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June 15, 2011, Bender's Immigration Bulletin: USCIS Centralizes Form I-130 Filings

USCIS announced that effective August 15, 2011, petitioners living in countries without USCIS offices will be able to file Form I-130, Petition for an Alien Relative, with the USCIS Chicago Lockbox facility. Previous regulations permitted these petitioners, who comprise about five percent of all I-130...

July 1, 2011, Bender's Immigration Bulletin -- National Initiative to Combat Immigration-Services Scams

The Departments of Homeland Security and Justice and the Federal Trade Commission are leading a nationwide, multi-agency initiative to combat immigration services scams. The initiative targets immigration scams involving the unauthorized practice of immigration law that occurs when legal advice 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...

News Excerpts From the Jan. 15, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Procedures for H-2Bs Still in Flux | The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida enjoined the Department of Labor’s H-2B labor-certification rule of February 21, 2012, published at 77 Fed. Reg. 10,038. The injunction came in the case of Bayou Lawn & Landscape Services v...