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

USCIS Transfers Jurisdiction over Refugee and Asylee Relative Petitions U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has begun the transfer of responsibility for processing Form I-730 (Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition) from agency service centers to international field offices. The first phase...

USCIS Gets an EB-5 Earful at Immigration Listening Session: Angelo A. Paparelli

"On April 23, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) -- the component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that administers the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program -- held an important "Listening Session" with the stakeholder community. EB-5 Program Chief, Nicholas...

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

USCIS Issues New Guidelines on Credible Fear Interviews On February 28, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued new guidelines for asylum officers charged with determining whether applicants possess credible fears of persecution or torture in their home countries. According to a memorandum...

Q&A from USCIS / AILA Meeting, April 10, 2014

"On April 10, 2014 USCIS hosted an engagement with AILA representatives. USCIS addressed questions related to I-130 adjudications, provisional waivers, and DACA among several other topics. The information below provides a review of the questions solicited by AILA and the responses provided by USCIS...

Q&A from USCIS International Operations Liaison Meeting with AILA, April 9, 2014

"On April 9, 2014 USCIS International Operations (IO) Division hosted an engagement with AILA representatives. IO addressed questions related to IO operations, I-601 waivers, biometrics, international adoptions and I-130 filings among several other topics. The information below provides a review...

Q&A from USCIS / AILA Meeting, April 15, 2014

"On April 15, 2014, The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Verification and Documentation Liaison Committee met with the USCIS Verification Division and ICE Homeland Security Investigations in Washington, DC. The questions below were submitted by AILA and responses were provided by...

DHS to Roll Out New Regs to Benefit Some H-1B Spouses and Skilled Workers

"[T]he Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced the publication of two proposed rules, including a rule to extend employment authorization to spouses of certain H-1B workers, and a proposal to enhance opportunities for certain groups of highly-skilled workers by removing obstacles to...

USCIS Proposed Rule: Employment Authorization for Certain H–4 Dependent Spouses

"The Department of Homeland Security proposes to extend the availability of employment authorization to certain H–4 dependent spouses of principal H–1B nonimmigrants. The extension would be limited to H–4 dependent spouses of principal H–1B nonimmigrants who are in the process...

USCIS Proposed Rule: Enhancing Opportunities for H–1B1, CW–1, and E–3 Nonimmigrants and EB–1 Immigrants

"The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposes to update the regulations to include nonimmigrant high-skilled specialty occupation professionals from Chile and Singapore (H–1B1) and from Australia (E–3) in the list of classes of aliens authorized for employment incident to status...

USCIS Q&A: April 10, 2014 Field Operations Directorate Meeting

"On April 10, 2014 USCIS Field Operations Directorate hosted an engagement with AILA representatives. USCIS addressed questions related to same sex marriage adjudications, customer identity verification, and interview rescheduling and delays among several other topics. The information below provides...

USCIS SOPs from Gluckman FOIA

David E. Gluckman writes: "I filed a FOIA with USCIS for updated SOPs on various application forms. I received the response , which includes updated SOPs on I-485, I-90, and I-765 processing. Lots of interesting stuff, including several mentions of CARRP in the I-485 SOPs." - [IMPORTANT! -...

NSC, TSC Business Engagement, July 17, 2014

"Business Community Engagement Thursday, July 17, 2014 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Central) Nebraska Service Center 1301 W. Highlands Boulevard, Lincoln, NE 68521 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a stakeholder engagement with the Nebraska and Texas...

Listening Session on U Visas, June 4, 2014

"Teleconference Invitation Listening Session on U Visas Wednesday, June 4, 2014 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Eastern) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a stakeholder listening session on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Eastern...

USCIS Issues New Policy on Form I-693

"Starting June 1, 2014, USCIS will limit the validity period for all Forms I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, to one year from the date of submission to USCIS. Applicants must also submit Form I-693 to USCIS within one year of the immigration medical examination. USCIS...

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

Report Highlights Economic Benefits of Public Defenders in Removal Proceedings A report released in late May by the global consulting firm NERA concluded that the fiscal savings to the government could well offset any costs associated with providing government-funded attorneys to indigent noncitizens...

DACA Renewal Process Released

"Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson today announced the process for individuals to renew enrollment in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has submitted to the Federal Register an updated form to allow individuals previously...

USCIS Policy Alert: Changes to Dates of Birth and Names on Certificates of Citizenship

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual relating to changes of dates of birth and names per court orders. Background USCIS recognizes that the dates of birth of children born abroad are not always accurately recorded in the countries...

Snapshot: USCIS/AILA Meeting re ELIS

"On April 9, 2014, the Office of Transformation Coordination (OTC), in collaboration with the Customer Service and Public Engagement Directorate (CSPED), conducted its Transformation Liaison Committee Meeting with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). USCIS provided updates on USCIS...

DACA Renewal Engagement This Thursday, June 26, 2014

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a stakeholder engagement on Thursday, June 26 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA). On June 5 , 2014, USCIS announced a DACA renewal process and published a...

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

Supreme Court Decides CSPA Case | On June 9, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Scialabba v. Cuellar de Osorio , 2014 U.S. LEXIS 3991 [ enhanced opinion available to lexis.com subscribers ]. The Court held that the BIA’s textually reasonable construction of the Child Status Protection...

USCIS Meeting Notes; Asylum Division; NHL vs. VSC

1. Q&A from the USCIS Asylum Division Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting, Tuesday, January, 28, 2014 . 2. Q&A from the National Hockey League (NHL) and Vermont Service Center Meeting, June 27, 2014 .

Three New USCIS Interim Memos for Comment

- Guidance on Evaluating Claims of “Extraordinary Circumstances” for Late Filings When the Applicant Must Have Sought to Acquire Lawful Permanent Residence Within One Year of Visa Availability Pursuant to the Child Status Protection Act - June 6, 2014 (Posted: 06-27-2014; Comment period ends...

Leon Rodriguez Sworn In As USCIS Director

"Leon Rodriguez was sworn in today as the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) during a ceremony at USCIS headquarters. Rodriguez, born in Brooklyn, and raised in Miami, comes to USCIS with a broad legal background and will lead the nearly 18,000 employee agency charged...

Webinar July 16, 2014: Immigration Relief for Victims of Human Trafficking

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a webinar training session on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss relief options available to victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, and other serious crimes. During...

Interim USCIS Memo on Adoptions: PM-602-0103, June 30, 2014

Guidance on the Implementation of the Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act of 2012 and the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 in Intercountry Adoption Adjudications This policy memorandum (PM) provides guidance on the implementation of the Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation...