Blog Posts in May, 2018

  • USCIS Releases New Policy Memorandum Regarding the Use of DNA Evidence to Support Sibling Relationships

    Under this new policy, USCIS officers may now suggest DNA testing to petitioners and consider direct sibling-to-sibling DNA test results. Under the immigration laws, a sibling relationship requires that the petitioner and the beneficiary share at least one common parent. Primary evidence of a sibling relationship consists of birth and marriage certificates. However, if primary evidence is ...
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  • Alternatives to H-1B Visa

    H-1B Quota (FY 2019) USCIS received 190,098 H-1B Quota petitions for the fiscal year 2019 in the first week of April 2018. On April 11, 2018, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process, or lottery, to select enough petitions to meet the 65,000 general-category cap and the 20,000 cap under the Master’s Cap exemption. As USCIS will issue about 85,000 H-1B visas under the FY-2019 H-1B ...
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  • USCIS completes processing of 2019 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

    USCIS has completed processing all fiscal year 2019 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in the computer-generated random selection process. USCIS will now begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected. USCIS cannot provide a definite time frame for returning unselected petitions, due to the high volume of filings. USCIS has asked petitioners not to inquire about the status ...
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  • Immigrants Can Be Detained Indefinitely Without Bond Hearings, Supreme Court Rules

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-3 in February that immigrants, even those with permanent legal status and those seeking asylum, do not have the right to bond hearings every six months—essentially meaning the government is allowed to detain them indefinitely. The majority opinion—written by Justice Samuel Alto and joined by the court’s conservatives—said that the decision by the Ninth Circuit Court ...
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  • Federal Judge Orders DACA Program Must Be Resumed

    While the Trump administration aims to end deportation protections for young undocumented immigrants under DACA, a D.C. federal judge ordered the government to continue the Obama-era program and reopen it to new applicants. The decision was issued last Tuesday evening by U.S. District Judge John Bates, a George W. Bush appointee in Washington D.C. Bates is the third judge to rule against the Trump ...
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