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President Trump Issues Nonimmigrant Visa Executive Order Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

[06/24/20]

Posted on June 24, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates, Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On Monday, June 22, 2020, President Trump signed an executive order regarding immigration policies and enforcement amidst the COVID-19 pandemic titled “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present A Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak” (the “Executive Order”). Most significantly, the new proclamation affects nonimmigrant visas that permit work authorization.... READ MORE

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USCIS Provides Flexibility for J-1 Waiver Physicians During the COVID-19 Pandemic

[05/19/20]

Posted on May 19, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates, HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

On May 11, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published a policy memorandum providing temporary flexibility for physicians completing a J-1 waiver service obligation during the COVID-19 pandemic. The policy memorandum addresses the full-time work requirement and telehealth services for these physicians in light of the Public Health Emergency issued in response to the... READ MORE

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President Trump Issues Immigration Executive Order Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

[04/23/20]

Posted on April 23, 2020 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On Wednesday, April 22, 2020,  President Trump signed an executive order regarding immigration policies and enforcement amidst the COVID-19 pandemic titled “Suspension of Entry of Immigrants Who Present a Risk to the United States Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak” (the “Executive Order”). As we discussed with President... READ MORE

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H-4 Dependents Face New Hurdles for Maintaining Status in the U.S.

[03/25/19]

Posted on March 25, 2019 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

On March 8, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) published a revised Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, which is used to change or extend the status of a variety of nonimmigrants in the U.S., including H-4 dependents of H-1B workers. As of March 22, 2019, USCIS will only accept the revised version... READ MORE

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Immigration Consequences for Prescribing Medical Marijuana

[02/21/19]

Posted on February 21, 2019 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

The legality and use of medical marijuana has been changing rapidly over the last decade. The rules for prescribing medical marijuana vary under state law, but the sale, possession, production and distribution of marijuana, or the facilitation of these crimes, remains illegal under U.S. federal law. This landscape creates uncertainty for many physicians but... READ MORE

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Proposed Changes to H-1B Cap Process

[12/04/18]

Posted on December 4, 2018 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) recently announced a notice of proposed rulemaking that would require employers seeking to file cap-subject H-1B petitions to first electronically register with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”). The proposed rule would also reverse the order that USCIS selects H-1B petitions under the H-1B cap and the advanced... READ MORE

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USCIS Allows Adjudicators More Discretion in Decision to Deny Immigration Petitions Filed by Employers

[07/24/18]

Posted on July 24, 2018 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

The adjudicators who review employer submitted immigration petitions such as H-1B’s and I-140’s will soon have more discretion available to deny those petitions. Health care employers will be specifically affected by this change as about 25 percent of all physicians practicing or training in the United States are foreign born. On July 13, 2018,... READ MORE

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Rural Physician Recruitment: Using HPSAs and MUAs to Your Advantage

[07/25/17]

Posted on July 25, 2017 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

It is no secret that physician recruitment in rural areas can be challenging for hospitals and other health care entities. Though some doctors may be drawn to living in areas with less hustle and bustle, many prefer areas with larger populations and more opportunities. Rural health care needs are sometimes difficult to address, but... READ MORE

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USCIS to Resume H-1B Premium Processing for Certain Petitions

[07/24/17]

Posted on July 24, 2017 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced on July 24, 2017 that it would resume premium processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions effective immediately. Premium processing allows petitioners to pay a fee to receive a decision from USCIS within 15 calendar days. Without premium processing, wait times can extend for long periods, which delays... READ MORE

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Canadian Advanced Practice Registered Nurses with Valid TN Visas Are Being Turned Away at the Canadian Border

[03/16/17]

Posted on March 16, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Reports from Canada and CBC News have confirmed that Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (“APRNs”), including Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists and Nurse Practitioners, who work in the United States pursuant to valid NAFTA professional (“TN”) visas have been denied entry to the United States within the past week. These APRNs have been informed by U.S.... READ MORE

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