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08/18/2017 - Vince Lau Speaking on Green Cards

Vince Lau serves as discussion leader at AILA PERM/H-2B Practice Conference in Seattle today and speaks on practice tips and strategies to get the prevailing wage determination correct and timely in connection with an employment-based green card process.



08/11/2017 - Clark Lau LLC Attorneys Edit Immigration Practice Manual

Clark Lau LLC attorneys serve as editors of the latest edition of the Immigration Practice Manual published by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.  This manual covers a wide range of immigration practice areas and provides the latest in legal theory and practical tips.  Check out the latest edition:  https://www.mcle.org/product/catalog/code/2050236B00



08/09/2017 - Vince Lau Joins BC Law Alumni Board

Vince Lau recently joined the Boston College Law School Alumni Board.  One of his first official duties was to attend a screening of "Abacus: Small Enough to Jail" which is a documentary about a community bank owned and run by the family of BC alumnae.  This was the only bank that was indicted for mortgage fraud during the 2008 financial crisis.  You can catch the documentary on PBS this fall.

In the meantime, read Vince's reactions: https://bclawimpact.org/2017/08/09/a-film-to-make-our-alma-mater-proud/



08/02/2017 - RAISE Act - New Immigration Rules?

RAISE Act Endorsed by Trump

On August 2, 2017, President Trump endorsed a bill that aims to limit legal immigration to the United States. The proposed Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment Act (“RAISE”) was initially introduced in April 2017.  If implemented, the bill would change the existing process for legal immigration by limiting the number of immigrants entering the United States to 500,000 per year. It would also grant permanent residence on the basis of merit. This system would give preference to highly-skilled English-speaking immigrants and limit family-based preference immigration categories. Under this proposed bill, U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents would not be able to petition for their adult children, and U.S. citizens would not be able to petition for their siblings. In addition, the proposed bill would limit the number of refugees allowed to enter the United States to 50,000 per year and end the diversity visa lottery program.

Please note that this is only a proposed bill and there has not been any immediate changes to the existing immigration laws. We expect this bill to face some strong resistance when it comes to a vote. For now, if you have any immigration concerns, please contact an immigration attorney to discuss the particulars of your case.  This information has been provided for informational purposes only by Clark Lau LLC.  



07/28/2017 - Vince Lau Appointed as Vice Chair

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is the national association of more than 15,000 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law. AILA member attorneys represent U.S. families seeking permanent residence for close family members, as well as U.S. businesses seeking talent from the global marketplace. AILA members also represent foreign students, entertainers, athletes, and asylum seekers, often on a pro bono basis. Founded in 1946, AILA is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that provides continuing legal education, information, professional services, and expertise through its 39 chapters and over 50 national committees. (www.aila.org)

Among one of AILA's most active committees is its U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) liaison committee.  While the committee does not address individual case resolutions, it does work with the different components of the DOL touching upon the various employment-based immigration benefits and processes.  Having been a member on the DOL liaison committee for the past several years, starting this summer Vince has been appointed as the Vice Chair of the committee with a particular responsibility over the H-1B and PERM processes.



07/17/2017 - International Entrepreneur Rule On Hold

International Entrepreneur Rule On Hold
 
In January, the Federal Register announced that a new option for entrepreneurs, the International Entrepreneur Rule, would take effect on July 17, 2017 (today). [Please see our postings on August 27, 2016 and January 17, 2017 below.]  This generated a lot of hope and excitement for the entrepreneur committee, until last week when the Federal Register announced that the effective date of this rule would be put on hold until March 14, 2018 in order that the public may provide feedback in response to the possibility of rescinding this rule.  While this outcome is not a surprise given the current political climate, it is also not likely that the rule will take effect in March. 
 
Individuals who were hoping to benefit from the International Entrepreneur Rule however are not without other options.  Options such as the E-1, E-2, and other nonimmigrant visas still remain viable short-term options for individuals to consider.  Likewise, depending on the level of experience and accomplishment of the entrepreneur, the individual may also want to consider any of the short-term and long-term accomplishment-based visa options.  In fact, in the big picture, these options may offer a more stable and long-term alternative solution to the proposed International Entrepreneur Rule. 
 
