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Minor Disruptions in CBP I94 Web Service in March and April

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The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has posted the following notice on its website:  “The I94 web service will be under maintenance during the times listed below. The ability to purchase a provisional I94, view a recent I94, or obtain recent travel history will be disrupted, and it is recommended you not use any of these functions during the times listed.” Please see our post to see the three times when the I94 web service will be disrupted.

C-Span Poll Shows Majority of Respondents Cannot Name a Single Supreme Court Justice

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From March 7-9, C-Span polled Americans on several issues regarding the Supreme Court. The results showed that a majority of survey respondents could not identify a single Supreme Court Justice or name Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, the nominee to fill a vacant seat on the bench. In this article, I examine the poll results and explain ways that readers can become better educated about the Supreme Court and other important issues.

April 2017 Visa Bulletin

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On March 9, 2017, the Department of State (DOS) issued the Visa Bulletin for April 2017. The April 2017 Visa Bulletin contains application final action dates and dates for filing visas in both the family-sponsored and employment-based immigrant visa preference categories. The dates will be effective throughout April of 2017. On March 16, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued information on when immigrant visa applicants seeking adjustment of status in the family-sponsored or employment-based preference categories may file for adjustment of status. The USCIS determined that family-sponsored adjustment of status applicants must use the dates for filing in April of 2017, whereas employment-based applicants must use the application final action dates.

Provisions for Immigration Policy Changes in President Trump's March 6 Travel Order

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On March 6, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order titled “Executive Order Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States” (“Travel Order”). This Executive Order revokes and replaces an Executive Order of the same name issued by President Trump on January 27, 2017. In this post, I will examine President Trump’s justification for the new Travel Order as stated in the text of the Order itself and, more generally, the provisions in the Travel Order for subsequent changes to the vetting of visa applicants and the immigration system. To this effect, and with an eye towards the implementation of the Travel Order going forward, I will also examine a March 6 Memorandum issued by President Trump to the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, and the Secretary of Homeland Security titled “Implementing Immediate Heightened Screening and Vetting of Applications for Visas and Other Immigration Benefits, Ensuring Enforcement of All Laws for Entry into the United States, and Increasing Transparency among Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government and for the American People.”

President Trump's Executive Order for Reorganizing the Executive Branch

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On March 13, 2017, President Donald Trump issued Executive Order 13781, titled “Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch.” Although this Executive Order does not deal with immigration policy specifically, its directives may affect executive branch agencies charged with administering the immigration laws. In this post, I will examine the Executive Order in brief and note how it may affect executive branch agencies involved in immigration policy and enforcement.

Senate Confirms Dan Coats as Fifth Director of National Intelligence

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On March 15, 2017, the United States confirmed Dan Coats as the new Director of National Intelligence by a vote of 85-12. The Director of National Intelligence is a cabinet-level official who directs and oversees the National Foreign Intelligence Program as the head of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).

USCIS to Begin Accepting CW1 Petitions Subject to the FY-2018 Cap on April 3, 2017

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On March 9, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it would begin accepting CW1 petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2018 cap on April 3, 2017. The CW1 category is for employers in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands who are seeking to employ foreign workers who would be otherwise ineligible to work under the other nonimmigrant work visa categories.

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