New U.S. COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

New U.S. COVID-19 Travel Restrictions   The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an order requiring airline passengers intending to arrive in the United States, including U.S. citizens and LPRs, to provide documentation that they do not have COVID-19. This order will be effective beginning January 26, 2021.   Specifically, the […]

Courts Support Employers/Employees in Immigration Battle

Courts Support Employers/Employees in Immigration Battle A pair of recent federal court decisions provides an optimistic outlook for the future of employment-based immigration. First, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has invalidated new policies rushed through by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Labor (DOL) that restricted employment-based immigration. […]

DOS Update on National Interest Exceptions to Travel Bans

DOS Update on National Interest Exceptions to Travel Bans   H/L Travel Ban   The Department of State (DOS) provided further guidance as to which visa applicants may be considered for a national interest exception under Executive Order 10052. Pursuant to this executive order, the DOS currently prohibits the issuance of new visa stamps to […]

Immigration Updates

Gee & Zhang LLP anticipates numerous and significant immigration developments over the coming months as the government continues to push through new immigration policies and deal with COVID-19 and the U.S. economic recovery. Given the rapid and increasing number of immigration changes, we have consolidated summaries of recent key items of interest to your business […]

Immigration Update: COVID-19 Brazil (E-Blast)

Immigration Update: COVID-19 Brazil (E-Blast) President Trump issued a proclamation extending the COVID-19 travel ban to include Brazil. The original effective date of May 28, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. has been moved up and the travel ban is now in effect. The ban applies to persons in Brazil or who have traveled to Brazil during the 14 […]

Immigration Update: I-9 Updates

I-9 Updates A New Version of Form I-9 was released on October 21, 2019 and is now mandatory. USCIS also announced a temporary COVID-19 policy allowing employees to provide List B documents that expired on or after March 1, 2020. Such documents will be treated as valid temporarily and the employee must provide a valid unexpired document with 90 […]

COVID-19 & Employer Obligations

COVID-19 & Employer Obligations The H-1B is one of only a few visa classifications, along with the E-3 and H-1B1, that require the filing of a Labor Condition Application (LCA) as part of the visa approval process. The LCA is submitted to the Department of Labor (DOL) and requires the employer to make certain attestations […]

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: Immigration Compliance & Working From Home

As you begin implementing shifts in business practices to allow remote working and facilitate continued employee safety during the COVID-19 outbreak, companies should be mindful of the steps needed for continued compliance with the immigration laws. The Department of Labor (DOL) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have not addressed any changes to 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 […]