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USCIS Policy Memo: Bona Fide Determination Process for Victims of Qualifying Crimes, and Employment Authorization and Deferred Action for Certain Petitioners
Posted on 14 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, June 14, 2021 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is publishing guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual on employment authorization and deferred action for principal petitioners for U nonimmigrant status and qualifying family... Read More

EOIR PM on Enforcement Priorities (June 11, 2021)
Posted on 11 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR, June 11, 2021 "... Immigration judges should be prepared to inquire, on the record, of the parties appearing before them at scheduled hearings as to whether the case remains a removal priority for ICE and whether ICE intends to exercise some... Read More

Three New USCIS Policy Updates (June 9, 2021)
Posted on 9 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, June 9, 2021 " Expedited Processing Under the updated expedite criteria policy (PDF, 293.62 KB) , benefit requestors and USCIS officers are provided further guidance on when expedited processing may be warranted. Additionally, nonprofit... Read More

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EOIR Cancels Trump-Era Policy Memos (May 14, 2021)
Posted on 17 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

PM 21-19 : "As part of EOIR’s ongoing efforts to improve operations and review existing policy memoranda, the following Policy Memoranda (PM) are rescinded: 1. PM 19-02, Guidelines Regarding New Regulations Governing Asylum and Protection Claims... Read More

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USCIS Issues Policy Guidance on Deference to Previous Decisions
Posted on 27 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Apr. 27, 2021 "USCIS is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual instructing officers to give deference to prior determinations when adjudicating extension requests involving the same parties and facts unless there was a material... Read More

EOIR Asylum Processing Policy Memo (Dec. 4, 2020)
Posted on 7 Dec 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR, Dec. 4, 2020 "This Policy Memorandum (PM) consolidates and replaces Operating Policies and Procedures Memoranda (OPPM) 00-01, Asylum Request Processing, OPPM 13-02, The Asylum Clock. Much of the information in those OPPM has become outdated... Read More

Two New EOIR Policy Memos (Feb. 13, 2020)
Posted on 14 Feb 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

PM 20-08 Definitions and Use of Adjournment, Call-Up and Case Identification Codes PM 20-09 The Immigration Court Practice Manual and Orders Read More

Recent EOIR Policy Memos
Posted on 19 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

1. July 15, 2019, Guidelines Regarding New Regulations Governing Asylum and Protection Claims 2. Aug. 16, 2019, Use of Status Dockets 3. Aug. 16, 2019, Allegations of Misconduct by EOIR Adjudicators and Ex Parte Communications Read More

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USCIS NTA Policy Memo Update (Nov. 8, 2018)
Posted on 8 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Nov. 8, 2018 - "On June 28, 2018, USCIS issued a new Notice to Appear (NTA) policy memorandum (PM) (PDF, 140 KB) providing guidance on when USCIS may issue Form I-862, Notice to Appear. An NTA is a document that instructs an individual to... Read More

USCIS Policy Memo: Signatures on Paper Applications, Petitions, Requests, and Other Documents Filed with USCIS
Posted on 19 Feb 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Feb. 15, 2018 - "This policy memorandum (PM) finalizes the interim memorandum under the same title issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on June 7, 2016. It provides the current USCIS policy regarding the signature requirement... Read More

USCIS Posts 2 New 'Material Support' Policy Memos; May 8, 2015
Posted on 19 May 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

PM-602-0112, May 8, 2015 - Implementation of the Discretionary Exemption Authority under Section 212(d)(3)(B)(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act for the Provision of Certain Limited Material Support PM-602-0113, May 8, 2015 - Implementation... Read More

The Empire Strikes Back: USCIS Rescinds Deference To Prior Approvals In Extension Requests - Cyrus D. Mehta
Posted on 30 Oct 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus D. Mehta, Oct. 30, 2017 - "The Trump administration is deriving great pleasure in causing pain to people who wish to lawfully come to the United States and remain here lawfully. It has caused H-1B carnage as more H-1B visa petitions are being... Read More

USCIS Policy Memo: Contracts and Itineraries Requirements for H-1B Petitions Involving Third-Party Worksites (Feb. 22, 2018)
Posted on 23 Feb 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Feb. 22, 2018 - "This policy memorandum (PM) establishes U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) policy relating to H-1B petitions filed for workers who will be employed at one or more third-party worksites." Read More

USCIS Policy Memo: Rescission of Guidance Regarding Deference to Prior Determinations of Eligibility in the Adjudication of Petitions for Extension of Nonimmigrant Status
Posted on 24 Oct 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Oct. 3, 2017 - Rescission of Guidance Regarding Deference to Prior Determinations of Eligibility in the Adjudication of Petitions for Extension of Nonimmigrant Status "This policy memorandum (PM) supersedes and rescinds the April 23, 2004... Read More