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EOIR Swears in 31 New IJs, Including 4 ACIJs, on March 18, 2019

On March 18, 2019, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) held an investiture ceremony to swear in 31 new immigration judges. Four of the 31 new immigration judges are assistant chief immigration judges who will oversee six immigration courts. The other 27 immigration judges will serve across the country on 19 immigration courts.

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16 New Immigration Judges Sworn in On November 16, 2018

On November 16, 2018, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) swore in sixteen new Immigration Judges in an investiture ceremony to sit at nine immigration courts and immigration adjudication centers. The sixteen new immigration judges were appointed by former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions before he left his position. In this post, we will list the new immigration judges and the immigration courts on which they are now serving. To read our other posts on immigration judge investiture ceremonies, please see our article index.

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June 2019 Visa Bulletin

On May 9, 2019, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the Visa Bulletin for June 2019. On May 16, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) determined that adjustment of status applicants in the family-sponsored preferences must use the dates for filing in June 2019 while employment-based adjustment applicants must use the final action dates.

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Texas Service Center Begins Processing Certain H1B Cap-Exempt Petitions

On May 20, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the Texas Service Center will begin processing certain Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker for certain H1B cap-exempt petitions.

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USCIS Completes Data Entry for FY 2020 Cap-Subject H1B Petitions Selected in Lottery

On May 17, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had completed data entry for all FY-2020 H1B cap-subject petitions selected in the H1B lottery.

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IJ Susan Beschta Dies At 67

In tragic news, Immigration Judge Susan Beschta died of brain cancer at age 67. I share my thoughts on her life and work.

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DHS OIG Issues Fraud Alert

On May 20, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released an important fraud alert warning individuals about a virulent scam.

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Online Filing Available For Certain Form I-539 Extension Applications

Beginning on May 22, 2019, the certain nonimmigrants may file the Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, online. The change covers certain B1, B2, F1, F2, M1, and M2 extension applications.

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USCIS Accelerates Transition to eProcessing

On May 22, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) “announced a new strategy known as eProcessing to accelerate USCIS’s transition to a digital business model.”

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Some Cap-Subject H1B Petitions to be Transferred Between Service Centers

The USCIS stated that it may transfer some Form I-129 H1B FY-2020 cap-subject petitions between the Vermont Service Center and the California Service Center for workload management purposes.