We asked Judge Christian Wilton of Minnesota’s First Judicial District to outline some of the changes implemented, their effects on trial practices, and tips for how litigants should prepare for and litigate cases in the “new normal.”
Update: Presidential Proclamation Temporarily Suspends Entry of Non-Immigrants into the United States
The Trump Administration announced that entry into the U.S. by certain nonimmigrant individuals will be suspended. This proclamation applies to individuals on H-1B visas, H-2B visas, J-visas for foreign cultural and work exchanges, and L-visas for transfer of foreign workers within a company.
The Minnesota Governor’s Emergency Executive Order of April 8, 2020 identifies the MN Judicial Branch as a “Critical Sector” of state government and exempts members of the Judicial Branch from the stay-at-home directive. By order dated April 9, 2020, the Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court continued restrictions on in-person access to courthouses for only designated high priority case types. Civil cases are generally designated “Low Priority.”
For the first time, the Immigration Service will open the H-1B visa lottery on March 1, instead of April 1. The H-1B visa allows employers to hire foreign nationals to work in many types of professional positions.
On April 11, the Immigration Service announced that it received 201,011 H-1B petitions during the filing period from April 1-5, 2019. This number far exceeded the congressionally-mandated cap.
The H-1B visa allows employers to hire foreign nationals to work in professional positions. There are 65,000 new U.S. visas available for employees with a bachelor’s degree (or higher) and an additional 20,000 visas for employees with a master’s degree (or higher).