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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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  • Sessions Orders Border Prosecutors to Adopt "Zero-Tolerance" Policy on Immigration

    Last week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions order federal prosecutors on the southwest border to adopt a “zero-tolerance” policy against those who illegally enter, or attempts to illegally enter, the country. He warns that illegally entering the United States will be “met with the full prosecutorial powers of the Department of Justice (DOJ).” This directive instructs all border prosecutors to ...
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  • USCIS Reaches FY 2019 H-1B Cap

    United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 6, 2018 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) 2019. As per the regulations, all H-1B applications received within the first five days of the Cap have to be counted towards the lottery. USCIS has not yet announced ...
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  • USCIS Removes "Nation of Immigrants" from Its Mission Statement

    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the federal agency responsible for granting citizenship to those in the process of becoming Americans, is removing a passage from its mission statement which refers to the United States as a “nation of immigrants.” The agency’s new statement as it appears on their website reads: “U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services administers the ...
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  • Federal Government Sues California Over Immigration Laws

    Yesterday, the Trump Administration announced that it will target three California laws it argues interfere with federal immigration enforcement, thus filing a lawsuit in federal court against state officials. This morning, Attorney General Jeff Sessions launched a vociferous defense of the administration’s legal challenge. "There is no nullification; there is no secession," Sessions said in a ...
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  • USCIS Issues New Policy Memorandum Regarding Requirements for H-1B Petitions Involving Third-Party Worksites

    USCIS recently issued a new policy memorandum entitled “Contracts and Itineraries Requirements for H-1B Petitions Involving Third-Party Worksites”. This memorandum summarized the primary requirements for establishing eligibility for an H-1B petition involving a third-party worksite, or end-client worksite, namely: The beneficiary will be employed in a specialty occupation and The employer will ...
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  • Trump Unlikely to Extend Looming Immigration Deadline

    Last year, President Trump scrapped the Obama-era program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that protects roughly 700,000 undocumented immigrants in the United States. He then set an expiry date of March 5, 2018, and called on Congress to come up with a solution. Over the past several months, lawmakers have been working toward reaching a deal to protect DACA recipients before ...
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  • Deportation FAQs

    With the tough stance that the Trump Administration has taken on U.S. immigration, it is important to become informed about deportation practices you might have to face. Trump’s “Enforcement Priorities,” which is contained in “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,” replaces the Obama era enforcement priorities. These new priorities are now in effect and will likely sweep ...
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  • The Fate of DACA Hinges on Year-End Spending Deal

    With Congress leaving Capitol Hill in just under two weeks, the fate of nearly 700,000 immigrants hangs in limbo. Democrats in the Senate now must decide if they want to add protections for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as a condition of their support for what is viewed as a “must-pass” spending bill. Their other option is to kick the issue to next year where they have ...
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  • Preparing for a Visit from ICE: What You Need to Know

    With immigration raids and round-ups increasing throughout the country, it is important for undocumented individuals and their families to be aware of what their rights are in the event that they are ever visited by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In this blog, we explain what you can expect and what you should during an ICE visit. When ICE officers are at your door, ask them if they ...
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  • Department of Homeland Security announce enhanced security measures for all flights to United States

    New screening rules went into effect on 10/26/2017 for all U.S. - bound airline passengers that could mean more detailed inspections of carry-on bags and electronic devices, as well as security interviews by airlines employees. The new rules are part of an effort by the Department of Homeland Security to more thoroughly screen travelers headed to the United States. The enhanced security measures ...
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  • USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for all H-1B Petitions Effective Immediately

    On October 3, 2017, USCIS announced that premium processing was once again available to all Petitioners seeking H-1B visas. H-1B visas allow skilled workers in certain specialty occupations to temporarily work and reside in the United States. When a request for premium processing is made and the requisite fee is paid, USCIS has 15 calendar days during which to make a decision on the application. ...
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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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  • The First 100 Days: Trump's Immigration Policies

    Immigration reforms was a common theme in many campaign speeches, and the Trump administration has made their intentions to crack down on immigration very clear. In the first 100 days of his presidency, Trump has begun to make progress in immigration policies. The new administration has struggled against setbacks and resistance, but there have been a number of executive actions and administrative ...
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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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