Immigration Law

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DOS on NAM v. DHS Order
Posted on 12 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, Oct. 9, 2020 "Court Order regarding Presidential Proclamation 10052 On October 1, 2020, a federal district court in National Association of Manufacturers v. Department of Homeland Security (NAM) enjoined the government from... Read More

State Department Freezes Au Pair Program
Posted on 8 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 10/09/2020 "The U.S. Department of State (Department) is announcing, effective immediately, a moratorium on program growth in the Au pair category of the Exchange Visitor Program... Read More

Expert: Hong Kong Refugee Designation a "Political Statement"
Posted on 2 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Robert Delaney, South China Morning Post, Oct. 2, 2020 "The US state department announced the inclusion of Hong Kong for the first time in its annual refugee admissions proposal, a move that follows a series of actions taken by Washington in response... Read More

DOS Posts DV-2022 Instructions, FAQ
Posted on 30 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, Sept. 30, 2020 - INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE 2022 DIVERSITY IMMIGRANT VISA PROGRAM (DV-2022) Read More

Calling it "Migration," State Dept. Blacks Out Refugee Data
Posted on 26 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, Sept. 25, 2020 "The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) will begin migrating its Refugee Processing Center case processing system to a new IT system on October 9, 2020. This is part... Read More

Diversity Visa (DV-2020) Update (Sept. 17, 2020)
Posted on 18 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Department of State, Sept. 17, 2020 "On September 4, 2020, the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia ruled in Gomez v. Trump that the Department must make good-faith efforts to expeditiously schedule, process and adjudicate DV-2020 diversity... Read More

Court Nixes Quarantine for DV-2020 Winners
Posted on 15 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Gomez v. Trump, amended order, Sept. 14, 2020 "According to the State Department, the five Regional Proclamations legally compel the Department to impose and enforce the Quarantine Requirement before it can issue a visa to any DV-2020 applicant... Read More

DOS Diversity Visa (DV-2020) Update (Sept. 15, 2020)
Posted on 15 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, Sept. 15, 2020 "On September 4, 2020, the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia ruled in Gomez v. Trump that the Department must make good-faith efforts to expeditiously process and adjudicate DV-2020 diversity visa... Read More

DOS FAQ on J Visa Processing, Presidential Proclamation 10052
Posted on 15 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, Sept. 15, 2020 "Presidential Proclamation 10052 (P.P. 10052) suspends the issuance of visas to applicants for H-1B, H-2B, and L-1 visas; J-1 visa applicants participating in the intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair... Read More

DOS Updates: DV-2020 Diversity Visas; K Visas
Posted on 10 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOS, Sept. 9, 2020 - Diversity Visa (DV-2020) Update "On September 4, 2020, the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia ruled in Gomez v. Trump that the Department must make good-faith efforts to expeditiously process and adjudicate DV... Read More

CA2 Passport Victory: Alzokari v. Pompeo
Posted on 26 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Alzokari v. Pompeo "This case presents a question of first impression for this Court: can the Department revoke a citizen’s United States passport on the ground that he concealed his identity in applying for the passport, where the citizen... Read More

DOS Expands Waiver Interview Eligibility
Posted on 25 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOS, Aug. 25, 2020 "Secretary Pompeo, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, has temporarily expanded the ability of consular officers to waive the in-person interview requirement for individuals applying for a nonimmigrant visa... Read More

Aug. 12, 2020 DOS Update to National Interest Exceptions to Presidential Proclamations 10014 & 10052
Posted on 12 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, Aug. 12, 2020 "On June 22, the President signed Presidential Proclamation (P.P.) 10052, which extends P.P. 10014, which suspended the entry to the United States of certain immigrant visa applicants, through December 31, 2020.... Read More

DOS Update on Public Charge (Aug. 7, 2020)
Posted on 7 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, Aug. 7, 2020 "On Wednesday, July 29, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York enjoined the Department of State from “enforcing, applying, implementing, or treating as effective” the Department’s... Read More

DOS: National Interest Exceptions to Presidential Proclamations (10014 & 10052)
Posted on 31 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, July 30, 2020 "On June 22, the President signed Presidential Proclamation (P.P.) 10052, which extends P.P. 10014, which suspends the entry to the United States of certain immigrant visa applicants, through December 31, 2020. P... Read More