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Terminated Nonimmigrant Workers May Receive 180 Day Grace Period to find New Employment

Terminated Nonimmigrant Workers May Receive 180 Day Grace Period to find New Employment     Brandon D. Neuman, Attorney    As the tech industry continues to see massive layoffs, foreign workers that are impacted by the layoffs currently have a 60-day grace period to find a new employer who will transfer their visa. If they go beyond 60 days, they are considered out of status and could face issues with future applications. In order to retain these valuable resources, the Biden Administration proposed extending the period to 180 days, which will provide a welcome relief, if implemented.     However, this recommendation faces at least two administrative challenges...

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Potential Immigration Reform Measures on the Horizon

Potential Immigration Reform Measures on the Horizon  James K. Gotcher, Partner  In February 2021, the Biden Administration introduced the US Citizenship Act of 2021 in the House of Representatives, which provides comprehensive immigration reform (“CIR”). CIR was elusive for past administrations as the last major CIR occurred in 1986 with a smaller bill passing in 1990. However, in each attempt since, the bill would get caught up in partisan politics and never passed. The primary obstacle in each instance was the sheer size of the reform, making it impossible to get all sides to agree to all of the various parts or agree enough to pass a vote on it.   While the...

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President Biden’s Immigration Updates & Proposed Immigration Legislation

James K. Gotcher, Senior Partner  Brandon D. Neuman, Attorney   Katie W. Wu, Attorney  Although having only been recently inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States on January 20th, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden immediately began the rollout of his immigration agenda, promising an end to the strict immigration policies of the preceding Trump Administration. In his first day in office, President Biden signed a series of executive actions and memoranda that reversed the course of immigration, including, but not limited to: Reversing the travel ban on predominantly Muslim countries. In an executive order, President Biden moved to repeal a prior executive order from the Trump Administration that restricted entry into the United States from predominantly Muslim countries. In addition, he instructed the State...

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