The above information has been provided for educational purposes only.  Please contact your Clark Lau LLC attorney to consider the facts of your situation and what options are available to you. 
 



07/14/2017 - Clark Lau LLC Welcomes Courtney Fields

Clark Lau LLC welcomes new team member Courtney Fields!

http://www.clarklau.com/index.cfm/AboutUs/OurTeam

Check out Courtney’s bio as well as the qualifications of the rest of the Clark Lau LLC team!  We’re here to partner with you as you tackle your immigration needs!



07/14/2017 - ABA Publishes Erin Hogan Article

American Bar Association features Clark Lau LLC Attorney Erin Hogan’s article on achievement-based immigrant visas. 

Check out more about this option for a green card:
https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/young_lawyers/committee_newsletters/2017/immigration-spring-2017.authcheckdam.pdf



06/29/2017 - Travel Ban Update

What is a Bona Fide Relationship?
 
The U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision on Monday regarding whether the temporary injunctions entered by the lower courts against Executive Order 13780, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” commonly known as the Travel Ban, should be upheld.  In short, the Supreme Court indicated the Travel Ban should not apply to individuals who have “any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”  The Travel Ban could however be applied to those without such a connection.  Additionally, where the Executive Order suspended the U.S. refugee program, the Supreme Court is allowing those with similar bona fide relationships to enter the U.S.
 
Developing News:
  1. What is considered a “bona fide relationship?”  Our latest sources indicate that the agencies implementing the Travel Ban have been instructed that a bona fide relationship includes a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, or sibling already in the United States.  Grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers- and sisters-in-law, fiancées/fiancés, or other extended family members do not qualify.
  2. New rule is to take effect 8PM EST on Thursday, June 29, 2017.  (Some sources indicate to us that the rule will take effect as early as 10:30AM on Thursday, i.e., today, at Boston Logan.)
 
Stay tuned.  Please note that the above information has been provided for educational purposes, not legal advice.  Please contact your Clark Lau LLC attorney to determine how this may apply to your specific situations.



06/26/2017 - US Supreme Court Partially Upholds Travel Ban

Travel Ban Upheld in Part by the Supreme Court for Now
 
The U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision today regarding whether the temporary injunctions entered by the lower courts against Executive Order 13780, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” commonly known as the Travel Ban, should be upheld.  In short, the Supreme Court indicated the Travel Ban should not apply to individuals who have “any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”  The Travel Ban could however be applied to those without such a connection.  Additionally, where the Executive Order suspended the  U.S. refugee program, the Supreme Court is allowing those with similar bona fide relationships to enter the U.S.
 
Similar to deciding other temporary injunctions, the Supreme Court had to weigh the following factors: (1) the likelihood of success of the challenge and (2) the harm that would be caused if no quick action were taken.  Based on this balancing, the Supreme Court allowed only part of the Travel Ban to be enforced.  This is a temporary decision and the Supreme Court has said that it will revisit this matter when it returns from its recess in October.  Of legal note is that some members of the Supreme Court believed that the group exempt from the Travel Ban was too broad.
 
What This Decision Means:

The Executive Order prohibited the entry of individuals from six different countries (Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) for at least 90 days.  The Supreme Court is now allowing individuals from these countries to enter the U.S. so long as these individuals can demonstrate a “bona fide relationship with a person or an entity in the United States.”

The Supreme Court reasoned that a sufficient “bona fide relationship” must be similar to those held by the individuals who brought the lawsuits against the Travel Ban.

Examples include the following:
  1. Those entering the U.S. to live with or to visit family members (e.g., wife, mother-in-law, etc.);
  2. Relationship must be “formal, documented, and formed in the ordinary course,” not just to evade the Travel Ban;
  3. Students admitted to attend U.S. institutions;
  4. A worker who has accepted an offer of employment from an American company;
  5. A lecturer invited to address an American audience; but
  6. Not those who are added onto client lists of non-profit organizations just to avoid the Travel Ban.
For those who do not fit exactly into the examples provided by the Supreme Court, much discretion remains with the State Department as far as the issuance of visas and with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at airports and borders as far as whether they would admit individuals.  What is also unclear is whether there will be sufficient training for the implementation of the Supreme Court decision.  Again, this is not a final order and it will not be the last that we will hear of this.  The Supreme Court has issued a temporary decision and has indicated that it will revisit this in October.
 
