Administration Seeks More Special Immigrant Visas for Afghan Nationals |
The Obama administration is urging Congress to expand the number of special immigrant visas available to Afghan nationals who assisted the U.S. government and to do so before the end of the summer. Under the Afghan Allies Protection Act of 2009, the government may issue up to 3,000 visas for Afghan principal applicants in fiscal 2014—an allotment the State Department predicts will be exhausted by the end of July.
In an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, Secretary of State John Kerry stated that failing to raise the allotment of available visas would leave stranded many Afghans who have assisted the U.S. military and who otherwise qualify for a visa.
Congress established the special immigrant visa program for Afghans in 2009. More than 9,000 visas have been issued since the program’s inception, with the majority of principal beneficiaries having served as translators for U.S. military forces.
Additional information is available at http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/news/Afghan_SIV_Program_Update.html.
Obama Speaks Again on Immigration Reform, Border
On June 30, President Barack Obama spoke about immigration reform. He “reiterated his commitment to immigration reform” and urged congressional action. He also spoke of ordering the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security to move more resources to the border to prevent undesirables from entering the country and to identify more administrative actions to fix what can be fixed in the immigration system without legislation. More information about the speech is at http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/06/30/president-obama-speaks-immigration-reform.
EOIR Information on Fraud Prevention and Attorney Discipline
The Executive Office for Immigration Review has created a web page with information on the agency’s programs relating to fraud prevention and attorney discipline. It is available at http://www.justice.gov/eoir/fraudanddiscipline/index.html.
EIA on U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Child Status Protection Act
LexisNexis — David Froman has written an analysis of the June U.S. Supreme Court decision about the Child Status Protection Act. Check out David Froman on Scialabba v. Cuellar de Osorio: Supremes Deny Young Adults Protection Under CSPA, Overlook Solution, 2014 Emerging Issues 7202, available on lexis.com. The Scialabba decision is summarized at 19 Bender’s Immigr. Bull. 671 (July 1, 2014) [enhanced opinion available to lexis.com subscribers. lexis.com subscribers may access Supreme Court briefs for this case]. ].
Podcast on EB-5 Retrogression
LexisNexis — BIB editorial board member and LexisNexis author Stephen Yale-Loehr did a podcast on retrogression of EB-5 visa availability for Chinese applicants. It can be found at /legalnewsroom/immigration/b/immigration-law-blog/archive/2014/06/21/podcast-steve-yale-loehr-on-eb-5-china-retrogression.aspx.
SHRM Survey Results on Employment-Eligibility Verification
SHRM — The Society for Human Resource Management has the results of a survey on employment eligibility verification available at http://www.shrm.org/research/surveyfindings/articles/pages/2014-employment-verification.aspx.
[This is an excerpt from the July 15, 2014, issue of Bender's Immigration Bulletin.]
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