Immigration Implications of Accepting Financial Assistance in the Wake of COVID-19

Immigration Implications of Accepting Financial Assistance in the Wake of COVID-19 Questions and uncertainties abound concerning the immigration implications of the federal government’s COVID-19 relief packages, such as: As a foreign national in the U.S. on an employment-based visa, will your immigration status be put in jeopardy if you work from home, lose your job, […]

Immigration Update: Additional Impacts Related to COVID-19

Immigration Update: Additional Impacts Related to COVID-19 President Trump recently announced that the U.S./Mexico border would be closed to “non-essential” traffic. Yesterday, U.S Customs and Border Protection provided guidance on the closure. Importantly, these restrictions currently only apply to land ports of entry and ferry services. Permissible essential travel includes “traveling to work in the […]

Immigration Update: U.S./Canada Border Closed to Non-Essential Travel

Immigration Update: U.S./Canada Border Closed to Non-Essential Travel On March 18, 2020, President Trump and Prime Minister Trudeau announced that the U.S./Canada border would be closed to “non-essential” traffic. This announcement supersedes Canada’s earlier travel restrictions that contained an exception for U.S. citizens traveling to Canada. U.S Customs and Border Protection has not yet provided […]

Immigration Update: COVID-19 UK & Ireland (E-Blast)

Immigration Update: COVID-19 UK & Ireland (E-Blast) President Trump issued a proclamation extending the European travel ban to include the United Kingdom and Ireland. The restrictions on the United Kingdom and Ireland are effective March 17, 2020. As a reminder, entry is suspended for persons who have been to the Schengen Area, United Kingdom, Ireland, […]

Immigration Update: COVID-19 (E-Blast)

In response to COVID-19, President Trump has issued a proclamation restricting travel to the U.S. from 26 European countries in Schengen area. The restriction is effective March 13, 2020 and is for a period of 30 days. The European travel ban does not include the United Kingdom, Ireland, and certain Eastern European countries outside the […]

New H-1 selection procedures

Gee & Zhang E-Blast: New H-1 selection procedures: The USCIS has published regulations advising that the H-1 lottery procedures for 2020 will be changed. The new procedures will require that prospective employers register the names of the prospective H-1 employees between March 1-20. This year the Gee and Zhang Immigration Seminar will be conducted on […]

Gee & Zhang Immigration E-Blast 12/23/19

Gee & Zhang E-Blast: A number of the academic research organizations have observed that under the Trump administration the USCIS has issued significantly more Request For Evidence (REE) and denied more H and L petitions than previous administrations. In fact, we have observed that a number of H and L cases that had previously been […]

Executive Order: January 27, 2017 – Travel Ban

On Friday, without advance notice the President signed an Executive Order directing the suspension of visa issuance and immigration benefits to “nationals of countries of particular concern”: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Yemen, Syria and Somalia. Shortly thereafter both non-immigrants and Permanent Residents nationals from those countries began being refused entry. This ban will be in […]

2016 IMMIGRATION SEMINAR

Topics to be discussed include: H-1B overview – Compliance focusing on Public Access Files Alternates to the H-1B Employment Based Green Card Recruitment When: March 3, 2016, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM Where: San Felipe Plaza, 5847 San Felipe St., 2nd Floor Conference Center, Houston, Texas 77057 Price: Free! Earn 2 credit hours “The use of this seal […]