Should you have any questions concerning the above update, which should not be construed as legal advice, please contact Clark Lau LLC to see how this may impact your specific circumstances.



06/01/2017 - Clark Lau Joins Thousands in 5K Run

Last night, members of the Clark Lau team joined thousands from Greater Boston area law firms in the 10th Annual Lawyers Have Heart 5K which raised close to $300,000 for the American Heart Association.  This is the team's third run and we look forward to continuing our support in the years to come.



05/22/2017 - Vince Lau Speaks in Minneapolis

Vince Lau joins Kate Wasylik and Sarah Peterson at the AILA Upper Midwest Chapter Conference and addresses the audience on the latest trends on the PERM process.  The PERM process is the labor market test required of most employment-based immigration options.



05/16/2017 - Eric Lockwood Speaks on U.S. Citizenship

Clark Lau LLC Attorney Eric Lockwood speaks at the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education 16th Annual Employment-Based Immigation Law Conference.  Eric covered the basics and the more complex matters one encounters in seeking U.S. citizenship.



05/08/2017 - Vincent Lau Speaks on L-1 Blanket Petition Trends and Challenges

Clark Lau LLC Managing Partner Vincent Lau just finished speaking on L-1 Blanket Petition trends and challenges at the AILA Rome District Chapter Conference in Brussels.  Vince was joined by the Nonimmigrant Visa Unit Chief of the U.S. Consulate (Brussels) Kim Durand-Proud, Ellen Freeman of K&L Gates, David Grunblatt of Proskauer, and Dana Davidson of Davidson Law Group.



04/18/2017 - H-1Bs and the New Executive Order

Today President Trump signed a new Executive Order entitled “Buy American, Hire American.”  In addition to setting out the administration’s preference to have all federal agencies review their policies to maximize purchasing goods, products, and materials produced in the United States, this Executive Order specifically calls for a review of the current H-1B program.  The stated purpose is “to create higher wages and employment rates for workers in the United States, and to protect their economic interests.”

The current H-1B program requires there to be (1) a U.S. employer; (2) a specialty occupation position, which is defined as a job that has duties that are so complex that normally a bachelor’s or higher degree in a specific field is required for the position; (3) a qualified beneficiary; and (4) a required wage, which is the higher of what the U.S. Department of Labor deems as the prevailing wage for the occupation in that area of employment or what the employer is actually paying similarly situated employees, including U.S. workers.

The Executive Order has asked the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Labor, and the Secretary of Homeland Security to “as soon as practicable, and consistent with applicable law, propose new rules and issue new guidance, to supersede or revise previous rules and guidance if appropriate, to protect the interests of United States workers in the administration of our immigration system, including through the prevention of fraud or abuse.” Moreover, the Executive Order asks for reforms “to help ensure that H-1B visas are awarded to the most-skilled or highest-paid petition beneficiaries.”

The Executive Order does not go further nor does it set forth a timeframe for any H-1B reforms.  The Executive Order only requires that action be taken “as soon as practicable.”  

The above has been provided for educational purposes only.  Please stay tuned and we will keep you up to date.  Please also contact your Clark Lau LLC attorneys if you have any questions regarding how this may apply to your particular situation.




04/17/2017 - H-1B Lottery Completed

USCIS announced today that it received 199,000 H-1B petitions for Fiscal Year 2018.  This is less than what was received last fiscal year, i.e., over 230,000.  The number of visas available remains the same however.  There are 65,000 visa numbers available for general H-1B petitions and 20,000 additional visas for those with advanced U.S. degrees.

USCIS reports that it ran a computer-generated random selection process on April 11, 2017.  Over the next few weeks, USCIS will be generating receipts for those petitions chosen for processing.  Our office has also been monitoring whether USCIS has cashed any of the checks for filing fees associated with each particular petition.  We have noticed that more and more checks are being cleared, but we caution assuming that a petition has therefore been selected for processing until an actual receipt notice has been issued.

