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Regulatory Freeze and Review

By Radhika Balaji, Associate Attorney As part of the Day 1 Executive Actions signed by President Biden, a memorandum for a regulatory freeze on federal agency actions has been issued to ensure that the new and pending rules that were issued by the Trump administration have been reviewed by President Biden’s new appointees and designees.…

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President Biden Day 1 Executive Actions

On his first day in office, President Biden signed seventeen (17) executive orders and proclamations; 6 of which relate to immigration. These are mainly aimed at reversing some of the most restrictive immigration measures by former president Trump. Here is our brief summary: President Biden Revokes Muslim and African Travel Bans. In 2017 the Trump…

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President Biden Revokes Muslim and African Travel Bans

By Roujin Mozaffarimehr, Partner.  On his first day in office, President Biden signed seventeen (17) executive orders and proclamations, one of which included the revocation of the Muslim and African Travel Bans. These bans were put into place in 2017 by the Trump Administration and restricted the immigrant and non-immigrant entry of foreign nationals from…

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Two District Courts Set Aside DOL Interim Final Rule

By Roujin Mozaffarimehr This week, two District Courts set aside the Interim Final Rule, Strengthening Wage Protections for the Temporary and Permanent Employment of Certain Aliens in the United States, 85 FR 63872 (Oct. 8, 2020), of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Chamber of…

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DOL Wages Revised Through Interim Final Rule on October 8, 2020

by Roujin Mozaffarimehr On October 7, 2020, the Department of Labor published an interim final rule (IFR) (85 FR 63918) that dramatically changes the calculation methodology of the prevailing wage for OES-based wage levels for all occupations. This new rule took effect immediately on October 8, 2020 and impacts wage rates for H-1Bs, H-1B1s, and…

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Considerations for Legal Permanent Residents Outside of the US Due to COVID-19 Restrictions

By Radhika Balaji, Associate Attorney The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an unprecedent amount of uncertainty—several proclamations, travel restrictions, and government lock downs have prevented many from freely traveling back to the US. Unfortunately, amidst the pandemic, the USCIS has not provided relief to Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) of the US who are stuck out…

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President Trump Signs Executive Order for Aligning Federal Contracting and Hiring Practices

By Radhika Balaji, Associate Attorney On August 3, 2020, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order (EO 13940) on “Aligning Federal Contracting and Hiring Practices With the Interests of American Workers.”[1] This EO directs heads of federal agencies to review federal contracts and assess any negative impact on U.S. workers stemming from the use of…

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USCIS and DOL Sign Memorandum of Agreement to Share Immigration Data

By Roujin Mozaffarimehr On Friday July 31st, The Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The MOA will allow the two departments to share immigrant and nonimmigrant petition records and data. This includes data within the Office of Foreign…

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