Wiggin and Dana Immigration Attorneys Quoted in TerraLex Beacon Alert

March 16, 2017
TerraLex Connections

Wiggin and Dana Counsel and Co-Chair of the Immigration Practice Group Najia Khalid and Associate Anand Sinha were quoted in the TerraLex Beacon Alert: Regarding Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States.

For the alert, TerraLex collected insight into what companies need to know and do before sending employees native of Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen to the U.S. for work and for what steps can be made for employees in a similar situation that may need to leave the country. TerraLex asked:

  • What must international employers do before sending employees from Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen to the US for work?
  • What must companies consider before sending employees to these countries out of the country for work?

Najia and Anand's response:

During the temporary 90-day suspension period effective 3/16/2017, employers sending employees from banned countries to the U.S. or sending natives of banned countries outside of the U.S. should exercise caution, stay abreast of all Dept. of State and Homeland Security updates, and consult with immigration counsel in advance of planning any required travel to address employee-specific situations. Anticipate that employees may be banned from admission into the U.S. if they have not already been granted a U.S. visa, certain immigration status, or possess a valid Green Card, and that they will likely be subject to processing delays and heightened scrutiny. Although there may be certain exceptions and grounds for waivers to the general entry ban for nationals of specified countries, implementation processes and definitive guidance has yet to be outlined, and U.S. Customs and Dept. of State officers still have discretionary authority over all visa issuance and U.S. admission.