Visa Bulletin Updates

Every month, the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (AILA) Department of State Liaison Committee checks in with Charlie Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division at the Department of State. This month’s check-in included clarification about the numerous retrogressions and changes announced in the September 2018 Visa Bulletin. Charlie confirmed that the F-1 and[…]

More NTA News

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) released the below statement concerning yesterday’s new NTA guidance. The press release can be found below. Copied from AILA’s website: New USCIS Policy Will Needlessly Push Thousands More Cases into the Deportation Machinery Friday, July 06, 2018 WASHINGTON, DC – On July 5, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)[…]

USCIS Expands Notice to Appear Power

USCIS issued updated guidance today that expanded the types of cases in which they can issue Notices to Appear (NTAs). NTAs commence removal proceedings. More information is available below. Copied from USCIS’s website: USCIS Updates Notice to Appear Policy Guidance to Support DHS Enforcement Priorities WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued updated guidance (PDF, 139[…]

Additional Visa Bulletin Notes

Every month, the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (AILA) Department of State Liaison Committee checks in with Charlie Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division at the Department of State. This month’s check-in included information about retrogression in employment-based immigrant categories in future visa bulletins. In particular, there is a chance that EB-1 China[…]

I-751 and I-829 Update

USCIS recently issued a couple of announcements concerning I-751s, petitions to remove conditions on residence. I-751s have recently become extremely backlogged. They now require an interview and take anywhere from 1-3 years to be adjudicated, with most now being adjudicated 13-20 months after filing. Previously, conditional green card holders were only allowed to present their[…]