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Announcements of ICE Enforcement Actions

May 22, 2018 – ICE Apprehends 49 Foreign Nationals in Philadelphia ICE announced the arrest of 49 individuals during a seven-day enforcement action in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. ICE stated that this enforcement operation was conducted in accordance with routine, daily targeted operations conducted by ICE field operations teams every day. Fourteen of those arrested were […]

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USCIS Announcement About Processing Errors on Form I-751

USCIS announced that due to a processing error on 5/4/18, USCIS mailed biometric services appointment notices with incorrect Application Support Center locations to petitioners who filed Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence. USCIS will mail new notices to the impacted individuals. Update: Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence Due to a […]

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USCIS Notice on the Termination of the Designation of Nepal for Temporary Protected Status

  USCIS notice on the termination of the designation of Nepal for TPS on 6/24/19. Holders of TPS from Nepal who wish to maintain their TPS and receive an EAD valid through 6/24/19 must re-register for TPS in accordance with the procedures set forth in the notice. The 60-day re-registration period runs from 5/22/18 through […]

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DOS Notice of Termination of the United States-Ecuador Bilateral Investment Treaty

  DOS notice that the bilateral investment treaty between the United States and Ecuador terminates 5/18/18, except that it will continue to apply for 10 years to investments made or acquired prior to 5/18/18. (83 FR 23327, 5/18/18) DEPARTMENT OF STATE OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE [Public Notice 10418] Notice of Termination of […]

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Delayed Issuance of I-751 Receipt Notices by California Service Center (CSC)

AILA members have reported that they have not yet received receipt notices for Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, filed with the California Service Center (CSC), since as far back as the beginning of April 2018. AILA contacted the CSC to report the issue. The CSC confirms that there has been a delay […]

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USCIS Completes Data Entry of FY2019 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

  USCIS announced it has completed data entry for all FY2019 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in its computer-generated lottery and will begin returning H-1B cap-subject petitions that weren’t selected. Some petitions will be transferred between the Vermont and California Service Centers.   USCIS has completed data entry for all fiscal year 2019 H-1B cap-subject petitions […]

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USCIS Announces Policy Manual Updates on EB-5 Tenant Occupancy and Adjustment of Status Interview Waivers

  USCIS announced that it issued two Policy Manual updates. The first revises guidance on EB-5 cases involving tenant occupancy. USCIS will no longer accept tenant-occupancy models for filings on or after 5/15/18. The second revises guidance regarding adjustment of status interview guidelines and interview waivers. The update removes employment-based and fiancé(e)-based adjustment cases from […]

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USCIS to Recall Incorrectly Dated Green Cards

On May 14, 2018, USCIS will begin recalling approximately 8,543 Permanent Resident Cards (also known as Green Cards) due to a production error. The Green Cards were for approved Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions of Residence for spouses of U.S. citizens. The cards were printed with an incorrect “Resident Since” date and mailed between February and […]

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USCIS Announces Change in Policy on Accrued Unlawful Presence by Nonimmigrant Students and Exchange Visitors

USCIS posted a policy memorandum changing how it will calculate unlawful presence for students and exchange visitors in F, J, and M nonimmigrant status, including F-2, J-2, or M-2 dependents, who fail to maintain their status in the United States. WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today posted a policy memorandum (PDF, 179 KB)changing how […]

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Practice Alert: USCIS Changes Interpretation for Certain STEM OPT Students

In April 2018, USCIS updated the page on its website for Optional Practice Training for STEM students which seems to indicate its view that F-1 students in the STEM OPT program are not permitted to engage in OPT at third party locations. Of particular concern is the following statement: “For instance, the training experience may not take […]

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