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USCIS Policy Memo: Rescission of Guidance Regarding Deference to Prior Determinations of Eligibility in the Adjudication of Petitions for Extension of Nonimmigrant Status

USCIS, Oct. 3, 2017 - Rescission of Guidance Regarding Deference to Prior Determinations of Eligibility in the Adjudication of Petitions for Extension of Nonimmigrant Status "This policy memorandum (PM) supersedes and rescinds the April 23, 2004 memorandum titled“The Significance of a Prior...

DHS OIG: USCIS Needs a Better Approach To Verify H-1B Visa Participants

DHS OIG, Oct. 20, 2017 - "USCIS site visits provide minimal assurance that H-1B visa participants are compliant and not engaged in fraudulent activity. These visits assess whether petitioners and beneficiaries comply with applicable immigration laws and regulations. USCIS can approve more than 330...

The Empire Strikes Back: USCIS Rescinds Deference To Prior Approvals In Extension Requests - Cyrus D. Mehta

Cyrus D. Mehta, Oct. 30, 2017 - "The Trump administration is deriving great pleasure in causing pain to people who wish to lawfully come to the United States and remain here lawfully. It has caused H-1B carnage as more H-1B visa petitions are being denied than ever before on legally baseless grounds...

Is USCIS Building a 'Second Wall' to Block Naturalization Applicants?

National Partnership for New Americans, Oct. 27, 2017 -"On October 27, 2017, National Partnership for New Americans released our NPNA Report: Building a Second Wall, USCIS Backlogs Preventing Immigrants from Becoming Citizens detailing the sad and disgraceful state of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration...

USCIS Issues Revised TRIG Hold Guidance (Oct. 19, 2017)

USCIS, Oct. 19, 2017 - "Revised Guidance for Processing Cases Subject to Terrorism-Related Inadmissibility Grounds and Rescission of the Prior Hold Policy for Such Cases"

USCIS RAIO Directorate Training Module: Persecution

USCIS Refugee, Asylum and International Operations Officer Training Module: Definition of Persecution and Eligibility Based on Past Persecution Obtained through FOIA by David Cleveland .

AIC Sues in Business Immigration Case: Bird Technologies Group, Inc. v. USCIS

AIC, Nov. 7, 2017 - "The United States is home to an increasing number of multinational companies that sell their products and services in the global marketplace. Under our immigration laws, employment-based visas are available to certain managers or executives of these multinational companies who...

USCIS Guidance on DACA Renewal Requests Affected by Mail Service Issues

USCIS, Nov. 15, 2017 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has received reports that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has identified USPS mail service delays that affected a number of DACA renewal requests. Because the DACA policy has been rescinded and individuals can no longer request...

Matter of V-S-G- Inc., Adopted Decision 2017-06 (AAO Nov. 11, 2017)

Here is a link to Matter of V-S-G-, Inc. , and here is a link to the USCIS Policy Memo . Nutshell: "Matter of V-S-G- Inc. clarifies that beneficiaries of valid employment-based immigrant visa petitions who are eligible to change jobs or employers (“port”) and who have properly requested...

Trump Administration Tightens Scrutiny of Skilled Worker Visa Applicants

Laura Meckler, Wall Street Journal, Nov. 19, 2017 - "The Trump administration is adding hurdles and increasing scrutiny in the employment-visa application process, making it harder for businesses to hire foreign workers, and companies and immigration attorneys are bracing for more changes soon....

CISOMB 7th Annual Conference, Dec. 7, 2017

OFFICE OF THE CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES OMBUDSMAN SEVENTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE Government and Stakeholders Working Together to Improve Immigration Services December 7, 2017 National Archives, Washington, D.C. Link to agenda here .

Stats, Docs from Nov. 3, 2017 Asylum Division Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting

Statistical Documents Affirmative Asylum Statistics July 2017 (PDF, 156 KB) Affirmative Asylum Statistics August 2017 (PDF, 156 KB) Affirmative Asylum Statistics September 2017 (PDF, 156 KB) Credible Fear and Reasonable Fear Statistics and Nationality Report (PDF, 397 KB) NACARA Cumulative Report...

