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USCIS Receives Sufficient Number of H1B Petitions to Reach FY 2020 Regular Cap

On April 5, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the 65,000 H1B visa regular cap for FY 2020. The USCIS will now move to determine whether it has also received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the 20,000 H1B visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, more commonly known as the “master’s cap.”

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Update on Premium Processing for FY 2020 Cap Subject H1B Petitions Requesting COS

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin premium processing for cap-subject H1B petitioners requesting a change of status on their Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker on May 20, 2019. The USCIS also announced that starting on May 20 and running through June 3, it will “not use pre-paid mailers to send out final notices for premium processing for FY 2020 cap-subject H1B petitions requesting change of status.”

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H1B Employer Data Hub Now Available

On April 1, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced the launch of its H1B Employer Data Hub.

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Sierra Leone Suspends Intercountry Adoption Cases Until April 30

On March 22, 2019, the Government of Sierra Leone notified the DOS that it had temporarily suspended all intercountry adoption cases until April 30, 2019.

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EOIR Seeks Comment on Changes to Rules and Procedures Regarding Representation in Immigration Proceedings

On March 27, 2019, the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) published advance notice of proposed rulemaking with request for comment in the Federal Register (FR) at 84 FR 11446 (Mar. 27, 2019). The EOIR is seeking public comment on or before April 26, 2019, on several proposals involving its rules and procedures governing representation and appearance in proceedings before EOIR immigration courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).

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SEVP Publishes Reminder About STEM OPT Reporting Requirements

On March 21, 2019, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) published a reminder about STEM OPT reporting requirements for F1 students on STEM OPT extensions.

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DAG Rosenstein Addresses New Immigration Judges

On March 15, 2019, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein delivered remarks at the investiture ceremony for 31 new immigration judges. The Deputy Attorney General’s (DAG) remarks focused on the enforcement of immigration laws and the asylum backlog.

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Supreme Court to Consider Whether States Can Prosecute Identity Theft With Information Included in Form I-9

On March 18, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States agreed to hear an interested immigration-related case in Kansas v. Garcia, Docket No. 17-834.

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President Trump Formally Recognizes that the Golan Heights is Part of Israel

On March 25, 2019, President Donald Trump signed an historic Presidential Proclamation making official the United States’ recognition of the Golan Heights as part of Israel. In this post, I examine the reasoning behind this welcome and historic decision.

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Designated Site for Libyan IV Processing Now U.S. Embassy in Tunis

On March 4, 2019, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced that the U.S. Embassy in Tunis is now the primary site for processing immigrant visas for Libyan nationals living in Libya. The designated site for Libyan nationals living in Libya was previously the U.S. Embassy in Casablanca, Morocco.

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