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  • Barr Makes Significant Changes to Immigration Courts

    After being confirmed as the new U.S. Attorney General, William Barr has set his sights on making substantial changes to immigration courts. Under Barr, the Justice Department is set to issue new rule changes that will make it easier for appellate immigration judges to declare their rulings binding on the entire immigration system. Among the changes was expanding the use of single-judge, cursory ...
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  • Leader of Militia Detaining Migrants at the Border Arrested by FBI

    Larry Mitchell Hopkins, the leader of the United Constitutional Patriots (UCP), was recently arrested by the FBI just days after video was released showing the group holding migrants near the U.S border against their will. Hopkins was arrested in New Mexico on charges of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. In 2017, the FBI discovered weapons at Hopkins’s residence after the ...
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  • DHS Tightens Rules to Detect Child Marriage

    Although the latest immigration news reports have focused on national security matters, especially after President Trump declared a national emergency in order to build a wall along the southern U.S. border, the Department of Homeland Security announced new rules to track child marriages through immigration. Currently, federal immigration laws do not establish a minimum age requirement for an ...
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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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • Does the Government Shutdown Affect Immigration Matters?

    There are has been an enormous amount of concern and confusion surrounding the current government shutdown, especially those who are federal employees or receive federal subsidies. While the main issue for the shutdown is immigration , specifically building a “steel wall” on the U.S.-Mexico border, most immigration processes remain ongoing. The following blog post answers the most frequently asked ...
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  • Federal Judge Rescinds Trump Administration Asylum Policy

    Last Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan struck down a recent policy by the Trump administration which made it more challenging for domestic-abuse and gang-violence victims to claim asylum , determining the policies violated federal immigration law. In addition, he ordered the U.S. government to return deported plaintiffs. Back in June, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions ...
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  • Asylum Seekers to Wait in Mexico during Legal Process

    Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a new policy which will require illegal immigrants seeking asylum in the United States to return to Mexico and wait until their claims are processed—potentially for months or years. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen cited emergency powers permitted according to the Immigration and Nationality Act in order to handle a ...
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  • What a Democratic Takeover of House Could Mean for Immigration

    The Democratic Party regained the majority of the House of Representatives following this month’s midterm elections. What this most likely means is more scrutiny will be applied to President Donald Trump’s legislative agenda—especially when it comes to immigration. Democrats plan to use their new authority to investigate past immigration actions and challenge any future immigration plans by the ...
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  • Immigration Judges Deny More Asylum Seekers

    According to a new study by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, the number of “credible fear of prosecution” asylum cases has significantly dropped this year. Researchers found that immigration judges found asylum seeks had provided enough evidence to claim they had a credible fear in 14.7 percent of cases heard since January, which is about half as often ...
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  • USCIS Proposes a New Denaturalization Taskforce

    Recently, USCIS announced the start of a new office which will focus on naturalized American citizens who are under suspicion of having used fraudulent means to obtain their citizenship and seek to denaturalize them. The cases targeted will be those of immigrants who were previously ordered deported or removed and are suspected of using false identities to later obtain lawful permanent residence ...
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  • Supreme Court Upholds Travel Ban 3.0

    On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump’s travel ban, stating it is “squarely within” the president’s authority. The 5-4 ruling by the high court that “Travel Ban 3.0,” named for being the third iteration of Trump’s controversial immigration proposal, is constitutional. The president signed Proclamation No. 9645 on September 24, 2017, which indefinitely restricted most ...
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  • Sessions Imposes Stricter Requirements for Asylum Claims

    In a ruling that could have a significant impact on large numbers of Center Americans seeking asylum protection in the United States, General Attorney Jeff Sessions said immigration judges generally cannot consider domestic and gang violence as proper grounds for asylum claims. Sessions ruled in a Board of Immigration Appeals case involving a woman from El Salvador whose asylum status was upheld ...
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  • TPS Beneficiaries from Nepal Must Re-Register Before July 23, 2018

    USCIS recently announced that current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nepal, who want to maintain their status through the termination date of June 24, 2019, must re-register for TPS between May 22, 2018 and July 23, 2018 . For eligible TPS beneficiaries from Nepal, you will be issued a new EAD with a June 24, 2019 expiration date if you timely re-register and apply for a new ...
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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 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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