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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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Obama Administration and Costa Rica Reach Agreement on Working to Manage Central American Refugee Crisis

The Obama Administration reached an agreement with Costa Rica where Costa Rica will host 200 persons from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala every six months in order for their eligibility for refugee status to be assessed. This is in response to the influx of people from these countries fleeing violence and seeking asylum in the USA.

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USCIS Announces Self-Service Feature for E-Verify Users to Unlock their Accounts

Beginning on August 21, 2016, USCIS announced that E-Verify users will be able to use a self-service feature to unlock their own user IDs. Users will be able to unlock their IDs by answering security questions used to create their accounts. Under new guidelines, USCIS is required to lock any account that has not been accessed within 270 days.

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Release of August 2016 Visa Bulletin

The DOS has released the August 2016 Visa Bulletin. The USCIS has determined that the Application Final Action Dates must be used instead of the Filing Dates. The Visa Bulletin shows when the beneficiary of an approved IV petition may file for AOS. The Final Action dates can be found on the USCIS website.

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USCIS to Begin Deactivating E-Verify Accounts that Have been Inactive for 270 Days

On August 1, 2016, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin deactivating E-Verify user IDs that have not been accessed for at least 270 days. E-Verify users should determine if E-Verify access is still required for all user IDs and ensure that they log in once every 270 days.

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News on the Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program

The USCIS is now accepting applications for benefits under the Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program. The FWVP will allow the beneficiaries of family-sponsored petitions by certain Filipinio WWII veterans to be paroled into the United States while waiting for an immigrant visa number to become available.

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The Interview Waiver Program and Drop Box Submissions

Depending on the nonimmigrant visa category and the country from which a nonimmigrant visa renewal is sought, certain applicants may be eligible to renew recently expired nonimmigrant visas without a visa interview. We will post a Russian-language article about Russia-specific interview waivers in the near future.

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