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U.S. Embassy in Mumbai to No Longer Process IR5, IR1, IR2, CR1, and CR2 Cases

Beginning on April 1, 2018, the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi will no longer process IR5, IR1, IR2, CR1, and CR2 cases. Interviews in these cases will now be scheduled at the U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai.

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USCIS Launches Pilot Redesigned Processing Times Webpage

On March 22, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had “launched a pilot to test a redesigned processing times webpage.” In this post, we will examine the pilot and how the USCIS plans to proceed going forward.

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USCIS to Begin Accepting CW1 Petitions on April 2, 2018

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a reminder that it will begin accepting petitions under the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)-Only Transitional Worker (CW1) program subject to the fiscal year 2019 CW1 cap on April 2, 2018.

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Kevin McAleenan Confirmed as Commissioner of CBP

On March 19, 2019, the United States Senate confirmed Kevin McAleenan as the new Commissioner of the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) by a vote of 77-19. McAleenan had been serving as Acting Commissioner of the CBP since President Donald Trump took office on January 20, 2017. President Trump nominated McAleenan to become the permanent Commissioner of the CBP on March 30, 2017.

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E-Verify to Transfer Case Data to New Interface in March 2018

On March 18, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that later in March 2018 E-Verify will transfer all of its case data to a new interface. Accordingly, prior to the transfer “all open cases much reach a final case result and be closed.” In this post, we discuss what the move means and include resources with relevant E-Verify guidance.

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Applying to Use E-Verify Trademark

On February 1, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reminded employers enrolled in E-Verify that they may apply to post the trademarked E-Verify logo on their website and printed materials.

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New USCIS Website Homepage

On March 15, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updated the design of its website homepage. The USCIS made the changes to the USCIS website homepage based on user-feedback, search queries, and by talking to applicants in person and at two USCIS field offices.

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U.S. Embassy in Havana to Operate with Reduced Staffing on Permanent Basis

Beginning on September 29, 2017, the U.S. Embassy in Havana began operating under ordered departure status. Under this policy, non-essential staff at the U.S. Embassy in Havana was removed, leaving only critical personnel necessary to continue the essential functions of the Embassy. On March 4, 2018, the U.S. Embassy in Havana reached the maximum allowable days in ordered departure status, thus requiring the DOS to make a decision on how to proceed. Going forward, the U.S. Embassy in Havana will “continue to operate with the minimum personnel necessary to perform core diplomatic and consular functions, similar to the level of emergency staffing maintained during ordered departure.”

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USCIS Discusses Florida Marriage Fraud Ring Investigation

On February 22, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a press release titled “USCIS Efforts Lead to Sentencing in Florida Marriage Fraud Ring.”. The post details how the USCIS assisted in an investigation into a marriage fraud ring operating out of Brevard County, Florida, that led to three convictions in Federal court. In this post, we will examine the details of the investigation and criminal proceedings.

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President Trump Fires Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State and Will Nominate Mike Pompeo as Replacement

On March 13, 2018, President Donald Trump removed Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. In an announcement on Twitter, President Trump stated that he will nominate Mike Pompeo, who has been serving as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), as the 70th U.S. Secretary of State. In explaining his decision, President Trump stated that he and former Secretary Tillerson “disagreed on things, like the Iran deal.”

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