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  1. Trumpís Extreme Vetting Ė L-1B Site Visits

    By: Bruce Buchanan, Sebelist Buchanan Law

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    As many immigration attorneys had anticipated, L-1B site visits by the USCIS and its Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) officers have recently begun. This appears to be another example of the Trump administrationís extreme vetting. These site visits have occurred while companies have pending L-1B visa extensions with the USCIS.

    An L-1B visa is a transfer of an employee with specialized knowledge from a foreign office of the company or its affiliate or subsidiary to a United States facility. It is dissimilar to the H-1B visa in that it is not subject to a cap nor any salary restrictions. But, it can only be utilized by multinational corporations. It is like an H-1B visa in that it is a vehicle for a company to employ a skilled foreign worker on a non-immigrant or temporary visa. An L-1B visa holder is eligible to be employed for up to five years.

    Historically, site visits have taken place on H-1B visas, especially where the H-1B visa holder was employed off-site. As a result of Trumpís April 2017 Executive Order ďBuy American and Hire AmericanĒ, the administration has stated it will use a ďmore targeted approachĒ to H-1B visits Ė meaning more site visits where there is possible fraud or abuse in the visa application.

    Some of the pending legislation in Congress to reform or change the H-1B visa also includes changes to the L-1B visa. Senator Chuck Grassley (R Ė Iowa) has made the L-1B visa a target for immigration reform. Thus, this seems in keeping with the administration and their friends in Congress grouping H-1B visas with L-1B visas.

    At this point, it is difficult to determine how widespread the L-1B site visits are; however, the fact that there are L-1B site visits while a petition is pending is a change from prior administrations. I would anticipate these L-1B site visits to increase as this appears to be part of the Trump administrationís extreme vetting. I will keep you updated as more information becomes available.
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  2. Trump Puts "Americans First" for Immigration. But the Hurricane-Hit Americans of Puerto Rico Are Coming Last. Roger Algase

    As is so often the case, The Guardian, which has been among England's top newspapers for almost 200 years, put Donald Trump's weak response to the catastrophic damage caused to Puerto Rico by Hurricane Irma more succinctly than almost any US media managed to:

    "But it took the president five full days to respond to the plight of the US territory. When he finally did so on Monday night, his comments were so devoid of empathy that it started to spark new controversy.

    Hot on the heels of the dispute he single-handedly provoked over African-American sporting figures protesting racial inequality during the national anthem, Trump effectively blamed the islanders - all of whom are American citizens - for their own misfortune."

    The full story in The Guardian is available at:

    This is not the place to go into the full details of the federal government's efforts, or alleged lack of them, to help the American citizens of Puerto Rico in what has been called the greatest natural disaster in that island's history, where this entire US territory is reportedly without electric power.

    But every news report that I have seen so far, not only the one in The Guardian, indicates that Trump's reaction was a good deal less urgent or caring than his responses to the hurricanes in the white-majority states of Texas and Florida.

    Was Trump really putting "Americans First" when they happened to be Spanish-speaking Latino US citizens in desperate need of federal assistance and empathy from the president of the United States, rather than criticism over their debt crisis, which was also part of his comments (along with a geographically ignorant and absurd statement that it was harder to get help to Puerto Rico because it is allegedly surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean)?!

    Or is "America First", which appears in so many of Trump's immigration speeches as well as in some of his immigration executive orders, nothing more than an empty slogan used to cover his stated agenda of deporting millions of immigrants who. like the people of Puerto Rico, are Spanish-speaking and non-white, but who, unlike them, lack US citizenship; while cutting off the chances for additional millions of Spanish-speaking, non-white immigrants from Latin American countries to come to the United States legally through sponsorship by family members in the US, as demonstrated, among many other things, by his support of drastically restrictive, Eurocentric, immigration proposals such as the RAISE Act?

    (This is not to mention the president's recent tweet promising to end "Chain Migration" - an insulting epithet used by immigration opponents to refer to green card sponsorship of Latin American and other nonwhite legal immigrants through their close family relationships with US citizens or lawful permanent residents, as provided by our immigration laws for the past more than 50 years.)
    Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For more than 35 years, Roger has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants, from diverse parts of the world, obtain work visas and green cards. Roger's email address is

    Updated 09-30-2017 at 10:04 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs


    by , 09-27-2017 at 09:13 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Maria Schneider

    On Sunday, September 24, 2017, President Trump made a Presidential Proclamation regarding enhanced vetting for visa applicants from certain countries. The Proclamation has been called the “Travel Ban 3.0” by reporters and commentators. The Proclamation will go into effect on October 18, 2017 at 12:01 AM ET.

    The Proclamation puts restrictions on the issuance of visas to nationals of certain countries until those countries meet the US government’s requirements for information sharing about visa applicants. No visas will be revoked under the Proclamation. The affected countries and visa types are:

    • No B1/B2 tourist visas will be issued to nationals of:
      • Yemen
      • Chad
      • Libya

    • B1/B2 tourist visas will not be issued Venezuelan government officials and their family members.

    • No visas will be issued to nationals of Iran, with the exception of F, M, and J visas which will only be issued after extra scrutiny.

    • No immigrant visas (green cards) will be issued to individuals from Somalia. Non-immigrant visas (i.e. F, J, H-1B, L-1) will be issued, but only with extra vetting.

    • Lastly, no visas, of any type, will be issued to nationals from Syria or North Korea.

    In response to the President’s Proclamation, the Supreme Court cancelled the oral argument on the earlier version of the travel ban, scheduled for October 10, 2017. The Supreme Court asked the attorneys in the case to submit briefs as to whether the travel ban issue is now moot. When a policy expires and a new policy is put in place, the challenge to the old policy can be “moot” meaning it is no longer debatable because the old policy has expired.

    Please read the Musillo Unkenholt Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at and You can also visit us on Facebook, Twitter and LinknedIn.

    Updated 09-27-2017 at 09:16 AM by CMusillo

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