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USCIS Reissues Receipt Notices for Extensions of Conditional Permanent Resident Status

On Oct. 16, 2018, USCIS began issuing new receipt notices for certain Forms I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, to replace previously issued receipt notices containing inaccurate information. In August 2018, USCIS issued receipt notices for certain pending Form I-751 petitions to extend conditional permanent resident (CPR) status from 12 months to 18 months. […]

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USCIS Revises Guidance on Validity Period for Form I-693

USCIS is revising policy guidance for the validity period of Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record. The updated policy, which goes into effect on Nov. 1, 2018, will require applicants to submit a Form I-693 that is signed by a civil surgeon no more than 60 days before filing the underlying application […]

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DHS Issues Waiver to Expedite Border Wall Gate Construction Project in Hidalgo County, Texas

DHS issued a waiver with the stated purpose of ensuring “the expeditious construction of gates in existing wall structure near the international border in the state of Texas, in the county of Hidalgo.”   WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security has issued a waiver to waive certain laws to ensure the expeditious construction of […]

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Pereira v. Sessions and Matter of Bermudez-Cota

  On June 21, 2018, the Supreme Court held in Pereira v. Sessions that a notice to appear (NTA) that fails to designate the time or place of the noncitizen’s removal proceedings is not a “notice to appear under 8 U.S.C. §1229(a),” and thus does not trigger the stop-time rule for purposes of cancellation of removal. EOIR […]

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Visa Bulletin for November 2018

  DOS posted the Visa Bulletin for November 2018. In addition to the final action dates and dates for filing applications, the bulletin also includes notes on the extension of two employment visa categories. Note: As of October 11, 2018, USCIS has not advised whether in November 2018, it will accept adjustment of status applications […]

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Long-Pending I-765 and I-131 Applications at the NBC

There have been multiple reports of long delays in the adjudication of Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, and Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, processed by the National Benefits Center (NBC).  Processing times for the NBC as of September 2018 indicate that I-765 applications based on pending I-485 adjustment of status applications range from 4.5 to 6.5 […]

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DHS/HHS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Flores Settlement Agreement

DHS/HHS notice of proposed rulemaking to amend regulations related to the apprehension, processing, care, custody, and release of undocumented juveniles and would terminate the Flores Settlement Agreement. The rule would create an “alternative” to the existing licensed program requirement for family residential centers, including the ability to detain family units together during the entirety of their immigration […]

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Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for FY2019

The White House released a memo for the Secretary of State allowing for the admission of up to 30,000 refugees into the United States for FY2019. MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE SUBJECT: Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2019 By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the […]

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Judge Temporarily Blocks Termination of TPS for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan

October 3, 2018 U.S. District Judge Edward Chen issued an order, granting the plaintiff’s motion for preliminary injunction, thus stopping the government from terminating Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan. The judge ruled that the government must maintain TPS, and employment authorizations for TPS beneficiaries from those countries, […]

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USCIS Announces the Use of Tablets During Naturalization Interviews

USCIS Using Tablets to Administer the English Reading and Writing Tests for Naturalization On Oct. 1, USCIS began using digital tablets to administer the English reading and writing tests during naturalization interviews as part of the agency’s ongoing business modernization efforts. Although USCIS applicants already use digital tablets to sign or verify parts of their […]

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