Immigration Update
June* 2020
U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against Administration's Attempt to End DACA Program Which Provides Temporary Immigration Protection to More Than 600,000 Undocumented Migrants Who Entered the U.S. as Children

On June 18, 2020, in a 5 to 4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the Trump Administration's attempt to order a termination of the Obama-era DACA Program, which gave temporary legal status and work authorization to certain undocumented migrants who entered the U.S. as children. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion for the majority decision. The Chief Justice stated that the Trump Administration did not follow proper procedure in its attempt to terminate the DACA Program, and that the Administration's actions were "arbitrary and capricious." It remains uncertain whether the White House will try again to terminate the DACA Program.

White House Issues New Proclamation Restricting H-1, L-1 and Certain J-1 Temporary Work Visas through December 31, 2020 - New Policy Could Affect More Than 200,000 Jobs

On June 22, 2020, the White House issued a new Executive Order adding extensive new restrictions on work visas for H-1B professional workers, L-1 multinational managers and executives, H-2B temporary seasonal workers and J-1 visas for certain exchange visitors. The new policy will be in effect from June 24, 2020 until December 31, 2020 and could affect more than 200,000 international workers. The most frequent users of H-1 and J-1 visas include major U.S. universities and corporations, especially high tech companies such as Amazon, Apple, Oracle and Microsoft. The new policy will have some limited exceptions "in the national interest." Multiple Federal Court lawsuits challenging the new proclamation are expected.

Tip of the Month

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1Bs and other Work Visas

Effective June 22, 2020, USCIS has resumed Premium Processing (Special Expedited 15 day Service) for all H-1B Sponsorships. Premium Processing is also restored for most I-140 Petitions for employment-based green cards and for most other types of temporary work sponsorships, including H-2, L-1, E-1, E-2 and more. Premium Processing requires a Form I-907 and a $1,440 filing fee. Many employers use this to avoid processing delays that can be 3 to 6 months or longer.

For more details about other work visa options, read our FAQ's .
U.S. Issues New Restrictions on Entry of Certain Students and Researchers from China and Extends Existing Restrictions on Non-Essential Travel to U.S. from Canada and Mexico

Effective June 1, 2020, the White House implemented a new policy blocking certain graduate-level students and researchers from China who may have any involvement with the Chinese government's "military-civil fusion strategy" and who are seeking to enter the U.S. on an F or J temporary visa.

On June 11, 2020, the Trump Administration extended existing restrictions on "non-essential" travel to the U.S. from Canada and Mexico for an additional 30 days until July 23.

*Note: There is no May issue of Update this year. Therefore, this June issue covers leading developments in May and June, 2020
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