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USCIS Extends and Expands Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions

USCIS is extending the previously announced temporary suspension of premium processing for cap‐subject H‐1B  petitions and, beginning Sept. 11, 2018, will be expanding this temporary suspension to include certain additional H‐1B petitions. We expect these suspensions will last until Feb. 19, 2019, and will notify the public via uscis.gov before resuming premium processing for these […]

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ICE Arrests 160 Employees on Federal Immigration Violations at North Texas Business

ICE announced the arrest of 160 employees on federal immigration violations who were found to be unlawfully working at a trailer-manufacturing business in north Texas. ICE will determine if they will remain in custody or will be considered for humanitarian release, prior to be processed for removal.   SUMNER, Texas — As part of an […]

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USCIS Announces Re-Registration Period Open for TPS for Somalia

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Somalia’s designation who want to maintain their status through the 18-month extension period ending on March 17, 2020, must re-register between Aug. 27, 2018, and Oct. 26, 2018. Re-registration procedures, including how to renew employment authorization documents (EADs), […]

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STEM OPT at a Third-Party Location

August 17, 2018 On August 17, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it updated the Optional Practical Training Extension for STEM Students (STEM OPT) page of its website relating to the reporting and training obligations of the STEM OPT program. Specifically, in its August 17, 2018 announcement, USCIS provides the following information regarding training experiences that take […]

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Complaint Details Coercive Tactics Used by Immigration Officials on Separated Parents

WASHINGTON, DC – Government officials used coercive tactics against parents who were separated from their children, according to a complaint filed with Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the American Immigration Council (Council) as part of […]

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DOJ Secures Denaturalization of Convicted War Criminal from the Former Yugoslavia

Justice Department Secures Denaturalization of Convicted War Criminal Who Fraudulently Obtained Refugee Status and U.S. Citizenship Defendant Concealed that He Had Murdered Civilians and Prisoners of War During the 1990s Balkans Conflict On August 15, Judge Thomas F. Hogan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia entered an order that revoked the […]

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Adjudicating Non-LPR Cancellation of Removal

General Guidelines: Note: Cancellation of removal for non-LPRs (240A(b)(1)), VAWA cancellation (240A(b)(2)), and suspension of deportation cases (old 244) are all subject to the 4,000 annual cap; NACARA cases are not. In most cases, the IJ will conduct the hearing on the merits of the cancellation case and reserve a decision unless: (1) the case […]

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USCIS Provides Clarification of STEM OPT Extension Reporting Responsibilities and Training Obligations

Clarification of STEM OPT Extension Reporting Responsibilities and Training Obligations USCIS is updating the Optional Practical Training Extension for STEM Students (STEM OPT) page of our website to clarify the reporting responsibilities for participating in the STEM OPT program. Students and employers must report material changes to the Designated School Official (DSO) at the earliest […]

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USCIS Highlights Immigration Services Available for Those Affected by California Wildfires

USCIS offers immigration services that may help people affected by unforeseen circumstances, including the California wildfires. The following services may be available on a discretionary basis upon request: Changing a nonimmigrant status or extending a nonimmigrant stay for an individual currently in the United States. If you don’t apply for the extension or change before your […]

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Employment-Based Visa Availability Update

EB-1 Preference Category The September 2018 Visa Bulletin indicates in Section H. Visa Availability in the Coming Months that for EB-1 Worldwide, “October Final Action Dates will be imposed for all countries. Limited, if any forward movement can be expected prior to December.” In response to AILA member inquiries regarding the meaning of this section, according to this […]

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