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Visa Bulletin for January 2019

  DOS posted the Visa Bulletin for January 2019. 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. Note: As of December 13, 2018, USCIS has not advised whether in December 2018, it will […]

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CBP Reminds Travelers to Allow 72 Hours for ESTA

CBP reminds international travels using the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) for travel to the United States to apply as soon as possible but not less than 72 hours before their international flight is scheduled to depart. WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), consistent with existing requirements, reminds international travelers using […]

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USCIS Revises Interview Waiver Guidance for Form I-751

USCIS announced the issuance of a policy memo providing guidance on when to consider waiving the interview requirement for Form I-751, Petition to Removal Conditions on Residence. USCIS has issued a policy memorandum (PDF, 115 KB) (PM) providing guidance to USCIS officers on when to consider waiving the interview requirement for Form I-751, Petition to […]

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DHS Proposes Changes to the H-1B Visa Lottery Process

December 3, 2018 On November 30, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a notice of proposed rulemaking that would require petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions to register electronically with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) during a designated registration period. Under the proposed rule, USCIS would also reverse the order by which […]

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U.S. Senators Urge the President to Revoke the Presidential Proclamation Limiting Asylum Seekers

Nine U.S. senators led by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) called on the President to immediately revoke what they claim is an illegal Presidential Proclamation that would drastically limiting the ability of refugees to claim asylum. “There is overwhelming evidence that this Proclamation is plainly illegal. Our immigration statutes are clear that any individual who arrives […]

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Asylum Decisions and Denials Jump in 2018

Fiscal year 2018 broke records for the number of decisions (42,224) by immigration judges granting or denying asylum. Denials grew faster than grants, pushing denial rates up as well.   Source: TRAC Immigration

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Key Takeaways on Asylum Ban and Treatment of Asylum Seekers at the Southern Border

Current Status of the “Asylum Ban” In a ruling on Monday, November 19, 2018, Judge Jon S. Tigar of the U.S. District Court in San Francisco temporarily blocked the Trump administration from denying asylum to migrants who cross the southern border into the United States without inspection, saying the policy likely violated federal law on […]

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U.S. Senators Urge USCIS to Rescind Rule Unnecessarily Punishing International Students

Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), led a group of 18 Senate Democrats in urging USCIS Director Francis Cissna to rescind a policy that would result in international students being removed or barred from re-entry who inadvertently violate the terms of their visa.   “We are deeply concerned that recent U.S. Citizenship and […]

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USCIS Issues Policy Memo on Satisfying the L-1 One-Year Foreign Employment Requirement

USCIS released a policy memo that clarifies the requirement that the qualifying organization employ the principal L-1 beneficiary abroad for one continuous year out of the three years before the time of petition filing. Specifically, this Policy Memo explains that: 1) the L-1 beneficiary must be physically outside the United States during the required one […]

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Judge: Trump’s asylum ban ‘irreconcilably conflicts’ with federal law

A federal judge has blocked President Trump’s plan to bar people who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border without going through a port of entry from applying for asylum, saying that the move “irreconcilably conflicts” with federal law and the “expressed intent of Congress.”  In a 37-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar issued a temporary restraining […]

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