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USCIS Proposes to Raise Fees 21% (Will We See a 21% Improvement in Service?)

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 86 / Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposes to adjust certain immigration and naturalization benefit request fees charged by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS conducted a comprehensive fee review, after...

News Excerpts From the May 1, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

EB-4 Visa Limit Reached for Special Immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras A final action date of January 1, 2010 has been set for special immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras and is reflected in the State Department’s Visa Bulletin Employment-Based Preference Cases...

USCIS Announces Filipino WWII Veterans Parole Policy

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 89 / Monday, May 9, 2016 - "This notice announces the implementation of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) Filipino World War II Veterans Parole (FWVP) policy. Under this policy, USCIS will offer certain beneficiaries of approved family-based...

USCIS Launches Optional Forms Checklists for Forms I-129F and I-765

USCIS, May 9, 2016 - "On May 9, USCIS launched a pilot study that offers customers optional checklists to assist in the submission of form packages. The checklists are designed to help customers easily identify what documents they need to include when they initially file an application or petition...

USCIS Asylum Division Latest Stats (May 6, 2016)

Links from the Asylum Division Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting, Friday, May 6, 2016 - Meeting Invitation (PDF) Statistical Documents Affirmative Asylum Statistics - January 2016 (PDF) Affirmative Asylum Statistics - February 2016 (PDF) Affirmative Asylum Statistics - March 2016 (PDF) Credible...

News Excerpts From the May 15, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

USCIS Finishes Data Entry for Cap-Subject H-1B FY17 Applications | USCIS announced on May 2 that it has finished data entry for cap-subject H-1B petitions. It will begin returning those not chosen in the lottery. Some petitions are being transferred from the Vermont Service Center to the California...

USCIS Sued Over 'Unlawful Delay' Of Citizenship Applications Of Muslims - Arapi v. USCIS

Talal Ansari, BuzzFeed News, May 18, 2016 - "The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) unlawfully delays the citizenship applications of Muslim immigrants due to a secretive immigration program, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in St. Louis. The lawsuit — filed by...

USCIS, ICE Fingerprint Check Refresh Agreement (May 19, 2016)

ICE, May 19, 2016 - "The agreement establishes a process between ICE ERO and USCIS for the refresh (update) of fingerprint checks of non-detained respondents with cases pending before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) whose fingerprints have been taken, but the fingerprint checks...

Honors Grad Denied DACA Renewal Due To Civil Protests, Sues USCIS: Unzueta v. USCIS

Unzueta v. USCIS, filed May 25, 2016 - "Defendants granted DACA to the Plaintiff in 2013, but denied “renewal” of DACA in 2015 after she continued to be outspoken in support of the rights of other noncitizens. Defendants purported to label Ms. Unzueta Carrasco’s citations for civil...

News Excerpts From the June 1, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Supreme Court Decides Luna Torres v. Lynch | On May 19, The Supreme Court decided Torres v. Lynch , 578 U.S. ___ (2016). Justice Kagan delivered the opinion, joined by Justices Kennedy, Ginsburg, and Alito, and Chief Justice Roberts. Justice Sotomayor filed a dissenting opinion joined by Justices...

News Excerpts From the June 15, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Labor Department Will Streamline H-2A Process | On May 20, 2016, the Department of Labor’s Office for Foreign Labor Certification announced that it would streamline the process for H-2A employers filing petitions under the 2015 final herder rule. Going forward, employers and their authorized...

USCIS Floats Draft Policy Memo re Signatures

USCIS, June 7, 2016 - "This policy memorandum (PM) provides the current U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) policy regarding the signature requirement for applications, petitions, requests, and other documents that require a signature prior to filing with USCIS. This PM does not address...

Q&A from May 3, 2016 Joint Meeting with AILA, ICE & USCIS

"On May 3, 2016 , the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Verification and Document Liaison Committee met with USCIS’ Verification Division and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations to respond to questions, provide updates and address...

CISOMB U Visa Parole Recommendation

USCIS Ombudsman, June 16, 2016 - "Ombudsman Recommendation on Parole for Eligible U Visa Principal and Derivative Petitioners Residing Abroad The Ombudsman recommends that USCIS develop a parole policy to benefit eligible U principals and beneficiaries. Since U visas were first established...

USCIS Policy Manual Update: Obsolete Form Removed

USCIS Policy Alert, June 22, 2016 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to remove obsolete Form I-643, Health and Human Services Statistical Data for Refugee/Asylee Adjusting Status, from the filing requirements for applications...

News Excerpts From the July 1, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Colorado Repeals Employment Verification Requirement | On June 8, 2016, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill (House Bill 16-1114) repealing a state requirement that employers maintain a separate affirmation form and retain copies of documents presented when newly hired employees complete...

News Excerpts From the July 15, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Review of Supreme Court Activity | In the last weeks of the 2015 term, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision, a nondecision, and two grants of certiorari in cases that apply to immigration. The nondecision was in United States v. Texas , 2016 U.S. LEXIS 4057, in which the entire June 23 decision...

Webinar - T and U Visas and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), July 20, 2016

" USCIS invites you to a webinar on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern) on T and U visas and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) , immigration relief for victims for human trafficking, domestic violence and other serious crimes. This webinar is intended for community-based...

USCIS Grants Green Card 41-Years Later, Finally Recognizes 1975 Same-Sex Marriage

Sveta Apodaca, June 9, 2016 - "In a series of recent decisions, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have recognized as valid the April 21, 1975 marriage of two gay men, Richard Adams and Anthony Sullivan, leading to the agency’s...

USCIS Needs to Transform its Transformation Program: GAO Report

GAO, July 15, 2016 - "GAO is making 12 recommendations to improve Transformation Program management, including ensuring alignment among policy, guidance, and leading practices in areas such as Agile software development and systems integration and testing. DHS concurred with the recommendations...

Special Immigrant Juvenile Teleconference Recap

DHS, July 21, 2016 - "On June 16, 2016, the Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman hosted a public teleconference on issues related to the Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) program. Participants who joined the CIS Ombudsman: Impact of Visa Bulletin on SIJ Program ...

USCIS Policy Manual Update: Effective Date of Lawful Permanent Residence for Purposes of Citizenship and Naturalization

USCIS Policy Alert, July 27, 2016 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding the effective date of lawful permanent residence for purposes of citizenship and naturalization." See also: https://www.uscis.gov/policymanual...

News Excerpts From the Aug. 1, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Class Certification Granted in Suit Over Legal Representation for Minors | On June 24, 2016, a federal judge granted a request to certify a class of children in an ongoing suit against the Attorney General for failing to providing legal representation. The main class certified by the court consists...

USCIS MAVNI Update (Aug. 3, 2016)

USCIS, Aug. 3, 2016 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to provide information about the existing Department of Defense (DOD) Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) Program. This update incorporates currently...

News Excerpts From the Aug. 15, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

DHS Expands Eligibility for Provisional Waivers | On July 29, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a final rule expanding the class of noncitizens eligible to receive provisional unlawful presence waivers. Under the new regulation, all...