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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...

Advance Copy of USCIS Proposed Rule: Parole for Entrepreneurs (Pub. Date Aug. 31, 2016)

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 08/31/2016 - "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposes to amend its regulations implementing the Secretary of Homeland Security’s discretionary parole authority to increase and enhance entrepreneurship, innovation...

FOIA-ing the FOIA Manual! The Inside Scoop on USCIS and DHS Data Entry and Databases

Prof. Jacqueline Stevens, Aug. 30, 2016 - " A couple months ago, fed up with the randomness of Freedom of Information Act rote rejection letters from certain agencies - the State Department is the worst and USCIS had just lost a remand responsive to my appeal -- I got off the phone with the USCIS...

USCIS Posts VAWA Amendments to CAA Memo (July 29, 2016)

USCIS, July 29, 2016 - "This policy memorandum (PM) provides guidance to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers regarding the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) amendments to the Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA). The amendments provide for continued eligibility for adjustment of status...

USCIS Stakeholder Teleconference: Expanded Eligibility for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver Process, Sept. 20, 2016

"Dear Stakeholder, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a stakeholder teleconference on Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss the final rule expanding eligibility for the provisional unlawful presence waiver process. The...

Conrad 30 Waiver Program Teleconference, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016

USCIS - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), in coordination with the Department of State’s Waiver Review Division, invites you to participate in a teleconference on Thursday, September 8, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern) regarding the Conrad 30 Waiver Program . This program allows...

Sen. Boxer Calls on USCIS, DOL to Investigate Trump Model Management re Visas

Sen. Barbara Boxer, Sept. 7, 2016 - "U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today sent a letter to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Director León Rodriguez in response to a recent Mother Jones article alleging widespread noncompliance with immigration and labor laws by Trump Model Management...

USCIS Accepts Ombudsman's Recommendation to Adopt Parole Policy for U Visa Petitioners and Family Members

CISOMB, Sept. 7, 2016 - "USCIS has agreed [by letter dated Aug. 16, 2016] with the Ombudsman’s [June 16, 2016] recommendation to implement a parole policy for U visa petitioners and qualifying family members who live abroad. The U visa – available to individuals who have suffered substantial...

Current Form I-9 valid until Jan. 21, 2017 - USCIS

USCIS, Sept. 12, 2016 - "On Aug. 25, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved a revised Form I-9 , Employment Eligibility Verification. USCIS must publish a revised form by Nov. 22, 2016. Employers may continue using the current version of Form I-9 with a revision date of 03/08/2013 N...

H-2B Employers Should Continue to Identify “Returning Workers” in Petitions for FY 2017 - USCIS

USCIS, Sept. 13, 2017 - "USCIS urges prospective H-2B employers seeking to hire potential “returning workers” with employment start dates in fiscal year (FY) 2017 to continue to identify these workers and provide the H-2B Returning Worker Certification. The H-2B returning worker...

GAO on EB-5: Progress Made to Detect and Prevent Fraud, but Additional Actions Could Further Agency Efforts

GAO, Sept. 13, 2016 - "GAO recommends that USCIS develop a fraud risk profile that aligns with leading practices identified in GAO's Fraud Risk Framework. The Department of Homeland Security concurred with GAO's recommendation."

Which Chart to Use? USCIS Tells Us...

USCIS, Sept. 21, 2016 - "On Sept. 8, the Department of State published its Visa Bulletin for October 2016. The Visa Bulletin is a monthly report on visa availability. USCIS has determined that for the month of October 2016, applicants for all family-sponsored and employment-based preferences may...