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USCIS Announces It Will Destroy Undeliverable Green Cards and EADs After 60 Days

USCIS announced that starting 4/2/18, it will destroy permanent resident cards, employment authorization cards, and travel documents returned as undeliverable by the U.S. Postal Service after 60 business days if USCIS is not contacted with the correct address. Undeliverable Permanent Resident and Employment Authorization Cards and Travel Documents to be Destroyed After 60 Day Starting April 2, […]

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Closure of U.S. Consulate General in St. Petersburg, Russia

  DOS announced that due to the Russian government’s closure of the U.S. Consulate General in St. Petersburg, it is no longer able to provide services to U.S. citizens in St. Petersburg. The U.S. Embassy in Moscow and Consulates General in Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok remain open. Message to U.S. Citizens – Closure of U.S. Consulate […]

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CA4 Affirms District Court’s Preliminary Injunction Against Travel Ban

February 15, 2018 The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the 10/17/17 preliminary injunction granted by the district court. The court stayed its decision in light of the Supreme Court’s 12/4/17 order staying the injunction. (IRAP v. Trump, 2/15/18) December 4, 2017 The Supreme Court issued an order staying the district court’s 10/17/17 preliminary injunction, pending disposition of the […]

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DHS Issues Statement in Support of the Secure and Succeed Act

DHS issued a statement in support of the Secure and Succeed Act, contending that it “secures the border, ends chain migration, cancels the visa lottery, and finds a permanent solution for DACA. The Secure and Succeed Act Secures the Border, Ends Chain Migration, Cancels the Visa Lottery and Finds a Permanent Solution for DACA Release […]

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The Senate Debates Immigration Reform

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will introduce a neutral “shell” bill (one without any immigration provisions) that will be used as the vehicle for the Senate’s debate on immigration. A procedural vote to commence debate will take place the evening of Monday, February 12, 2018. Debate will continue throughout the week, with amendments introduced […]

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DOL Provides Update on Processing of H-2Bs for 4/1/18 Start Date

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has provided an update to congressional staff regarding the Office of Foreign Labor Certification’s (OFLC) processes for the issuance of certified Form ETA-9142B labor certification applications for H-2B positions with a start date of need between April 1, 2018, and September 30, 2018. OFLC previously announced that it would […]

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District Court in New York Issues Nationwide Injunction Against Rescission of the DACA Program

February 13, 2018 The district court issued a nationwide preliminary injunction ordering the government to maintain the DACA program on the same terms and conditions that existed prior to the 9/5/17 DACA rescission memo, subject to the same limitations as the 1/9/18 injunction issued in DHS v. Regents of the University of California. (New York v. Trump, 2/13/18) […]

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AAJC Provides a Summary of the Reuniting Families Act

The Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC) published a bill summary for the Reuniting Families Act. The summary explains that the bill will reduce family immigration visa backlogs and describes the bill as a reflection of family values.     Reuniting Families Act Bill Summary The current family-based immigration system has not been updated in 20 […]

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Democratic Members Tells DHS that Separations of Immigrant Families are Wrong and Unlawful

On 2/8/18, 71 members of Congress signed a letter to Secretary Neilson to express their concern for the Department of Homeland Security’s involvement in the separation of immigrant families. The letter requests for an immediate clarification of policies and practices relating to family separation.   The letter is available here.  Source: AILA Doc. No. 18020841.

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DHS Statement on Creation of National Vetting Center

DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s issues a statement on the creation of the National Vetting Center, asserting it will “support unprecedented work by DHS and the entire U.S. intelligence community to keep terrorists, violent criminals, and other dangerous individuals from reaching our shores.” Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen Statement on the National Vetting Center Release Date: February […]

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