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  • Employment-based green card applicants to be subject to in-person interview

    Effective October 1, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will require employment-based visa holders who are applying for lawful permanent residence to attend an in-person interview. Currently, such interviews are generally waived. However, under the new policy, such waivers won't be granted. USCIS has not released any information concerning logistics and staffing, but ...
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  • State Department issues Travel Ban Guidelines

    The State Department is putting new criteria in place for visa applicants from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen and all refugees, requiring a close family or business tie to the United States. The announcement comes after the Supreme Court partially restored President Donald Trump’s Executive Order that had temporarily banned visas for citizens of the six mostly Muslim countries. ...
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  • USCIS to resume H-1B Premium Processing for Physicians

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced it will resume premium processing for all H-1B petitions filed for medical doctors under the Conrad 30 Waiver program, as well as interested government agency waivers on Monday, June 26, 2017 The Conrad 30 program addresses the shortage of qualified doctors in medically underserved areas and allows certain medical doctors to stay in the United ...
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  • Haitians Face TPS Uncertainty

    Temporary protected status ("TPS") is a temporary immigration status to the United States, granted to eligible nationals of designated countries. In 1990, Congress established a procedure by which the Attorney General may provide TPS to immigrants in the United States who are temporarily unable to safely return to their home country because of ongoing armed conflict, an environmental disaster, or ...
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  • USCIS Completes Data Entry of Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

    On May 3, 2017, USCIS announced that it had completed data entry of all fiscal year 2018 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in the computer-generated random selection process or lottery. USCIS will now begin the process of returning all unselected H-1B cap-subject petitions. USCIS is unable to provide an exact time frame for returning these petitions, due to the high volume of filings. USCIS has ...
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  • President Trump to sign Executive Order targeting H-1B Visa's

    President Trump is planning to sign an executive order that seeks to make changes to the H1-B visa program that brings in high-skilled workers. The President plans to sign an order dubbed “Buy American, Hire American,” that will commission the departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Labor and State to review and propose new rules regarding the H-1B visa program, with the aim that H-1B visas are ...
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  • USCIS Completes the H-B Cap Lottery Process for year 2018.

    The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 17, 2017, that it received enough H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for fiscal year 2018. USCIS also received an adequate number of H-1B petitions to meet the U.S. advanced degree exemption, also known as the Master’s Cap. USCIS received 199,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period, which ...
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  • USCIS Reaches FY 2018 H-1B Cap

    United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 7, 2017 that the annual H-1B quota for the regular 65,000 bachelor’s degree cap and the 20,000 U.S. master’s degree cap has been met for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. USCIS has not yet announced the exact number of H-1B applications received. Once all the H-1B applications are counted, USCIS will share this information in the ...
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  • VAWA in the New Administration

    The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was first passed in 1994 and offers immigrants fleeing abuse and violence a path to obtain legal immigrant status in the United States. It has been reauthorized multiple times throughout the past administrations, but the Trump administration has indicated that it is considering significant cuts to the Act’s grant funding. These cuts can be especially ...
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  • Presidential Executive Order: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States

    On March 6, 2017 President Trump signed a new a new Executive Order (EO), called Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States , that places limits on travel to the U.S. from certain countries, and by all refugees who do not possess either a visa or valid travel documents. The new EO will revoke and replace the original travel ban/executive order issued January 27, ...
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  • National Guard to round up Immigrants?

    President Trump’s administration at some point considered mobilizing as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, according to a draft copy of an order obtained by The Associated Press. The AP’s report states that an 11-page draft memo showed the Trump administration considering an unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement as far north as Portland, ...
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  • I-485 Supplement J

    As of January 17, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released supplement J, a new form to be used in conjunction with applications to adjust status (form I-485). Supplement J serves to present authentication of a bona fide job offer or to notify the USCIS in cases where the job is ported to a new employer or a new job. Effective immediately, the supplement J must be ...
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  • Immigration Reform: High Skilled Visas Under Consideration

    The H1-B visa is a popular pathway that helps high-skilled foreigners work at companies in the U.S. The visas require that recipients hold a bachelor's degree and work in a "specialty occupation" related to their field of study. Presently, around 85,000 visas are granted annually to immigrants by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which is part of the Department of Homeland ...
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  • Appeals Court Rules Against Travel Ban

    On February 9, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled against President Trump’s Executive Order (EO) on immigration and refugees, stating that it would not block a ruling by a Seattle court a week ago that halted the EO. The San Francisco-based court's three judges unanimously agreed that the government had not been able to show that any terror threat vindicated reviving the ...
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  • Proposed Legal Immigration Barriers

    Two Republican senators proposed steps to cut the number of legal immigrants admitted into the United States by half on February 7, 2017. Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue proposed a bill that would reduce the number of immigrants granted U.S. residency each year from 1 million to 500,000. (CNN news) U.S. citizens and permanent residents can currently sponsor an assortment of family members ...
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  • The Judges Of The 9th Circuit Court Of Appeals Posed Pointed Questions

    The judges of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals posed pointed questions to lawyers from the Department of Justice and Washington State over a suspension on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim counties. The court is considering the government’s appeal of a federal judge’s order temporarily preventing enforcement of the travel ban, which blocks admissions from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, ...
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  • Temporary Restraining Order Issued on Executive Order

    On February 3, 2017, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) prohibiting the government from enforcing the January 27, 2017 Executive Order (EO) in regard to the national travel ban. As a result of this TRO all ports of entry, whether land or sea, are prohibited from enforcing the provisions of the EO until further order ...
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  • The Department of State Comments on Trump's Executive Order

    The Department of State Comments on Trump's Executive Order The Department of State (DOS) has stated that despite rumors to the contrary that there is no plan to extend the travel ban and visa revocations to other countries, other than those named in the Executive Order issued last week by President Trump. Colombia and Venezuela amongst others were those countries rumored to be under deliberation. ...
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  • Trump's Executive Order Clarified by The Department of Homeland Security

    Trump's Executive Order Clarified by The Department of Homeland Security The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued clarification regarding the Executive Order (EO) signed last week by President Trump. Green card holders from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen can breathe easier as DHS has held that it is in the national interests that nationals from these countries be ...
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  • New Executive Order Signed

    New Executive Order Signed President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) relating to visa issuance, screening procedures, and refugees on Jan. 27, 2017. The apparent purpose of this EO is to protect the United States from terrorist acts that could potentially be committed by foreign nationals of certain countries. By limiting entry and visas to certain individuals the EO, titled ...
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  • Trump Administration's Immigration Plan Resembles 9/11 NSEERS Policy

    Donald Trump’s presidential campaign lost and gained voters over the divisive topic of immigration law reform. In late 2015, when the now-President-elect was first starting to catch major attention, the proposed idea was a blanket ban on all Muslims attempting to enter the country from many Middle-East nations. By the time Trump won the 2016 Presidential election, the plan had been curtailed and ...
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