Updates on Executive Order “Travel Bans”

*Update* – On June 26, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court (the Court) issued an opinion which allows part of Executive Order 13780 (the revised “travel ban”) to go into effect 72 hours from the issuance of the opinion (Thursday, June 29) for a period of 90 days (or 120 days for non-exempt refugees). The Court will Read More »

Stricter Scrutiny for all Visa Applicants

*UPDATE* In early May, 2017, the U.S. Department of State created a new form (DS-5535), as part of the President’s “extreme vetting” directive, that is now in use to collect additional information not already captured on the basic DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application form. Only certain applicants for U.S. visas who have been chosen for Read More »

Department of Labor to increase enforcement of immigration (H-1B) rules

On June 7, 2017, the Secretary of Labor for the Trump Administration announced that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will more aggressively enforce its rules and regulations to combat fraud and abuse in employment-based nonimmigrant visa programs. DOL will increase audits and investigations into employer compliance with foreign labor wage rules, and might also Read More »

General Guidance for International Travel

The following are general recommendations for foreign national faculty, staff, students and postdocs: International Employment (IE) continues to recommend that individuals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen avoid international travel. NC State-sponsored foreign national students and exchange visitors are encouraged to consult with the Office of International Services (OIS) before making any Read More »

New H-1B Compliance and Enforcement Initiatives

In April 2017, the Trump Administration issued a new Executive Order, as well as several agency initiatives, to increase and enhance inter-agency coordination and enforcement regarding the H-1B nonimmigrant program. The Departments of Labor, Justice and Homeland Security announced new efforts focused on scrutinizing the current H-1B rules and policies, which are expected to lead Read More »

Inspection of Electronic Devices upon Entering the U.S.

The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) unit within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published a fact sheet in 2015 regarding the inspection of electronic devices when entering the U.S. from abroad. This fact sheet can be found at https://www.cbp.gov/sites/default/files/documents/inspection-electronic-devices-tearsheet.pdf. NC State University has its own guidance on cybersecurity and international travel, which can be Read More »

Beware of Immigration Fraud Schemes

In April 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued an alert to warn the public that the OIG Hotline telephone was used in a scam targeting foreign nationals to reveal personal information. OIG never uses its Hotline number to make outgoing calls and people should never provide personal information Read More »

Possible Renegotiation of NAFTA

On May 18, the Trump Administration officially informed Congress that it intends to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The President had earlier stated that he would withdraw the U.S. from the agreement, but has decided that updating its terms would be more favorable to the U.S. It is unclear what impact the Read More »

Electronic Device Restrictions on Certain Flights to the U.S.

On March 21, 2017, the U.S. government imposed restrictions on travelers and prohibited passengers from carrying laptops, tablets and other electronic devices (such as e-readers, cameras, portable DVD players, and travel printers, among other items) in the cabin on direct flights from the following 10 international airports: Abu Dhabi International Airport, UAE; Ataturk International Airport, Read More »

Detention Scam & IRS Scam

Detention Scam Please beware if you are contacted about reporting to the Wake County Detention Center for failure to appear for jury duty and are told to bring gift cards. You should immediately end the call and block the caller or email sender. Wake County Courts would never communicate with you in this manner and Read More »