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Affirmative Asylum Applicants Can Now Check Case Status Online

On January 28, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that affirmative asylum applicants with pending applications can now check the status of their applications at uscis.gov/casestatus.

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USCIS Resumes Premium Processing of FY-2019 Cap-Subject H1B Petitions

On January 25, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is resuming premium processing for all H1B nonimmigrant visa petitions subject to the fiscal year 2019 cap. The news alert states that petitioners who have received requests for evidence (RFEs) in relation to pending fiscal year 2019 H1B petitions may submit a request for premium processing along with their RFE response.

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USCIS Creates Online Fee Calculator For Lockbox Forms

On January 8, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) unveiled its new Online Fee Calculator. The USCIS explained that the Online Fee Calculator is designed to “assist members of the public in calculating the correct fee amount to include when filing their forms with USCIS at an agency lockbox facility.”

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USCIS Permanently Closes Havana Field Office

On December 10, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had permanently closed the USCIS Field Office in Havana, Cuba, on that same day. In the aftermath of the closure of the USCIS Havana Field Office, the USCIS Field Office in Mexico City “will assume the Havana Field Office’s jurisdiction over U.S. immigration matters for individuals who are in Cuba.”

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Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein Writes Op-Ed On Idea For Immigration Appellate Court

On December 6, 2018, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein published an interesting op-ed in the Wall Street Journal titled “Impose Boundaries on Immigration Law. He suggests creating a single federal circuit court with appellate jurisdiction over appeals of BIA decisions.

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President Trump Nominates William Barr To Be Next Attorney General

On December 7, 2018, President Donald Trump announced that he will nominate William P. Barr to succeed Jeff Sessions as the Attorney General of the United States.

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December 2018 Visa Bulletin and Adjustment of Status Filing Charts

On November 8, 2018, the U.S. Department of State published the Visa Bulletin for December 2018. The Visa Bulletin for December 2018 – like all other visa bulletins – contains final action dates and dates for filing for the family-sponsored and employment-based preference categories for that month. Just five days after the publication of the December Visa Bulletin, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published good news for both family-sponsored and employment-based adjustment of status hopefuls, requiring both to use the filing dates for determining eligibility to apply for adjustment of status in December in lieu of the more restrictive final action dates. In this article, we will review the relevant charts, news, and notes from the December 2018 Visa Bulletin, with a focus on adjustment of status applicants.

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SCOTUS Oral Arguments in Nielsen v. Preap (236(c) Case)

On October 10, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in Nielsen v. Preap, Docket No. 16-1363. The issue in Preap is whether an alien becomes exempt from mandatory detention under section 236(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) if the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) does not take him into immigration custody immediately after his or her release from criminal custody. Preap arrived at the Supreme Court on the Government’s appeal from a decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which held that the section 236(c) mandatory detention provision applies only to aliens who are detained promptly after their release from custody. In this article, we will examine the background of Preap, the issues under consideration by the Supreme Court, and the oral arguments.

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USCIS to Begin Requiring Biometric Appointments For Domestic N-565 and N-600 Applicants

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a news alert titled “USCIS Issuing Biometric Appointment Notices for Domestic N-565 and N-600 Applicants” on November 15, 2018. On November 1, 2018, the USCIS began requesting that domestic Form N-565, Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document applicants go to a USCIS Application Support Center appointment to submit biometric information. The news alert adds that the USCIS will request that applicants filing the Form N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship, also begin following the same procedure in early 2019.

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USCIS Makes it Easier to Find Data on Website

On November 16, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a news release on how it is simplifying users’ access to online data. We discuss the changes in this post.

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