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Excerpts From the June 1, 2013, Bender's Immigration Bulletin

Payment of USCIS Immigrant Visa Fee via USCIS ELIS USCIS has moved the online payment of the USCIS Immigrant Fee to its Electronic Immigration System ( USCIS ELIS ). Customers must now pay the $165 fee using USCIS ELIS after they receive their immigrant visa packages from the Department of State and...

News Excerpts from the June 15, 2013, Bender's Immigration Bulletin

USCIS Finalizes Policy Memo on EB-5 Adjudications On May 30, 2013, USCIS issued a final policy memorandum on the adjudication of EB-5 petitions and applications. The policy memo affirms that adjudicators are to use the "preponderance of the evidence" standard when reviewing submissions...

Excerpts From the July 1, 2013, Bender's Immigration Bulletin

Ethiopian Adoptions: PAIR Requirement Effective September 1, 2013, the government of Ethiopia will require that the prospective adoptive parents include evidence that the U.S. government completed a Pre-Adoption Immigration Review of the prospective adoptive child's immigration eligibility. Any...

News Excerpts From The Jan. 1, 2014, Bender's Immigration Bulletin

EOIR Issues New Guidance Following Settlement of Asylum Clock Suit | On December 2, 2013, the Office of the Chief Immigration Judge issued two memoranda concerning implementation of the employment authorization “clock” for asylum applicants in removal proceedings. The issuance of the memoranda...

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

IRS Adopts New Policy on ITINs | On June 30, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service announced that Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers will expire only if not used on a federal tax return for five consecutive years. The IRS will not begin deactivating ITINs until 2016 in order to give all interested...

Editor's Corner: Thank You, Readers!

Daniel M. Kowalski, Dec. 31, 2016 - Twenty years ago, I had just moved to Seattle and was looking for work. Nadine Wettstein gave me a telephone call and offered me a job editing Bender's Immigration Bulletin . I accepted and am still in her debt. Since then, the subscription BIB has evolved and...

News Excerpts from the May 15, 2017 Issue of Bender's Immigration Bulletin

Lawsuit over Expanded OPT Dismissed On April 19, 2017, a judge in Washington, D.C., dismissed a lawsuit by a union representing technology workers challenging the extension of the Optional Practical Training program for graduates with STEM degrees. U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton rejected the union’s...