New Zealand Now a Treaty Country

Now eligible for E-1 and E-2 Visas   As of August 1, 2018, the President signed into law S. 2245, the “Knowledgeable Innovators and Worthy Investors Act” or the “KIWI Act,” making nationals of New Zealand eligible to apply for E-1 and E-2 treaty trader and investor visas. This benefit… Read More

Marijuana and Non-Citizens

We recommend that all non-U.S. citizens (including lawful permanent residents) be extremely careful in answering questions by Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officers at a U.S. port of entry (including a land border crossing or airport) regarding ANY prior use or possession of marijuana.  A noncitizen who admits to an immigration official… Read More

Long Wait Times for Visa Appointments at U.S. Consulates in India

UPDATE – July 2018 While waiting periods for U.S. Embassies have been reduced in the past year, they still require pre-planning for visa applicants prior to U.S. travel. As of April 2018, the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi issued a statement recommending travelers to the U.S. to apply… Read More

Press Release: Ryan Swanson Hires Jeng-Ya (Jen) Chen as Associate

SEATTLE (July 9, 2018) – Seattle based law firm Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland announced the hiring of Jeng-Ya (Jen) Chen as an associate in the firm’s Immigration group. Chen joined the firm in October 2017 as a contract attorney in the immigration group, where she helps with business… Read More

Supreme Court Rules 5-4 to Uphold Travel Ban

On June 26, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s ban on travel to the United States for citizens from seven mostly-Muslim countries, including: Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. In a 5-4 decision, the Court ruled that the President has the statutory authority to issue… Read More