Please stay tuned for more updates.  The above information has been provided for informational purposes only. Please contact Clark Lau LLC to see how this applies to your particular situation.




04/08/2017 - FY2018 H-1B Cap Reached

On Monday, April 3, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) started receiving H-1B petitions for Fiscal Year 2018 filed by employers on behalf of individuals who have never been in H-1B status, or whose prior employer was a cap-exempt employer, i.e., colleges, universities, and non-profit or government research organizations.  

There are 65,000 visa numbers available, with an additional 20,000 for those beneficiaries with U.S. advanced degrees.  (Please note that 5800 of the 65,000 however are allocated to the H-1B1 program, reserved for citizens of Singapore and Chile.)  Yesterday afternoon USCIS announced that the cap has been reached, i.e., more than 65,000 petitions (and more than 20,000 petitions for individuals with U.S. advanced degrees) were received.  Last year, over 230,000 petitions were received within the first five days of filing.  The rule is that if more petitions than the available number of visas are received, then a lottery will be conducted to determine which of the petitions will be processed.

USCIS should be making an announcement regarding the lottery shortly.  Stay tuned for more updates!  

Please note that this information has been provided for educational purposes only.  Contact your Clark Lau LLC attorney regarding the specifics of your situation.




03/31/2017 - H-1B Petitions Ready to Go!


USCIS will be accepting H-1B petitions for the 2018 Fiscal Year starting Monday, April 3, 2017 until Friday, April 7, 2017.  Assuming they will receive more than visa numbers available (20,000 petitions for individuals with U.S. Master’s degrees and 65,000 “regular” petitions), they will be conducting a lottery soon after all of the petitions have been properly received. 
 
A special thanks to all of our clients who have worked with us to get their petitions ready to go!  Good luck!

Stay tuned right here for up to the minute news on FY18 H-1B Processing!



03/15/2017 - Temporary Retraining Order Against New Executive Order

Just hours before President Trump's revised Executive Order (Number 13,780, see Clark Lau LLC post on March 7, 2017), which restricts the entry of certain foreign nationals from certain countries and suspends entry of individuals from the US refugee program for specified periods of time, was to take effect, a federal judge in Hawaii issued a national temporary restraining order which suspends the implementation of the new Executive Order.  The judge found that the arguments of those opposing the Executive Order had a "strong likelihood of success" and that "irreparable injury" would occur if the suspension was not granted.

Stay tuned for more!



03/14/2017 - President's Executive Order Inspires a Community to Help

Managing Partner Vince Lau received an email from a friend and colleague Brian Eng in Portland, Maine just a few days after President Trump signed an Executive Order regarding travel restrictions.  This ban impacted the daughter of an Iraqi translator; the family was trying to reunite with the daughter.  

Check out the story that aired on WBUR:
http://www.wbur.org/kindworld/2017/03/14/kind-world-35-a-beginning




03/12/2017 - Who's Who Legal Corporate Immigration Announced

Clark Lau LLC Managing Partner Vincent Lau and Senior Counsel Steven Clark continue to be on the roster of Who’s Who Legal Corporate Immigration: http://whoswholegal.com/news/analysis/article/33728/corporate-immigration-2017-analysis/

Thank you for all your support!  We remain dedicated to providing you with quality and responsive immigration solutions, for individuals and for employers.



