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212(e) Guidance for J-2 spouse of J-1 MAVNI - USCIS

"USCIS HQ Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2015 11:36 AM Subject: Guidance for J2 spouse of J1 MAVNI Good Morning, USCIS Field Office Directorate (FOD), Citizenship Branch, has shared the following guidance with its field offices. Please disseminate to any personnel who are involved in the...

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...

USCIS DACA Listening Session Today, Jan. 13, 2015

"Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Expansion U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a listening session on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss the expansion of DACA as part of the recently announced executive...

H-1B APA 'Specialty Occupation' Victory: Warren Chiropractic v. USCIS

"While countless undocumented immigrants seek legal status under unilateral executive initiatives, the Court is tasked with reviewing an executive agency’s decision denying a visa to an educated woman who sought to manage a medical office. ... Because the denial of the visa petition was based...

USCIS DAPA Listening Session Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

Teleconference Invitation Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, 2 p.m. (Eastern) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a listening session on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern...

Telecon with USCIS Director León Rodríguez, Jan. 22, 2015

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a stakeholder teleconference on Thursday, Jan. 22 from 2-3 p.m. (Eastern), with USCIS Director León Rodríguez. Director Rodríguez will highlight agency initiatives and listen and respond to issues...

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

DHS Weighing Program to Streamline Employment-Based Immigration Requests | On January 15, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security announced the potential launch of a pilot program later this year to streamline adjudications of employment-based immigration requests by known U.S. employers. According...

News Excerpts From the Feb. 15, 2012, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Arizona Must Issue Drivers’ Licenses to DACA Recipients | On January 22, 2015, District Judge David G. Campbell permanently enjoined Arizona from refusing to issue drivers’ licenses to beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, finding that the state’s policy...

Links to Stats from Asylum Division Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting

"Asylum Division Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invited you to participate in a quarterly stakeholder engagement in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2014, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. (EST) to provide updates from the Asylum Division and answer questions...

Updated DACA F.A.Q. - USCIS

Frequently Asked Questions Please note : The questions and answers on this page will take effect on February 18, 2015, when expanded DACA becomes available. On that date, these frequently asked questions will replace the FAQs that are currently in effect . I General Information for All Requestors...

Implementation of the Settlement Agreement in Duran Gonzalez: USCIS Policy Memo, Jan. 31, 2015

"This policy memorandum (PM) ensures the consistent implementation of the Settlement Agreement based on Duran Gonzalez, et al. v. Department of Homeland Security, et al., and amends all earlier memoranda on this subject, including the May 19, 2009, memorandum. This guidance only applies to certain...

USCIS G-28 SNAFU News

Important Information for Pending Cases During the Transition from the Current Version of the Form G-28 to the Revised Version "We are aware that some attorneys and accredited representatives who recently filed the current version of the G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited...

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

Preliminary Injunction Issued in Texas v. United States | Late on February 16, a United States District Court judge for the Southern District of Texas (Brownsville) issued a preliminary injunction temporarily blocking the President’s November 2014 executive action on immigration. Judge Andrew...

USCIS Telecon Feb. 26th re Haitian Family Reunification Parole

"Teleconference Invitation Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) Program Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 2:00-3:30 p.m. (Eastern) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in coordination with the U.S. Department of State invites you to participate in a teleconference on Thursday, Feb. 26...

Dialogue with USCIS Director León Rodríguez, Wed., Feb. 25, 2015

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a stakeholder teleconference on Wednesday, Feb. 25 from 3 to 4 p.m. (Eastern), with USCIS Director León Rodríguez. During the session, Director Rodríguez will highlight agency initiatives and listen...

Adjudication of H-1B Petitions for Nursing Occupations: USCIS Policy Memo, Feb. 18, 2015

"This policy memorandum (PM) provides guidance on the adjudication of H-1B petitions for nursing positions. Specifically, this PM assists U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers in determining whether or not a nursing position meets the definition of a specialty occupation. This...

News Excerpts From The March 15, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

DHS Will Provide Work Authorization to Certain H-4 Spouses | The Department of Homeland Security issued a final rule on February 25, 2015, that will soon allow H-4 dependent spouses of certain nonimmigrants with H-1B status to apply for employment authorization documents. For an H-4 dependent spouse...

USCIS Revises Form G-28

"USCIS has published a revised Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative . The revised form G-28 is part of a final rule that became effective on Jan. 27, 2015. About Form G-28 Attorneys and legal representatives accredited by the Board of Immigration...

AILA Letter to USCIS: Continue to Process H-2B Cases

"AILA sent the following message to USCIS, asking the agency to resume processing of H-2B petitions already filed, and to accept and process H-2B petitions supported by temporary labor certifications issued prior to March 4, 2015. Dear Director Rodríguez: The American Immigration Lawyers...

USCIS: Marooned on ELIS Island?

"If there’s one thing politicians of all stripes can agree on, it’s this: The immigration system is broken. What’s less obvious is the extent to which that’s physically true. An online system that was supposed to automate the processing of green cards and other immigration...

USCIS Resumes H-2B Adjudications; Premium Processing Remains Suspended

"Today, March 17, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will resume adjudications of H-2B petitions, but will continue to suspend premium processing until further notice. Monday, March 16, 2015 the Department of Labor (DOL) filed an unopposed motion to stay the March 4 order of the...

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

H-2B Interim Final Rule Expected in April | On March 4, 2015, the federal district court in the Northern District of Florida vacated the Department of Labor's (DOL) 2008 H-2B regulations on the ground that the DOL lacks authority under the INA to issue regulations in the H-2B program. Perez v...

USCIS Posts Updated L-1B Adjudications Policy for Public Feedback

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez today announced the release of an updated policy memorandum on the L-1B nonimmigrant visa classification for workers with specialized knowledge . The memorandum, which clarifies for USCIS officers how L-1B petitioners...

Florida Stable Sues USCIS Over O-1 Visa Denial

"A popular thoroughbred racehorse trainer has accused the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in a D.C. federal court of engaging in “capricious” and “arbitrary” behavior by denying an assistant trainer an extension of his nonimmigrant worker status after previously...

USCIS Shuffles Workload from VSC to CSC

"USCIS recently began transferring some Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, cases filed by lawful permanent residents for their eligible family members from the Vermont Service Center to the California Service Center. If your case was transferred, USCIS will send you a notice listing the...