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BREAKING: Trump Administration Announces H-1B Visa Overhaul

Today, the DHS and DOL announced the much anticipated and dreaded rules, which affect H-1B visas and Prevailing Wage requirements for H-1Bs/PERMs, respectively. Both rules will be published as Interim Final Rules, meaning the agencies can forego the usual notice and comment requirements, with the DHS rule set to take effect 60 days from tomorrow[…]

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DHS Proposes Rule to “Strengthen” Affidavit of Support Process

More chaos and cruelty from the Trump administration. DHS is now proposing a rule to, among other things, require Affidavit of Support sponsors to submit credit reports/scores, certified copies of income tax returns, and bank account information. Additionally, any sponsor who has received a public benefit in the 36 months preceding filing will have to[…]

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USCIS Response to Preliminary Injunction of Fee Rule

Following the nationwide preliminary injunction which stopped the new USCIS fee schedule from taking effect on Friday, USCIS responded in kind, claiming they are severely underfunded and this move would hurt the agency.   Copied from USCIS:   Release Date 09/30/2020 WASHINGTON-U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Deputy Director of Policy Joseph Edlow issued the following[…]

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ICE To Propose Rule Establishing a Fixed Time Period of Admission for F, J, and I Nonimmigrants

In the most recent attack on immigration by this administration, ICE has proposed a new rule that will change the period of admission for F, J, and I visa holders to a fixed duration, departing from the long standing practice of admitting those individuals for “duration of status.” The proposed rule will also include a[…]

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BREAKING: Supreme Court Upholds DACA, Blocks Trump Admin from Rescinding Program

Finally some good news. In a major victory for immigration advocates across the country, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday morning that the Trump administration cannot move forward with its plan to rescind the DACA program, dealing a huge blow to its anti-immigration agenda. In a 5-4 decision, the high court ruled that the DHS violated[…]

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DHS and USDA Move to Protect American Farmers and Ensure Continued Flow of America’s Food Supply

All it took was a global pandemic for USCIS to start behaving somewhat reasonably. The agency recently announced some temporary flexibility and relaxation of requirements as pertains to H-2A agricultural workers in order to promote stability and prevent disruption in the agriculture sector, and ensure the continuity of the nation’s food supply chain. First, it[…]

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COVID-19 Delays in Extension/Change of Status Filings

USCIS announced today that the agency recognizes that COVID-19 is presenting unique immigration-related challenges, particularly in the sense that a global pandemic may make it difficult for nonimmigrants to depart the United States at the end of their period of authorized stay. USCIS says it is carefully examining all of these issues and is considering[…]

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USCIS Offices Remain Closed Through May 3

USCIS clarified its office closures announcement with a helpful chart on action needed to be taken (if any) by those affected by the closures. For the most part, no action is required and USCIS will automatically reschedule appointments and notify individuals. Please see below.   Copied from USCIS:    On March 18, U.S. Citizenship and[…]

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USCIS Expands Flexibility for Responding to USCIS Requests

USCIS expanded their flexibility for responding to USCIS requests today. Their previous guidance expanded the deadline to respond to RFEs and NOIDs received between March 1, 2020 and May 1, 2020 by an additional 60 days. USCIS is now clarifying that this policy also applies to Notices of Intent to Revoke (NOIR), Notices of Intent[…]

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Department of Homeland Security Suspends New Enrollment/Re-Enrollment in CBP Trusted Traveler Programs for New York Residents

In an act of pure political retaliation, today the Department of Homeland Security announced that it will no longer accept new enrollments or re-enrollments of New York state residents in CBP’s Trusted Traveler Programs (including NEXUS, SENTRI, and Global Entry), effective immediately. The move was in response to New York’s recently enacted sanctuary policies, particularly[…]