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TPS El Salvador EADs Listing a September 9, 2019, Expiration Date Remain Valid Through January 2, 2020

DOJ announced that EADs showing a category code of “A-12” or “C-19” and an expiration date of 9/9/19 are valid through 1/2/20. Workers do not need to present additional documentation for the Form I-9. The automatic extension applies to several TPS-designated countries, including El Salvador. USCIS automatically extended through January 2, 2020, the validity of […]

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USCIS to Remove 30-Day Processing Timeline for EAD Requests from Asylum Applicants

USCIS announced a proposed regulation that would remove the current 30-day timeline for processing EAD requests from those with pending asylum applications. USCIS is also proposing removing the requirement that such applicants file for EAD renewal at least 90 days before the EAD’s expiration.   Source: AILA Doc. No. 19090606.

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USCIS Proposed Rule on H-1B Registration Fee

SUMMARY: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is proposing to amend its regulations to require petitioners seeking to file H–1B cap-subject petitions to pay a $10 fee for each registration they submit to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for the H–1B cap selection process.   Source: AILA Doc. No. 19090302.

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USCIS changes automatic citizenship for children of overseas service members

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Wednesday afternoon issued an alert stating that some children born to U.S. service members serving abroad will no longer be considered American citizens at birth. Starting Oct. 29, parents of certain children born outside the U.S. will have to apply for citizenship on their child’s behalf. “USCIS no longer […]

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USCIS To Shutter Most International Offices

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will close all but seven of its 20 field offices worldwide, including major hubs in London, Seoul and Frankfurt, the agency’s director Ken Cuccinelli announced Friday.   Source: Law360

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USCIS Rejecting Form I-129 Petitions That Lack Required Name and Address

USCIS reminds that starting August 5, 2019 petitions that do not include the petitioner’s or applicant’s name and primary U.S. office address in Part 1 of the form will be rejected. USCIS will subject all requests for nonimmigrant classifications filed on Form I-129 to this rejection criteria, including the time-sensitive H-2A visa classification for temporary […]

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ICE Conducted the Biggest Single-State Worksite Enforcement Raid in Decades

On Wednesday, August 7, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security conducted what is reportedly the largest single-state raid in U.S. history. 680 illegal immigrants were arrested in seven different food processing facilities in towns across Mississippi. Later the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi announced that certain noncitizens with small children were […]

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Persecution Based on Family Ties Will No Longer Qualify as Grounds for Asylum

Attorney General William P. Barr ruled on Monday that persecution based on family ties no longer qualifies as grounds for asylum, with very few exceptions. This ends asylum protections for migrants solely because their relatives have been persecuted. Migrants are eligible for asylum in the United States if they can prove they were persecuted because […]

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DHS Announces Extension of TPS for Syria

DHS Acting Secretary McAleenan announced that he has extended Syria’s TPS designation for 18 months. The extension permits current Syrian TPS beneficiaries to re-register for TPS and remain in the U.S. with work authorization through March 31, 2021. There are approximately 7,000 Syrian TPB beneficiaries, per DHS.   Source:  AILA Doc. No. 19080138.

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Forty-Two House Democrats Demand that DOJ Rescind New Plan to Eliminate In-Court Interpreters

42 House Democrats sent a letter to Attorney General Barr demanding that DOJ immediately rescind its plan to end the use of in-court interpreters for noncitizens appearing at their initial immigration court hearing. The decision to replace human interpreters with pre-recorded videos at immigration court hearings as a “cost-saving measure,” is simply dehumanizing and wrong. […]

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