03/07/2017 - President Issues New Executive Order

On March 6, 2017, President issued a new Executive Order entitled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” which essentially revoked his previous Executive Order 13769 issued on January 27, 2017.  This new Executive Order seeks to address the concerns raised by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals while continue to limit the entry of certain nationals into the United States.  The new Executive Order becomes effective on March 16, 2017.
The most notable provisions in the new Executive Order are the following:
  • Nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syrian, and Yemen will not be allowed to enter the United States for 90 days from the effective date of the new Executive Order if they “are outside of the United Sates on the effective date of the order, did not have a valid visa at 5:00 pm EST on January 27, 2017, and did not have a valid visa on the effective date of this order.”  (Notably nationals from Iraq have been omitted from this revised list.)
  • The restriction will not apply to nationals from the aforementioned countries if (1) they are lawful permanent residents of the United States; (2) they are admitted or paroled into the United States on or after March 16, 2017; (3) they have documents other than a visa (i.e., advance parole document) that allows them to enter the United States if the documents are valid on March 16, 2017, or are issued thereafter; (4) they are dual nationals of another country and they are “traveling on a passport issued by a non-designated country;” (5) they are foreign nationals traveling on a diplomatic or diplomatic-type of visa;  or (6) they have been granted asylum or have been admitted to the U.S. as refugees, or have been granted withholding of removal, advance parole, or protection under the Convention Against Torture.
  • The Secretary of State, the Attorney General, or the Secretary of Homeland Security may also provide to the President the names of additional countries whose nationals may pose a threat to the security or welfare of the United States.
  • On a case-by-case basis, a consular officer or U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) may issue a visa, or permit the entry of a foreign national for whom entry has been suspended, if denying the entry would cause undue hardship, the entry does not pose a threat to the national security, and it would be in the national interest to allow the foreign national to enter the U.S. Foreign nationals who would be able to apply for case-by-case waivers to the Executive Order may include those previously admitted to the United States for “a continuous period of work, study, or other long-term activity;” those with “significant business or professional obligations;” and those seeking to visit or live with family.
  • The travel of refugees to the U.S. under the United Sates Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) will be suspended for 120 days after the Executive Order becomes effective, but this provision will not be applicable to those who have been formally scheduled to resettle to the United States as long as it is scheduled before the effective date of this new Executive Order.
  • Only 50,000 refugees will be allowed to enter in the fiscal year 2017.
  • The Visa Interview Waiver Program is immediately suspended. (This is a program that allows individuals who are applying for a visa at a consulate abroad to bypass an in-person interview.  This is not to be confused with the Visa Waiver Program, also known as ESTA, which allows individuals to travel to the U.S. for up to 90 days if they are from certain countries without first obtaining an actual visa stamp from a consular office.)
  • Any immigrant or nonimmigrant visa issued before the effective date of this Executive Order will not be revoked pursuant to this Executive Order.
  • If an individual’s visa was marked revoked or canceled as a result of the previous Executive Order 13769, the individual will be “entitled to a new travel document to enter the United States” and any prior cancellation or revocation of a visa solely pursuant to the previous Executive Order will not be the basis of inadmissibility for any future determination regarding entry or admissibility.
  • The new Executive Order will not be applicable to those who have been granted asylum, a refugee who is already in the U.S., or an individual who is granted withholding of removal or protection under the Convention Against Torture.
Please note that the above has been offered for educational purposes only.  Please contact Clark Lau LLC to determine how the above may impact your particular circumstances.



03/03/2017 - USCIS Suspends Premium Processing for H-1Bs

USCIS just announced hours ago that it will not honor any requests for premium processing of any H-1B petitions received on or after April 3, 2017.  The suspension is reported to be “up to six months” and USCIS will notify the public when this suspension is lifted.  USCIS reports that this suspension is to allow for the processing of backlogged H-1B cases.

What does this mean?

•    Premium processing is the option for a petitioner to request that USCIS provide a response to its H-1B petition within 15 days of filing by paying an additional processing fee of $1225.
•    Given that H-1B cap cases cannot be filed until April 3, 2017, a petitioner filing an H-1B cap case can no longer request premium processing. (An H-1B cap case is one where the beneficiary is seeking H-1B status for the first time or has not held H-1B status within the last six years.)
•    Any other H-1B petition, such as a change of employer or an extension, also will not be able to seek premium processing.
•    H-1B cap exempt petitions, such as those where the petitioner is a college, university, government research organization, or non-profit research organization, also are prohibited from seeking premium processing.
•    Premium processing for other eligible immigration benefits (e.g., L-1, O-1, TN, E-1/E-2, I-140 immigrant petitions, among others) will continue.

The above has been provided by Clark Lau LLC for informational purposes only.  Please contact your Clark Lau LLC attorney to see how the above may impact your circumstances.




02/09/2017 - Temporary Order Prevails

Temporary Order Against the Executive Order Remains

On Friday, February 3, 2017, a federal court in Washington State issued a temporary order which prohibits the enforcement of certain provisions of the Executive Order signed by President Trump on January 27, 2017: refusal of entry of individuals from the seven countries; refusal of admission of refugees, including those from Syria; and allowing for prioritizing refugee claims based on certain religion.