USCIS Posts Rejected DACA Renewal FAQ

USCIS, Nov. 30, 2017 - "Frequently Asked Questions: Rejected DACA Requests Specific guidance will be provided soon about the steps that a DACA recipient must take to resubmit his or her renewal request to USCIS if the filing was rejected due to U.S. Postal Service mail-service delays. Q1...

USCIS Updates Rejected DACA FAQ (Dec. 7, 2017)

USCIS, Dec. 7, 2017 - "Q1: Are any new DACA requests being accepted? A1: No. The DACA policy for accepting new, initial DACA requests ended on Sept. 5, 2017. Q2: Can I still submit a DACA renewal request? A2: No. The due date for DACA renewal requests was Sept. 5, 2017 for recipients whose...

Vox Exclusive: The Postal Service Kept Him From Renewing His DACA, Then ICE Arrested Him

Dara Lind, Vox, Dec. 13, 2017 - "A former DACA recipient who was waiting to reapply for deportation protections, after his initial application was rejected due to postal service delays, is currently in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Pennsylvania, Vox has exclusively learned...

USCIS to Begin Accepting Applications under the International Entrepreneur Rule

USCIS, Dec. 14, 2017 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today it is taking steps to implement the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER), in accordance with a recent court decision. Although the IER was published during the previous administration with an effective...

Preliminary Injunction Granted Ordering USCIS to Grant RFRA Exemption

Olsi Vrapi writes: " Petitioner has a sincerely held belief in not compensating their ministers. USCIS approved two petitions and denied a third by same petitioner for same beneficiary. We sued them and moved for preliminary injunction. Judge granted it and ordered USCIS to reconsider the I-129...

USCIS Policy Memo on TN Economists (Nov. 20, 2017)

USCIS, Nov. 20, 2017 - "This policy memorandum (PM) clarifies that for an applicant to qualify for TN status based on work in the profession of economist, the applicant must engage in activities consistent with the profession of economist. Activities that constitute a broad range of other professions...

USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for First Half of FY 2018

USCIS, Dec. 21, 2017 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has reached the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for the first half of fiscal year 2018. Dec. 15, 2017, was the final receipt date for new H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start date before April 1, 2018. USCIS will...

Updated USCIS interpretation of Cuban citizenship law for purposes of the Cuban Adjustment Act

USCIS, Nov. 21, 2017 (web posted by agency 12-21-17) - "This Policy Memorandum rescinds Matter of Vazquez as an Adopted Decision in accordance with the reasoning contained in this memorandum. Matter of Buschini remains overruled and inoperative, as this memorandum supercedes all prior guidance regarding...

Updated USCIS Procedures for Cuba (Dec. 22, 2017)

USCIS, Dec. 22, 2017 - "Due to staff reductions at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba, USCIS will temporarily suspend operations at its field office in Havana, effective immediately. During this time, the USCIS field office in Mexico City, Mexico, will assume Havana’s jurisdiction, which includes...

Expert: USCIS, Under Trump, Makes H-1B Visas Harder to Get

Shilpa Phadnisi, Times of India, Dec. 25, 2017 - "In further bad news for Indian professionals looking to work in the US, the Department of Homeland Security is readying a proposal that will make getting an H-1B tougher. It is looking to impose stringent restrictions on the H-B petitioners'...

USCIS Updates Rejected DACA FAQ (Dec. 27, 2017)

USCIS, Dec. 27, 2017 - " Based on information provided by USPS regarding the mailing of DACA requests, USCIS is sending letters to affected DACA requestors inviting them to resubmit their DACA request within 33 calendar days. For any such affected DACA requestor who proactively resubmitted his/her...

USCIS Proposal Would Make It Harder For Congressional Staffers To Assist Immigrants

Betsy Woodruff, Daily Beast, Dec. 27, 2017 - "The Trump administration is poised to make it harder for members of Congress to help immigrants deal with the government, according to an agency official email sent to Hill staffers and reviewed by The Daily Beast. The email, sent Dec. 18 from a top...

DACA Back On...For Now

USCIS, Jan. 13, 2018 - "Due to a federal court order, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA. Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept...