards”).
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) can search information contained in digital devices, but these searches only apply to “information that is physically resident on the device during a CBP inspection”. According to a 06/20/2017 statement by a senior CBP administrator, they do not include “information that is solely located on remote servers”. A copy of the CBP statement is found here.