Jeff graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School and received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University. While a law student, Jeff interned with the Advocates for Human Rights on asylum matters. He also completed clerkships with the Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review and the Organization of American States.
Insights by Jeffrey R. Thomas
On June 21, 2023, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the launch of a mobile app that will allow travelers from forty countries to apply for visa-free travel authorization directly on their handheld devices.
U.S. Department of Justice Issues Employer Guidance on Avoiding Discrimination When Complying With Export Control Laws
A recent employer fact sheet from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division highlights an area of exposure for employers related to document requests in connection with export compliance assessments.
Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) authorized U.S. employers with employees who are taking physical proximity precautions to remotely inspect identity and work authorization documents when completing Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, rather than review original documents in person.
Over the past three months, the Biden administration has expanded immigration benefits for foreign nationals on humanitarian grounds. Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) are two such humanitarian benefits that permit certain foreign nationals to live and work in the United States with government-issued employment authorization documents.