On Tuesday, February 7, 2017, the government argued to an appeals court that the Executive Order should be implemented and that the temporary order issued by the federal court in Washington State should not be honored.

Just today, Thursday, February 9, 2017, the appeals court came back with a decision indicating that it was not convinced by the arguments of the government and the temporary order prohibiting the implementation of the Executive Order stands for the time being.
 
Therefore, according to the temporary order, individuals from the seven countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) with immigrant or nonimmigrant visas and refugees, including those from Syria, may enter the United States while the temporary order is valid.  Please note that this is not the end.  The government may seek an appeal or take other action to block the temporary order.  The process continues; stay tuned!
 
Please note that the above information has been provided for educational purposes only and is current as of February 9, 2017 and is subject to change.  Please consult Clark Lau LLC regarding your particulars and the latest in developments before making any travel plans.
 
 





02/06/2017 - Update on Trump's Immigration Executive Order

On Friday, January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.”  In the week that followed much confusion and complication have ensued for international travels.  While matters are still in flux, and your Clark Lau team continues to monitor its latest developments, including a current federal court order issued by a court in Washington state that has national impact and that could be challenged, below are highlights of the Executive Order and some practical implications in regards to international travel.

Highlights of the Executive Order

•    Suspend issuance of visas and immigration benefits to nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen (hereinafter “the seven countries”)
•    Suspend entry of immigrants and nonimmigrants of individuals from the seven countries for 90 days, excluding those with diplomatic visas, NATO visas, C-2 visas to travel to the United Nations, and G-1, G-2, G-3, and G-4 visas
•    Review existing system to determine what information is needed to verify identity of a visa/immigration applicant and whether such an individual is a security or public safety threat
•    Produce a report regarding the above necessary information within 30 days of the Executive Order
•    Request all foreign governments to provide the determined information as a result of the above report and ban entry of individuals from those governments which fail to comply within 60 days of the report until compliance
•    Make an exception on a case-by-case basis for those of “national interest”
•    Reevaluate U.S. Refugee Admissions Program
•    Suspend entry of refugees for 120 days
•    Once refugee admission is resumed, may prioritize refugee claims made by individuals on the basis of religious-based persecution provided that the religion of the individual is a minority religion in the individual’s country
•    Suspend entry of Syrian refugees all together
•    Admit no more than 50,000 refugees
•    Expedite completion of a biometrics entry-exit tracking system for all foreign nationals
•    Suspend current visa interview waiver program whereby requiring in-person interviews for all visa applications
•    Ensure reciprocity of terms between U.S. visas and those issued by foreign governments to U.S. citizens 

Practical Implications

•    Term “immigrants” has been clarified by the White House not to include those who hold U.S. green cards
•    Internal agency information has indicated that implementation of the Executive Order would suspend processing applications and petitions where the beneficiary is from one of the seven countries
•    Dual citizens, i.e., those who have a passport of one of the seven countries and of another country, should travel using the passport of the other country
•    Keep in mind that underlying concern of the Executive Order is national security threatened by those “from” the seven countries.  It is not clear what the term “from” means and therefore, even if an individual is not a citizen of the seven countries, please be mindful of international travel where the individual has connections – political, commercial, or social – to any of those seven countries
•    Also keep in mind that despite court orders and subsequent policy clarifications, practically, individuals have been denied boarding airplanes because of miscommunication/misunderstanding of the latest state of affairs by airlines
•    As of Friday, February 3, 2017, a federal court in Washington state issued a temporary order which prohibits the enforcement of certain provisions of the Executive Order: refusal of entry of individuals from the seven countries; refusal of admission of refugees, including those from Syria; and allowing for prioritizing refugee claims based on certain religion 
•    Therefore, according to the temporary order, individuals from the seven countries with immigrant or nonimmigrant visas and refugees, including those from Syria, may enter the United States while the temporary order is valid

Please note that the above information has been provided for educational purposes only and is current as of February 6, 2017 and is subject to change.  Please consult your Clark Lau LLC attorney regarding your particulars and the latest in developments before making any travel plans.