Immigration Blog

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USCIS Completes H2B Lottery Under One-Time Expansion of FY-2018 Cap

On May 31, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began receiving H2B petitions under the temporary final rule that increased the numerical H2B cap through the end of the current fiscal year (FY-2018) by only 15,000. On June 11, 2018, the USCIS announced that it had received H2B petitions for more than 15,000 beneficiaries within five days of allowing filing under the extension. Thus, the USCIS used a random lottery to select enough petitions to meet the H2B cap for FY-2018. The H2B lottery was completed on June 7, 2018. The USCIS began issuing notifications to petitioners that were selected in this H2B lottery on June 11, 2018.

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USCIS to Establish New Office to Investigate and Refer Denaturalization Cases

On June 11, 2018, the Director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), L. Francis Cissna, told the Associated Press in an interview that the USCIS is preparing to launch an office to pursue denaturalization cases. Director Cissna stated that the USCIS is hiring several dozen new lawyers and immigration officers to staff its new office. These lawyers and officers will review cases of individuals who were previously deported and subsequently used fake identities to procure Green Cards and, subsequently, naturalization.

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Temporary Delay in Receipt Notice Delivery for Form I-751 Petitions filed at California Service Center

On June 13, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) stated that its “California Service Center is experiencing a delay in initial data entry for Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence.” As a result of the delay, Form I-751 petitioners who filed their petitions with the California Service Center “may experience a delay in receiving a receipt notice for a Form I-751…” Petitioners will receive receipt notices once their Form I-751 data is entered into USCIS. The USCIS expects that petitioners will receive these receipt notices by early July.

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Three New Immigration Judges for Adelanto, Harlingen, and San Francisco Immigration Courts

On June 8, 2018, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced the swearing in of three new immigration judges on that same day. The three new immigration judges were appointed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In this post, we will list the new immigration judges, the immigration courts on which they now serve, and biographical information about each of the new judges with reference to the EOIR news release.

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AG Sessions on the Immigration Case Backlog

In this article, we will examine remarks delivered by Attorney General Sessions about the immigration case backlog, shortly before his important immigration precedent decision on asylum for victims of private criminal activity was published.

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ICE to Temporarily Transfer 1600 Immigration Detainees to Federal Prisons

On June 7, 2018, Reuters reported that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is planning to transfer 1,600 immigration detainees to federal prisons on a temporary basis.

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New Edition of Form I-907 Does Not Include Fax Number Field

The 4/11/18 edition of the Form I-907 does not include fax number fields for requestors and preparers of the Form I-907. The previous two editions do include fax number fields. In response to an inquiry from AILA, the USCIS Service Center Operations Directorate (SCOPS) acknowledged that the fax number fields had been removed in the newest edition of the Form I-907. SCOPS explained to AILA that in the event that a fax number is not provided on the Form I-907, “the Premium Processing Unit will look to the [Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative].” If no fax number is included on the Form G-28, the Premium Processing Unit will not fax.

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USCIS Planning Revisions to B Visa Program Rules

On May 30, 2018, the Director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Lee Francis Cissna, sent a letter about future rulemaking regarding the B visa program to Paul Mitchell, the U.S. Representative for Michigan’s 10th Congressional District. Congressman Mitchell had, on May 16, hosted a roundtable to discuss B1 visa abuse. Director Cissna informed Congressman Mitchell and several members of his Congressional subcommittee that the USCIS is focusing on many issues involving the B visa program. He referred to the Spring 2018 Unified Agenda for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which discussed “a proposed regulation pertaining to nonimmigrants admitted to the United States as temporary visitors for business (B1) or pleasure (B2).”

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SCOTUS Vacates D.C. Circuit Decision on Abortions for Minors in ORR Custody

On June 4, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a per curiam (unsigned) opinion in Azar v. Garza, 584 U.S. __ (2018). The Court had granted certiorari on the same day (i.e., agreed to hear the case), and then issued its decision without hearing oral arguments. In the decision, the Supreme Court vacated the decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, wherein it had ordered the Government to transport an unaccompanied alien minor in its custody to obtain an abortion. That decision was issued on October 24, 2017 by the full D.C. Circuit in Garza v. Hargan, 874 F.3d 735 (D.C. Cir. 2017) (en banc). The Supreme Court did not reach the merits of the issue. Instead, they vacated the lower court decision because the Government was not able to seek Supreme Court review before the underlying issue became moot. The effect of the vacature is that the D.C. Circuit decision will not constitute precedent going forward.

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USCIS Stops Issuing Paper Versions of Form G-845 Under SAVE Program

On June 1, 2018, benefit-granting agencies of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that use the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) Program ceased submitting paper versions of the Form G-845, Verification Request/ Prior to June 1, 2018, agencies using the SAVE Program “submitted paper forms to request immigration status verification and for additional verification requests.” The USCIS stated that its decision to abolish paper requests for verification under the SAVE Program will “drastically reduce[] processing time.”

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