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Supreme Court Permits Partial Travel Ban to Proceed

The Worldwide  Employee Relocation Council recently issued a statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to allow a partial travel ban to take effect.  The purpose of their statement was to provide guidance and key reference information for the relocation industry.

Arlington, VA— On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an unsigned order to allow the implementation of parts of an executive order signed by President Trump to temporarily suspend foreign nationals from six countries from entering the U.S. Based on the facts of the case, the Court formed a distinction between nationals who have “a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States” and all other foreign nationals. The Court upheld the suspension of the ban for foreign nationals who have such a relationship, including individuals employed by a company in the U.S.

In its order, the Court did not rule on the legality of the executive order and stated the Court will hear arguments when it convenes for the October Term 2017. In the meantime, the Trump Administration may suspend from entering the U.S. those foreign nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who do not have a relationship with a person or entity in the U.S. The suspension may also apply to the admission of refugees from the six countries.

The President issued the revised Executive Order (No. 13780), Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States, on March 6 in response to courts halting implementation of his initial Executive Order (No. 13769) on the travel suspension. In his revised order, the President made several changes to the initial order including exempting green card holders. Both orders had an effective period of 90 days for foreign nationals and 120 days for refugees. The Administration could put the partial suspension into place beginning on June 29.

Key Reference for the Workforce Mobility Industry

While the revised executive order had exempted foreign nationals with green cards and visas, the Supreme Court order cites as an example the travel suspension should not apply to those foreign nationals who have “accepted an offer of employment by a U.S. company.”

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How does the U.S. immigration ban affect global relocation?

indexPlease join Worldwide ERC and Fragomen Worldwide on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 from 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. (EST) for a webinar that will provide the most recent information on the status of the Executive Order setting out a U.S. immigration suspension for certain nationalities, and the ban’s impact on mobility.

In this free webinar – “The Impact on Mobility of the U.S. Immigration Ban and the High-Skill Visa Executive Order,” sponsored by Fragomen Worldwide, you’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions of our experts. A sample of the questions to be covered include:

  • Is there a way to predict what changes will be made?
  • Will we see an immediate impact on high-skill visa holders and the employers who depend on them?
  • What is the likely impact for the H1B program, business visas, optional practical training for STEM students, and employment for H1B spouses?
  • Will there be increased use of federal audit and compliance investigative authority?
  • What kind of timing should we expect for changes to be implemented?

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14 February 2017 at 2:00 PM Eastern

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The Effect of Brexit on Global Relocation Programs

indexOn June 23rd Great Britain voted to leave the European Union which has many employers questioning how this crucial vote might affect their own global employee mobility and business.

Fortunately this process could take up to two years to complete which should allow for time to plan and prepare for changes to global relocation employee benefit programs.

Perhaps the biggest issue relates to visa requirements.  With Great Britain voting to exit the European Union, Great Britain is free to legislate limits on immigration and the movement of employees within the EU.  The European Union could in turn require visas for all British  nationals travelling and working within the EU.  Whether or not this actually happens is probably too early to predict.

If EU citizens are living and working in Great Britain, they may have to apply for visas in order to continue on assignment.  The same can be said for British nationals living and working in the European Union.  Global Mobility leaders need to plan ahead to avoid disruptions in operations because of these possible new requirements. There is little doubt that restrictions in the free movement of employees and labor will have a major impact on global talent management.  If access to talent is restricted, the talent pool may be limited, thus creating talent management issues and rising costs.  Continue reading

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