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USCIS Reaches H2B Cap for Second Half of FY-2019

On February 22, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it received enough H2B petitions to meet the H2B cap for the second half of fiscal year 2019. February 19, 2019, was the final receipt date for H2B petitions requesting an employment start date before October 1, 2019. Accordingly, the USCIS will reject any new cap-subject H2B petitions requesting an employment start date before October 1, 2019.

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DOS Prepares to Merge Consulate-General in Jerusalem With Embassy

On January 8, 2019, President Donald Trump issued a memorandum for the Secretary of State authorizing him to close the United States Consulate General in Jerusalem and merge its functions into the United States Embassy for Israel. The President’s memorandum was published at 84 FR 3961 (Feb. 13, 2019).

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William P. Barr Sworn in as U.S. Attorney General

On February 14, 2019, the United States Senate confirmed William P. Barr as the 85th Attorney General of the United States by a vote of 54-45. Attorney General Barr was sworn in on the same day. He previously led the Department of Justice as the 77th Attorney General during the administration of former President George H.W. Bush from November 26, 1991, to January 20, 1993.

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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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