Immigration Blog

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New Russian Bribery Enforcement Statistics

Hannes Lubitzsch published an interesting post on Russian bribery enforcement statistics at the FCPA blog. In this post, I examine his analysis and discuss ways it can be relevant to certain types of immigration petitions and applications.

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DOJ Charges Judge and Court Officer With Assisting Alien In Evading ICE Arrest

On April 25, 2019, the United State Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts announced charges against a local judge and a court officer for helping an alien who was in the United States illegally escape the court building without being apprehended by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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Visa Bulletin for May 2019

On April 8, 2019, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Immigrant Visa Bulletin for May 2019. The Visa Bulletin for May 2019 contains filing dates and final action dates for filing for immigrant visas based on approved immigrant visa petitions in the employment-based and family-sponsored preference categories for that month. On April 15, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) determined that adjustment of status applicants with approved family-sponsored petitions must use the Visa Bulletin’s more favorable filing dates whereas those with approved employment-based petitions must use the final action dates for May 2019.

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Guyana Becomes Party to Hague Adoption Convention

The Department of State (DOS) noted that Guyana has deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Adoption Convention.

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USCIS Ending Forms Request Line Service on June 1

On June 1, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will end its Form Request Line service. The Form Request Line allowed individuals to order USCIS forms by phone.

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Acting DHS Secretary Designates New Senior Official at CBP

On April 15, 2019, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan designated John P. Saunders as the senior official performing the functions and duties of the Commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

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President Trump Directs DOS to Develop Policies to Combat Visa Overstays

On April 22, 2019, President Donald Trump issued a presidential memorandum titled “Presidential Memorandum on Combating High Nonimmigrant Overstay Rates.” President Trump issued the Memorandum to direct the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security, to develop policies to address countries with large numbers of nationals who overstay their visas.

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Kirstjen Nielsen out at DHS - Replaced by CBP Director Kevin McAleenan in Acting Capacity

On April 7, 2019, President Donald Trump announced that Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will soon be leaving her position. He added that he will appoint the Commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Kevin McAleenan, to serve as the acting Secretary of Homeland Security.

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Department of State Revokes Visa of ICC Chief Prosecutor

Several outlets have reported that the United States Department of State (DOS) revoked the visa of Fatou Bensouda, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC). She is a citizen and national of The Gambia.

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President Trump Withdraws Nomination of Ronald Vitiello for Director of ICE

On April 5, 2019, President Donald Trump announced that he had withdrawn the nomination of Ronald D. Vitiello for director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Vitiello is currently serving as Acting Director of ICE.

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