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On January 20, 2018, the federal government entered into a partial shutdown. Generally, agencies that receive funding from filing fees or other government sources are expected to remain open, but are expected to experience service delays. Immigration processes and agencies will be impacted as explained below. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and its field offices will remain open. According to USCIS.gov, “The current lapse in [...]

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The Trump Administration has declared war on legal, employment-based immigration. Not since the Chinese Exclusion Acts of the 1800’s have we seen such restrictionist views on immigration policy, particularly in the area of employment-based immigration. Without a change in immigration regulations, the Trump Administration is quietly erecting a “silent wall” creating barriers and unattainable high standards in the adjudications process, which often exceed regulatory intent. The [...]

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Whiteman Osterman & Hanna partner L.J. D'Arrigo recently hosted a webinar titled "Employment Eligibility Verification: How to comply in an era of increasing enforcement" in conjunction with Farm Credit East, a specialized lender and financial services leader committed to northeast agriculture, commercial fishing and forest product industries.  The webinar discussed the ins and outs of employment eligibility and compliance, covering the I-9 hiring process and pitfalls, I-9 completion and [...]

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Despite legal challenges and separate statewide rulings, the Supreme Court has given the third version of the Trump administration’s travel ban the green light.  The administration can now fully enforce its restrictions on travel from eight nations – Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. Restrictions vary between the nations, but most citizens will find themselves unable to emigrate permanently to the U.S., and some may further be barred from [...]

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ALBANY, N.Y. (November 28, 2017) – Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP, the Capital Region’s largest law firm, announces a new immigration attorney:  Cianna Freeman-Tolbert.  Ms. Freeman-Tolbert joins Whiteman Osterman & Hanna’s Immigration Practice Group.  Her practice will focus on immigration litigation including removal and deportation defense.  Ms. Freeman-Tolbert brings a wealth of experience in immigration court proceedings and immigration [...]

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