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USCIS Rolls Out H-1B Fraud/Abuse Reporting System

USCIS, Apr. 3, 2017 - "We have established an email address dedicated to receiving information about suspected H-1B fraud or abuse."

USCIS H-1B Memo on Computer-Related Positions (Mar. 31, 2017)

USCIS, Mar. 31, 2017 - "This policy memorandum (PM) supersedes and rescinds the December 22, 2000 memorandum titled “Guidance memo on H1B computer related positions” issued to Nebraska Service Center (NSC) employees by Terry Way."

USCIS Reaches FY 2018 H-1B Visa Cap

USCIS, Apr. 7, 2017 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has reached the congressionally mandated 65,000 visa H-1B cap for fiscal year 2018. USCIS has also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 20,000 visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, also known as the master’s...

Employers Should Review Form I-9 for Social Security Number Glitch - USCIS

USCIS, Apr. 6, 2017 - "If you used Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, that you downloaded between Nov. 14 and Nov. 17, 2016, review them to ensure your employees’ Social Security numbers appear correctly in Section 1. There was a glitch when the revised Form I-9 was first published...

USCIS Will Issue Redesigned Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents

USCIS, Apr. 19, 2017 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a redesign to the Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card) and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project. USCIS will begin issuing...

Will Trump Break Promise to Haitians, Cancel TPS?

Alan Gomez, USA Today, Apr. 20, 2017 - " President Trump's immigration agency is recommending that the U.S. end temporary protections by next January for 50,000 Haitians allowed to remain in the United States following a series of natural disasters that have crippled the poverty-stricken Caribbean...

USCIS Recommendation to Terminate TPS for Haiti (Apr. 10, 2017)

In a memo dated Apr. 10, 2017 , USCIS Acting Director James W. McCament recommended to DHS Secretary Kelly that Temporary Protected Status ("TPS") for certain Haitians be terminated, effective Jan. 22, 2018: "...USCIS has concluded that the conditions in Haiti no longer support Its designation...

Interview with Margaret Stock on DOD/USCIS Shutdown of MAVNI

Texas Standard, May 2, 2017 - "[T]he New York Times is reporting the process of granting citizenship to immigrant soldiers is suffering serious delays. Margaret Stock, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, and a lawyer representing some people suing the government for not fulfilling...

Feds Release Immigrant Arrested at USCIS While Applying for Green Card

Milton J. Valencia, Boston Globe, May 5, 2017 - "In a sudden reversal, federal authorities agreed Friday to free a national of the Dominican Republic who was arrested by immigration authorities in March at a government office in Lawrence while filing paperwork to become a legal US resident. The...

FOIA Backlog Skyrockets at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

TRAC, May 8, 2017 - "The backlog of unprocessed FOIA requests to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) continues to climb. In just a two-year period, the backlog of unanswered FOIA requests has tripled, climbing from 17,998 at the end of December 2014 to 46,550 at the end of December...

"Paranoid" Pentagon Has "Destroyed" MAVNI Program

Alex Horton, Stars & Stripes, May 18, 2017 - "Earlier this spring, Dr. Kusuma Nio was anticipating two things in May. The trauma surgeon hoped to deploy with his Army Reserve unit to Afghanistan, where his expertise in treating catastrophic injuries would be vital to U.S. and Afghan forces roiled...

Expert: Grassley/Cissna Letters "Exhibit an Overall Anti-Immigrant View"

Marcelo Rochabrun, ProPublica, May 23, 2017 - "Lee Francis Cissna, President Trump’s nominee to head the federal agency that handles applications for visas, refugee status and citizenship, has put little on the public record in his 20 years as a lawyer, government employee, diplomat and...

USCIS Letter Outlines Proposed H-1B Reforms, Enforcement Efforts

Read the May 24, 2017 McCament letter here .

