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New USCIS Policy on L1A Petition Adjudications

The USCIS adopted the AAO decision in the Matter of Z-A-, Inc., Adopted Decision 2016-02 (AAO Apr. 14, 2016) as agency policy. The decision requires the USCIS to consider all relevant evidence when determining whether an L1A beneficiary will be managing an essential function, as opposed to performing an essential function, of the petitioner.

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September 2016 Visa Bulletin

On August 8, 2016, the Department o State (DOS) released the Visa Bulletin or September 2016. Each month, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) determines whether adjustment of status applicants must use the application final action dates or the filing dates from the Visa Bulletin. In this article, we will review the application final action dates for adjustment of status applicants in September 2016.

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Election Issues and Immigration #3: The Immigration Record of Tim Kaine

In this post, I will examine the immigration record of the Democratic Vice Presidential nominee, Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, and the possible effect that his presence on the ticket may have on Hillary Clinton's immigration proposals.

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Specialty Care Physicians Eligible for Physician National Interest Waivers

In the Matter of H-V-P-, Adopted Decision 2016-01 (AAO Feb. 9, 2016), the USCIS established as binding policy guidance on all USCIS employees that specialty care physicians are eligible for physician national interest waivers for service in an area designated by the Secretary of HHS as a HPSA and as a MUA/P.

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New Final Rule on Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers

In this post, I will discuss the new final rule revising the regulations for provisional unlawful presence waivers. This post will examine the changes from the proposed rule and the changes from the previous regulatory scheme for provisional unlawful presence waivers. It also includes links to our full articles on the rules for provisional unlawful presence waivers.

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National Benefits Center Forms Processing Times as of June 30, 2016

The USCIS National Benefits Center (NBC) released its most recent immigration forms processing time information. This post contains the average processing times as of June 30, 2016.

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Immigrant Investor Program Office Processing Time Reports (as of June 30, 2016)

The USCIS’s Immigrant Investor Program Office released its new processing time report. The report shows the average processing time of three EB5 forms as of June 30, 2016.

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Estimated AAO Case Processing Times as of July 1, 2016

On July 14, 2016, the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) released its updated case processing times report. The processing times are as of July 1, 2016. In this post, I will examine the newest AAO estimated case processing times chart.

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DHS OIG Completes Three Rounds of Unannounced Inspections of CBP/ICE Detention Facilities

On July 28, 2016, the DHS Office of Inspector General announced that it completed three rounds of its program of unannounced inspections of CBP and ICE detention facilities. The OIG will eventually incorporate the results of its inspections into a public report that it will issue in the fall of 2016.

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USCIS Determines Final Action Dates from Visa Bulletin Must be Used for AOS Applications in September 2016

For adjustment of status applications filed in September of 2016, USCIS determined that the application final action dates from the DOS Visa Bulletin must be used for all applications. An alien with an approved immigrant visa petition may file for adjustment of status if his or her filing date is before the final action cutoff date for September 2016.

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