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DOS Final Rule Amending B Visa Regulations

DOS final rule amending the B visa regulations to establish a rebuttable presumption that a B nonimmigrant visa applicant who a consular officer has reason to believe will give birth during her stay in the United States is traveling for the primary purpose of obtaining U.S. citizenship for the child. The rule requires consular officers […]

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Visa Bulletin For February 2020 and USCIS Adjustment of Status Filing Dates

The Department of State posted >>Visa Bulletin For February 2020<< This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during February for: “Final Action Dates” and “Dates for Filing Applications,” indicating when immigrant visa applicants should be notified to assemble and submit required documentation to the National Visa Center. For Family-Sponsored Filings: In the F2A category, there […]

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USCIS Announces End of E-1 and E-2 Visa Eligibility for Iranian Nationals

USCIS announced that due to the termination of the 1955 Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations, and Consular Rights with Iran, Iranian nationals are no longer eligible for E-1 and E-2 visa changes or extensions of status. USCIS will send NOIDs to applicants who filed applications after October 3, 2018. The E-1 and E-2 nonimmigrant visa […]

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Microsoft, Twitter, others speak out against Trump’s controversial immigration rule

  The expanded regulation would reportedly make it more difficult for low-income migrants to secure permanent residency or temporary visas. More than 100 US companies, including a handful of tech heavyweights, are urging a federal court to reject the Trump administration’s “public charge” rule, which would reportedly make it easier for the government to reject green […]

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California Expands Healthcare For Young Adults Regardless Of Immigration Status

On January 1, California became the first state in the country to extend Medicaid benefits to all low-income adults, regardless of their immigration status. Over 100,000 additional Californians are eligible for health coverage under the new law, the latest piece of legislation in the state’s ongoing push for universal health coverage.   Source: KALW

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Public Charge Changes at USCIS, DOJ, and DOS

DHS Final Rule: On October 11, 2019, several courts enjoined and restrained DHS and USCIS from “enforcing, applying, or treating as effective” the DHS Public Charge Final Rule. In addition, courts specifically enjoined the government from implementing the use of any new or updated forms whose submission would be required under the Final Rule, including […]

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DHS Extends TPS for Yemen Through September 3, 2021

It was announced on USCIS’s website that Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf extended the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Yemen for 18 months through September 3, 2021.   Source: AILA Doc. No. 20010739.

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USCIS Begins Accepting Green Card Applications under Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness

USCIS began accepting applications to adjust status to lawful permanent resident from certain Liberian nationals under Section 7611 of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2020, Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF). USCIS will accept properly filed applications until 12/20/20. The following grounds of inadmissibility do not apply to applicants under the LRIF: Public Charge (INA […]

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USCIS Announces Implementation of H-1B Electronic Registration Process for FY2021 Cap Season

USCIS announced that it is implementing the registration process in the FY2021 H-1B lottery. Employers seeking to file FY2021 H-1B cap-subject petitions, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, must first electronically register and pay the associated $10 H-1B registration fee. Under this new process, employers seeking H-1B workers subject to the cap, or […]

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DOS posted the December 2019 visa bulletin

DOS posted the December 2019 visa bulletin.   Source: The Visa Bulletin – Travel.gov   

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