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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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USCIS Expands Information Services Modernization Program

On October 30, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a news release announcing that it is expanding its Information Services Modernization Program after having begun a pilot of the program in March.

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Jeff Sessions Resigns as AG - Replaced by Matthew Whitaker in Acting Capacity

On November 7, 2018, now former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned at the request of President Donald Trump. Upon the resignation of Sessions, President Trump has appointed Matthew Whitaker as the acting Attorney General under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 3345(a)(3) – a provision of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act which allows the President to appoint certain employees of a federal agency to fill a vacancy in an acting capacity. In this article, we will discuss what the change means for immigration law going forward.

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USCIS Revises Policy Manual and AFM to Remove and Modify Outdated References to Form G-325

On October 25, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published Policy Alert (PA)-2010-10, titled “SUBJECT: Use of Form G-325A.” It updates the Policy Manual and the Adjudicator's Field Manual to account for changes in the use of the Form G-325.

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Supreme Court Shuffles Circuit Assignments With Swearing in of Justice Kavanaugh

On October 19, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States shuffled its circuit justice assignments with the swearing in of Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

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President Trump Signs New Hezbollah Sanctions

On October 25, 2018, President Donald Trump marked the 35th anniversary of Hezbollah’s bombing the U.S. Marines barracks in Beiruit – killing 241 U.S. Marines – by signing into law stringent new sanctions against the Iran-backed Islamist terror group. The Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act of 2018 was sponsored by Senator Marco Rubio and was passed overwhelmingly by both houses of Congress.

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November 2018 Visa Bulletin and Adjustment of Status Filing Charts

On October 5, 2018, the U.S. Department of State published the Visa Bulletin for November 2018. The Visa Bulletin for November 2018 contains final action dates and dates for filing for the family-sponsored and employment-based preference categories. On October 12, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) determined that beneficiaries of approved immigrant visa petitions in the family- and employment-based preferences who are applying for adjustment of status must use the more favorable filing dates for determining eligibility to file for adjustment in November. In this article, we will review the relevant charts and news from the Visa Bulletin for November 2018.

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USCIS Assists in Successful Prosecution for Fraudulently Practicing Immigration Law

On October 19, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a news alert about its efforts in assisting with the investigation and successful prosecution of an individual for fraudulently practicing immigration law.

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