Category Archives: IALR Posts

The New U.S. Restrictions on Travel to Cuba

By: Elaine Kussurelis On November 8th, the U.S. government announced sanctions that will make it more difficult for Americans to travel to and do business in Cuba. The restrictions, which implement President Trump’s June 2017 policy speech, took effect on November 9th. They are aimed at restricting American tourism and trade practices that benefit the […]

H1B Visa Holders to Face Higher Scrutiny for Visa Extension

By: Niki Namazi On October 23, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) updated its policy to require a stricter burden of proof showing for nonimmigrant worker extension petitions. This new update applies to nearly all nonimmigrant classifications that use an I-129 form, petition for nonimmigrant workers. Essentially, when seeking a visa extension, […]

U.S.- Cuba Relations on Shaky Ground after Sonic Attacks at U.S. Embassy in Havana

By: Megan Kilissanly This August, news broke out that the United States was investigating mysterious health-related incidents that affected diplomats at the American Embassy in Havana, Cuba. The State Department confirmed that 22 Americans have been affected, with symptoms ranging from permanent hearing loss to mild traumatic brain injury. The cause of these injuries is still […]