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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...

USCIS to Resume H-1B Premium Processing for Certain Cap-Exempt Petitions

USCIS, July 24, 2017 - " U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will resume premium processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions effective immediately. The H-1B visa has an annual cap of 65,000 visas each fiscal year. Additionally, there is an annual “master’s cap”...

USCIS Naturalization Policy Update: Biometrics for All

USCIS, July 26, 2017 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to specify that every naturalization applicant must provide biometrics regardless of age, unless the applicant qualifies for a fingerprint waiver due to certain medical...

George Harrison's Immigration File Online

USCIS has posted George Harrison's 90-page A-file online in the Reading Room.

Angelo A. Paparelli on Entrepreneurs, Parole, Babies and Bathwater

Angelo A. Paparelli, Aug. 14, 2017 - "The pattern by now is all too familiar. With the Trump Administration fully ensconced, the rollback of President Obama’s eight-year legacy continues. This time it involves the International Entrepreneur Regulation — an imperfect and burdensome rule...

Stats, Docs from Aug. 11, 2017 USCIS Asylum Division Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting

USCIS, July 13, 2017 - Statistical Documents Affirmative Asylum Statistics April 2017 (PDF, 189 KB) Affirmative Asylum Statistics May 2017 (PDF, 189 KB) Affirmative Asylum Statistics June 2017 (PDF, 189 KB) Credible Fear and Reasonable Fear Statistics and Nationality Report (PDF, 480 KB) NACARA...

USCIS Issues New Waiver Policies and Procedures (Aug. 23, 2017 Policy Alert)

USCIS Policy Alert, Aug. 23, 2017 - "Policy Alert SUBJECT: Waiver Policies and Procedures Purpose U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to address the general policies and procedures applicable to the adjudication of waivers...

USCIS Policy Memo on ACWIA Fee (Aug. 9, 2017; released Aug. 28, 2017)

USCIS, Aug. 9, 2017 - "When determining the appropriate amount of the ACWIA fee, officers should count FTE employees of the petitioning employer and the petitioning employer’s affiliates and subsidiaries, as those terms are defined at 8 CFR 214.2(l)(1)(ii)(L)(1)-(2) and 8 CFR 214.2(l)(1)(ii...

Angelo A. Paparelli - USCIS Policy Reversal Creates De Facto Travel Ban

Angelo A. Paparelli, Aug. 28, 2017 - "Deciphering the workings of the bureaucratic mind is never easy. What seems settled practice is often anything but. Abrupt abandonment of longstanding policy can happen in a nanosecond — many times with nary a word of forewarning or explanation. Usually...

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Some H-1Bs (Sept. 18, 2017)

USCIS, Sept. 18, 2017 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing today for all H-1B visa petitions subject to the Fiscal Year year (FY) 2018 cap. The FY 2018 cap has been set at 65,000 visas. Premium processing has also resumed for the annual 20,000 additional...

TPS for South Sudan Extended for 18 Months - USCIS

USCIS, Sept. 18, 2017 - "Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of South Sudan (and eligible individuals without nationality who last habitually resided in South Sudan) through May 2, 2019. After consulting with the...

TPS for Sudan to Terminate in November 2018

USCIS, Sept. 18, 2018 - "Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke has determined that conditions in Sudan no longer support its designation for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) after reviewing country conditions, and after Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials’ consultations...

Cyrus Mehta: Dealing With the Dreaded RFE – Reflections of an Immigration Lawyer

Cyrus Mehta, Sept. 25, 2017 - " ... An article in Reuters by Yeganeh Torbati entitled “ Trump administration red tape tangles up visas for skilled foreigners, data shows ,” where I have been quoted, brilliantly shines the torch on the dreaded RFE and how it is used to distort a visa...

H-1B Remand Victory: Next Generation Technology v. Johnson

Next Generation Technology v. Johnson, Sept. 29, 2017 - "In this action, which is before this Court on consent pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 636(c), plaintiffs Next Generation Technology, Inc. (“NGT”) and Puspita Deo (“Deo”) (collectively, “Plaintiffs”) challenge, under...

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1Bs (Oct. 3, 2017)

USCIS, Oct. 3, 2017 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing today for all H-1B visa extension of stay petitions. Premium processing is now available for all types of H-1B petitions."

How Do USCIS Asylum Officers Assess Credibility?

Thanks to a FOIA request by David Cleveland , Senior Volunteer Attorney at Catholic Charities DC, you can read the 2016 credibility training module for USCIS Asylum Officers. Thank you, David!