On September 5, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump administration would be eliminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (commonly known as “DACA”). The DACA program allowed for certain aliens who came to the United States as children to obtain work permits and a temporary reprieve from removal for renewable periods of two (2) years at a time. The announcement laid out the specifics of the administration’s planned wind-down of the program, including:

  • As of September 5, 2017 no new initial DACA applications will be processed or adjudicated by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
  • USCIS will receive and adjudicate certain DACA renewal applications up until October 5, 2017. In order to qualify to apply for a DACA renewal, however, one’s current DACA status must expire no later than March 5, 2018 (the end of the six month wind-down period for the program). USCIS will reject all DACA renewal applications that do not fit these narrow parameters. Continue Reading Trump Administration Rescinds DACA – What Comes Next For Those Affected?

In the United States, healthcare and immigration law often intersect to create a complicated regulatory and statutory system that governs the admission and employment authorization of foreign medical professionals seeking to work here. Some medical professionals are given preference under our immigration laws (such as physicians, nurses, and physical therapists), while others are forced to navigate our antiquated immigration system. However, even with the differing levels of treatment under the law, there are still numerous options available for most medical professionals seeking employment opportunities in the United States, with or without sponsorship from a United States employer.

Continue Reading U.S. Immigration Options for Foreign Medical Professionals and Healthcare Workers