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Excerpts From the Feb. 1, 2013, Bender's Immigration Bulletin

USCIS Transitions to Centralized Policy Manual On January 7, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services launched its transition to an online policy manual that will ultimately replace the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM). According to USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas, the change follows an agency...

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...

News Excerpts From the Aug. 1, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Napolitano Resigns as Secretary of Homeland Security On July 12, 2013, Janet Napolitano announced her resignation as Secretary of Homeland Security, a position she has held since the start of the Obama administration. Napolitano will remain in her position until September, after which she will become...

Canada Benefits from U.S. Immigration Reform Failure

"Stalled immigration reforms in the United States are an opportunity for Canada to scoop up a wealth of young, "brilliant" foreign nationals and direct them into burgeoning tech-sector employment, the federal employment minister said Wednesday." - Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press...

News Excerpts From the April 15, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

ICE Announces Safeguards for Releases of Noncitizens with Convictions | On March 18, 2015, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that it would implement additional safeguards prior to releasing noncitizens with criminal convictions from custody. Under the new policy, the discretionary...

How Would 'Merit-Based' Systems Change US Immigration?

David Iaconangelo, CSM, Mar. 2, 2017 - "Points-based systems, as the models are generally known, seek to determine how useful a prospective immigrant is for the national economy, with points assigned to factors like education, profession, and linguistic proficiency. Family connections often help...

Expert: Will Congress Give USCIS Enough Authority to Run a 'Points' System?

Trump's push for 'merit-based' immigration may not deliver the benefits he expects - Don Lee, Los Angeles Times, Mar. 13, 2017 - "President Trump wants to reform the immigration system to favor foreigners who have special skills that would contribute to the U.S. economy, breaking from...