New AAO Adopted Decision and USCIS Policy Memo: Matter of A-T- Inc, Adopted Decision 2017-04 (AAO May 23, 2017)

Matter of A-T- Inc, Adopted Decision 2017-04 (AAO May 23, 2017) - Matter of A-T- Inc clarifies that, in order to qualify for an H-1B numerical cap exemption based upon a master’s or higher degree, the conferring institution must have qualified as a “United States institution of higher education”...

Expert: H-1B Compliance Reviews, Site Visits Likely to Increase

Laura D. Francis, Bloomberg BNA, June 1, 2017 - "The USCIS will continue the increased site visits to see that employers comply with H-1B rules, Stephen Yale-Loehr, a professor of immigration law practice at Cornell Law School , told Bloomberg BNA May 31. Unannounced site visits also are part of...

Expert: 'Unprecedented' Arrest of Asylum Applicant at Miami USCIS Interview

Nicholas Kulish, NYT, June 13, 2017 - "Marco Coello, then a skinny 18-­year-­old high school student, was grabbed by plainclothes agents of the Venezuelan security services as he joined a 2014 demonstration against the government in Caracas. They put a gun to his head. They attacked him...

USCIS Policy Alert: Job Creation and Capital At Risk Requirements for Adjudication of Form I-526 and Form I-829

USCIS, June 14, 2017, PA-2017-01 Policy Alert SUBJECT: Job Creation and Capital At Risk Requirements for Adjudication of Form I-526 and Form I-829 Purpose U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating the USCIS Policy Manual to provide further guidance regarding the job creation...

New USCIS Policy Guidance for Admin. Natz. Ceremonies (June 28, 2017)

USCIS, June 28, 2017 - "Purpose U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual on USCIS administrative naturalization ceremonies, to include guidance regarding participation from other U.S. government and non-governmental entities....

Q&A from May 10, 2017 AILA / ICE / USCIS / IER Meeting

USCIS - Questions and Answers American Immigration Lawyers Association Verification and Documentation Liaison Committee Joint Meeting with USCIS Verification, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, and the U.S. Department of Justice Immigrant and Employee Rights...

With Adopted Decision Matter of O-A-, USCIS Accepts Provisional Certificates As Evidence of Degree Completion - Michelle S. Velasco

Michelle S. Velasco, July 5, 2017 - "In a much welcomed move, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) established the Administrative Appeals Office (“AAO”) decision Matter of O-A-, March 15, 2017, Appeal of Nebraska Service Center Decision, Form I-140 Petition...

CISOMB Acknowledges MAVNI Crisis, Gives Weak Response

Annual Report 2017, Citizenship and Immigration Services, Ombudsman, June 29, 2017 See pp. 14-18, Key Facts and Findings: „ Pursuant to a combination of laws and programs, foreign nationals who serve in the military are eligible for special immigration benefits, including naturalization upon completion...

DHS Pushes Back Effective Date of USCIS International Entrepreneur Final Rule

Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 131 / Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is temporarily delaying the effective date of the International Entrepreneur Final Rule (82 FR 5238). This delay will provide DHS with an opportunity to obtain comments from the public regarding...

Revised Form I-9 Now Available (July 17, 2017)

USCIS, July 17, 2017 - "USCIS released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on July 17. Instructions for how to download Form I-9 are available on the Form I-9 page. Employers can use this revised version or continue using Form I-9 with a revision date of 11/14/16...

Q&A, Stats from May 2, 2017 USCIS Asylum Division Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting

USCIS, July 18, 2017 - Questions and Answers (PDF, 299 KB) Statistical Documents Affirmative Asylum Statistics – January 2017 (PDF, 56 KB) Affirmative Asylum Statistics – February 2017 (PDF, 178 KB) Affirmative Asylum Statistics – March 2017 (PDF, 179 KB) Credible...

Judge Certifies Nationwide Class in Employment Authorization Case (NWIRP v. USCIS)

AIC, July 19, 2017 - "Today, U.S. District Court Judge James Robert granted a motion to certify a nationwide class in Northwest Immigrant Rights Project v. USCIS , recognizing that USCIS must adjudicate asylum seekers’ employment authorization applications within 30 days if they are submitted...