The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit announced on
April 10, 2017, that it would conduct a full bench hearing of the
lower court's decision. The en banc hearing before 15 Fourth
Circuit judges is scheduled for May 8, 2017, in Richmond, Virginia,
and bypasses a customary three-judge review of a lower court
The court will review the March 15, 2017, decision of a US
District Court judge in the District of Maryland, who issued a
nationwide preliminary injunction partially blocking implementation
of the executive order, which was scheduled to be implemented on
Thursday, March 16, 2017.
In response to the plaintiffs' motion in International
Refugee Assistance Project, et al., vs. Donald J. Trump, et. al.,
US District Court Judge Theodore D. Chuang issued a 43-page
decision enjoining, nationwide, Section 2 of the executive order.
Section 2 would temporarily suspend, for 90 days, the entry into
the United States of certain nationals of six countries: Iran,
Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
In addition, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
announced on April 3, 2017, that it would hear on an expedited
basis an appeal of a decision of a US District Court judge in the
District of Hawaii. In the matter titled State of Hawaii et al v.
Donald Trump et al., US District Court Judge Derrick Watson issued
a temporary restraining order enjoining, nationwide, Sections 2 and
6 of the executive order. Section 6 of the executive order would
realign the US Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP), including the
temporary suspension, for 120 days, of travel by refugees into the
United States under USRAP.
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United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
announced today that the annual H-1B quota for both the regular
65,000 visa petition bachelor's degree cap and the 20,000 visa
petition U.S. master's degree cap has been met for Fiscal Year
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 17, 2017, that it had completed its annual H-1B lottery and had selected a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 65,000 petition bachelor's degree cap and the 20,000 petition U.S. master's degree cap.
April 5, 2017 - Canadian Immigration authorities conducted the 8th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2017 and 58th overall, featuring a record lowest score of 431 and inviting 3753 applicants for permanent residence, under all programs.
In connection with the Trump Administration's desire to crack-down on its perceived misuse of the H-1B visa category, various U.S. government agencies have announced a coordinated effort in re-interpreting regulations as well as newly focused enforcement initiatives.
Beginning June 6, 2017, the Canada immigration department will award points under the comprehensive ranking system in two new areas including strong French language ability, and having a sibling in Canada.
The Quebec Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness (MIDI) announced a maximum number of 5000 Skilled Worker Program applications submitted on line ("Mon projet Quebec"), will be accepted for its intake period in 2017. The period of reception will be revealed at a later date.
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