USCIS Telecon: H-1B Filing Tips and Religious Workers Engagement - Oct. 9, 2014

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a stakeholder teleconference with the California and Vermont Service Centers on Thursday, October 9, 2014, from 11 a.m. -12:30 p.m. (Eastern). Please note that this engagement was previously scheduled for Thursday,...

News Excerpts From the Oct. 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

California Housing and Employment Department Issues New Guidelines on U Visas | On September 10, 2014, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing issued a directive expanding the grounds for which it will provide certifications to noncitizens seeking U nonimmigrant status. The Department...

News Excerpts From the October 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

White House Releases Refugee Ceilings for FY 2015 | On September 30, 2014, the White House released a presidential memorandum capping the number of refugee admissions at 70,000 for the upcoming fiscal year and authorizing citizens of some countries to seek refugee status from inside their countries...

USCIS Asylum Division Documents, Updated Sept. 26, 2014

Statistical Documents Syria FY14 Minors FY14 Cumulative NACARA - April, May, June 2014 Credible Fear and Reasonable Fear FY14 Affirmative Asylum - April, May, June 2014 Memos Changes to CF an RF Cases Requiring QA Review Guidance on Immediate Family Member in Credible Fear ...

Some Biometric Appointment Notices Issued in Error

"Recently USCIS erroneously scheduled some customers for more than one Application Support Center (ASC) biometric appointment (Form I-797C). If you have already attended an ASC biometric appointment, and received a second appointment notice for the same application type, please call the National...

Oct. 15th USCIS Webinar: Immigration Relief for Victims of Human Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes

Immigration Relief for Victims of Human Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes Wednesday, October 15, 2014 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Eastern) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a webinar training session on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, from 2:00 p.m. to...

USCIS 'Listening Session' on P-1A Athletes, Oct. 15, 2014

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a stakeholder listening session on Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 2–3 p.m. (Eastern) regarding the P-1A Internationally Recognized Athlete nonimmigrant visa classification. During this listening session, stakeholders...

DHS To Implement Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program

"Starting in early 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin implementation of a Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) Program to expedite family reunification for certain eligible Haitian family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents of the U.S. and to promote...

USCIS to Post RFP for Millions of EADs, Green Cards

"USCIS Contracting will be posting a solicitation for the requirement of Card Stock used by the USCIS Document Management Division. The objective of this procurement is to provide card consumables for the Document Management Division (DMD) that will be used to produce Permanent Resident Cards (PRC...

News Excerpts From the Nov. 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

California Launches Student Loan Program for DREAMers | In late September, California enacted a bill allowing public universities to provide direct loans to state residents unable to obtain federal loans on account of their immigration status. Known as the “California DREAM Loan Program,”...

That's One Expensive Cut of Meat

When you pay your bill at a restaurant, you are paying for the food, the employees' wages, the real estate, taxes, and more. But when you settle up at Fogo de Chao, you are also paying for lawyers, judges and bureaucrats to fight over the visa for a chef from Brazil . In 2010 the Brazilian steakhouse...

USCIS Expands Definitions of “Mother” and “Parent” to Include Gestational Mothers Using ART

"USCIS issued a new policy ( PA-2014-009 ) clarifying the definition of “mother” and “parent” under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to include gestational mothers using assisted reproductive technology regardless of whether they are the genetic mothers. USCIS and...

Advance Copy of USCIS Final Rule: Notices of Decisions and Documents Evidencing Lawful Status

"The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is amending its regulations governing when U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will issue correspondence, notices of decisions, and documents evidencing lawful status in the United States to an applicant, petitioner, attorney, or accredited...

USCIS Final Rule: Notices of Decisions and Documents Evidencing Lawful Status

"The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is amending its regulations governing when U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will issue correspondence, notices of decisions, and documents evidencing lawful status in the United States to an applicant, petitioner, attorney, or accredited...

USCIS Interim Memo: New T-6 Nonimmigrant Category

"The INA allows a principal T nonimmigrant (the victim of a severe form of trafficking in persons, or T-1) to request derivative status for certain family members. ... Section 1221 of VAWA 2013 expanded the derivative category based on present danger of retaliation to include children (adult or...

News Excerpts From the Nov. 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program To Begin in 2015 On October 17, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security announced that Haitian beneficiaries of approved family-based immigrant visa petitions may soon be paroled into the United States approximately two years before their priority dates...

USCIS Teleconference, BIA Recognition and Accreditation, Nov. 6, 2014

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a stakeholder teleconference on Thursday, Nov. 6, from 2 – 3 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss the standard operating procedure for Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) recognition and accreditation. During this engagement...

Asylum Division Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting, Nov. 14, 2014

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a quarterly stakeholder engagement in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. (EST) to provide updates from the Asylum Division and answer questions from participants. To Register: Interested...

EB-5 Stakeholder Engagement, Dec. 5, 2014

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a stakeholder engagement session on Friday, Dec. 5, from 1 to 3:00 p.m. Eastern to discuss the Immigrant Investor Program." - USCIS, Nov. 3, 2014 .

USCIS Policy Memo: DNA Evidence of Sibling Relationships

October 17, 2014 PM-602-0106 DNA Evidence of Sibling Relationships for Service Centers, Domestic and International Field Offices "This policy memorandum (PM) articulates USCIS policy on acceptance of DNA evidence in support of sibling relationships. This PM revises Adjudicator’s Field...

USCIS Launches Web-Based I-90

" On Nov.12, USCIS will make Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card , temporarily available in the USCIS Electronic Immigration System (USCIS ELIS) . We will use a two-stage approach in launching the I-90 capability. The first stage will be a 72-hour limited introduction from...

News Excerpts From the Dec. 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Executive Action Coverage | On November 20, 2014, the President announced a series of executive actions that will help secure the border, prioritize deporting felons over families, and allow certain undocumented immigrants to temporarily remain in the U.S. without fear of deportation if they pass...

EB-5 Stakeholder Engagement on Dec. 5, 2014 - USCIS

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a stakeholder engagement session on Friday, Dec. 5, from 1 to 3:00 p.m. Eastern to discuss the Immigrant Investor Program. This engagement is part of our efforts to enhance dialogue with external stakeholders regarding...

Can Congress Strip DAPA/DACA User Fees From USCIS?

Angelo A. Paparelli explains: "[A] dispute has arisen among Republicans about whether Congress has the power to prohibit USCIS from processing deferred action cases by starving the agency of funds. The House Appropriations Committee maintained in a statement that the Congress is powerless to...

News Excerpts From the Jan. 1, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Labor Department Ends Use of Employer-Provided Wage Surveys for H-2B Program | Following a major decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the Department of Labor announced that it will no longer issue prevailing wage determinations for the H-2B program resulting from wage surveys...