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USCIS Issuing Biometric Appointment Notices for Domestic N-565 and N-600 Applicants

On Nov. 1, 2018, USCIS began requesting that domestic applicants filing Form N-565, Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document, go to an Application Support Center (ASC) appointment to submit biometric information (including photos, signature, and index fingerprint). USCIS will also ask applicants filing Form N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship, to begin submitting biometric information at […]

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Non-Receipt of USCIS I-797 Approval Notices from the NBC

Background In early September 2018, there were reports of not receiving original or duplicate I-797 approval notices associated with adjustment of status applications after field office interviews were completed and, in some cases, after a permanent resident card had already been produced. In many cases, approval notices were not received despite the G-28 Attorney of […]

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DHS and DOL Propose Changing Recruitment Requirements for H-2B Employers

DHS and DOL Propose Modernizing Recruitment Requirements for H-2B Employers to Protect U.S. Workers The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in conjunction with the Department of Labor (DOL), has published a joint notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would modernize the recruitment requirements for employers seeking H-2B nonimmigrant workers to make it easier for U.S. […]

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Visa Bulletin for December 2018

DOS posted the Visa Bulletin for December 2018. In addition to the final action dates and dates for filing applications, the bulletin also includes notes on the diversity visa and the scheduled expiration of two employment visa categories. Source: AILA Doc. No. 18111331.

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DOJ and DHS Issue New Rule Applying President’s Authority to Suspend Entry to Asylum

  Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen today announced an Interim Final Rule declaring that those aliens who contravene a presidential suspension or limitation on entry into the United States through the southern border with Mexico issued under section 212(f) or 215(a)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act […]

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CBP Announces Border Wall Construction Project in Rio Grande Valley

WASHINGTON – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), has awarded a contract to construct approximately six miles of levee wall system in the U.S. Border Patrol’s (USBP) Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector, which was funded in CBP’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 appropriation. The contract for […]

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USCIS Expands Self-Scheduled InfoPass Appointments Program

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will expand its Information Services Modernization Program to key field offices, beginning with the Detroit Field Office and the five offices in the Los Angeles District on Nov. 13. Field offices in the Newark, Great Lakes, and San Francisco districts will implement the program during the first quarter of […]

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Top 10 Employers for OPT Students (2017)

ICE released data on the top employers for pre- and post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) students for 2017. Amazon Integra Technologies Intel Tellon Trading Google Deloitte Microsoft XCG Design Corp Facebook Findream LLC Source: AILA Doc. No. 18110106.

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USCIS and CBP Extends Form I-129 Pilot Program for Canadian L-1 Nonimmigrants

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are extending the joint agency pilot program for Canadian citizens seeking L-1 nonimmigrant status under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) through April 30, 2019. Earlier this year, the USCIS California Service Center (CSC) and the CBP Blaine, Washington, port of […]

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DOL Announces iCERT Changes for H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

  October 24, 2018. ETA Announces an iCERT Enhancement to Streamline Processing in the H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs ETA has implemented a new enhancement to the iCERT system related to the submission of applications for temporary labor certification under the H-2A and H-2B visa programs. These enhancements are intended to reduce burdens on employers […]

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