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The DHS Redesignates Syria for TPS

The DHS redesignated Syria for TPS and extended Syria’s TPS designation from October 1, 2016, through March 31, 2018. Current Syrian TPS beneficiaries must re-register between August 1, 2016, and September 30, 2016. First time registrants must apply between August 1, 2016, and January 30, 2017.

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USCIS Releases New Edition of Form I-192

On July 29, 2016, the USCIS announced that it is releasing a new edition of the Form I-192, Application for Advance Permission to Enter as a Nonimmigrant. The new edition is dated June 10, 2016. Starting on August 29, 2016, USCIS will only accept the new edition. Until then, USCIS will also accept the April 15, 2013 edition.

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Provisional (Stateside) Unlawful Presence Waiver

March 4, 2013, certain immigrant visa applicants who are the immediate relatives (spouses, children, or parents) of United States citizens are eligible to file a Form I-601A, Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver, before departing the United States for their immigrant visa interviews, provided that the only ground that they would be ineligible for an immigrant visa is unlawful presence.

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EOIR Announces Investiture of Five New Immigration Judges

On July 29, 2016, the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) announced the investiture of five new immigration judges. The new judges are as follows: Elisa Castrolugo (Houston); Samuel B. Cole (Chicago); Kathryn L. DeAngelis (Chicago); Lisa Ann J. de Cardona (Philadelphia); Eva S. Saltzman (Newark).

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USCIS Releases New Edition of Form I-129S

On June 29, 2016, the USCIS announced a new version of the Form I-129S, Nonimmigrant Petition Based on Blanket L Petition. The new edition is dated June 2, 2016. Starting on August 29, 2016, USCIS will only accept the edition dated June 2, 2016. Until August 29, 2016, USCIS will still accept the June 12, 2013 edition.

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Students on 17-Month STEM OPT Extensions Have Until August 8 to Apply for One-Time 7-Month Extension

The new STEM OPT extension rules allow for qualified students to procure 24-month STEM OPT extensions instead of 17 months under the old rules. Students currently on a 17-month STEM OPT extension have until August 8, 2016, to apply for a one-time 7-month STEM OPT extension. Interested students should consult with their DSO.

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BIA Issues Precedent Decision Regarding Mental Competency Safeguards in Immigration Proceedings

In the Matter of M-J-K-, 26 I&N Dec. 773 (BIA 2016), the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) held that an immigration judge has the discretion to select and implement appropriate safeguards in immigration proceedings when there are issues involving the mental competency of the alien. The BIA may review this de novo.

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USCIS Releases New Edition of the Form N-600K

On July 28, 2016, the USCIS released a new edition of the Form N-600K, Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322. The new edition of the Form N-600K is dated July 7, 2016. USCIS will continue to accept the edition of the Form N-600K dated May 3, 2013.

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Several E-Verify Resources Now Available in Nepali

On July 1, 2016, the USCIS announced that several E-Verify resources are now available in Nepali. These include the SSA/DHS Further Action Notices, SSA/DHS Referral Date Confirmation Notices, and the Form I-9 Employee Information Sheet. Nepali workers who are most comfortable with Nepali may benefit from this addition to E-Verify.

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Advance Notice of New Rules on Provisional Stateside Unlawful Presence Waivers

The DHS provided advance notice of its new rule expanding provisional stateside unlawful presence waivers. Previously, only the beneficiaries of approved immediate relative petitions could be eligible for a provisional unlawful presence waiver. In the new rule, slated for publication on July 29, 2016, all persons who are statutorily eligible for an unlawful presence waiver may seek a provisional unlawful presence waiver, provided they meet the conditions in the new rules.

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