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Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein Writes Op-Ed On Idea For Immigration Appellate Court

On December 6, 2018, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein published an interesting op-ed in the Wall Street Journal titled “Impose Boundaries on Immigration Law. He suggests creating a single federal circuit court with appellate jurisdiction over appeals of BIA decisions.

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President Trump Nominates William Barr To Be Next Attorney General

On December 7, 2018, President Donald Trump announced that he will nominate William P. Barr to succeed Jeff Sessions as the Attorney General of the United States.

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December 2018 Visa Bulletin and Adjustment of Status Filing Charts

On November 8, 2018, the U.S. Department of State published the Visa Bulletin for December 2018. The Visa Bulletin for December 2018 – like all other visa bulletins – contains final action dates and dates for filing for the family-sponsored and employment-based preference categories for that month. Just five days after the publication of the December Visa Bulletin, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published good news for both family-sponsored and employment-based adjustment of status hopefuls, requiring both to use the filing dates for determining eligibility to apply for adjustment of status in December in lieu of the more restrictive final action dates. In this article, we will review the relevant charts, news, and notes from the December 2018 Visa Bulletin, with a focus on adjustment of status applicants.

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SCOTUS Oral Arguments in Nielsen v. Preap (236(c) Case)

On October 10, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in Nielsen v. Preap, Docket No. 16-1363. The issue in Preap is whether an alien becomes exempt from mandatory detention under section 236(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) if the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) does not take him into immigration custody immediately after his or her release from criminal custody. Preap arrived at the Supreme Court on the Government’s appeal from a decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which held that the section 236(c) mandatory detention provision applies only to aliens who are detained promptly after their release from custody. In this article, we will examine the background of Preap, the issues under consideration by the Supreme Court, and the oral arguments.

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USCIS to Begin Requiring Biometric Appointments for For Domestic N-565 and N-600 Applicants

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a news alert titled “USCIS Issuing Biometric Appointment Notices for Domestic N-565 and N-600 Applicants” on November 15, 2018. On November 1, 2018, the USCIS began requesting that domestic Form N-565, Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document applicants go to a USCIS Application Support Center appointment to submit biometric information. The news alert adds that the USCIS will request that applicants filing the Form N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship, also begin following the same procedure in early 2019.

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USCIS Makes it Easier to Find Data on Website

On November 16, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a news release on how it is simplifying users’ access to online data. We discuss the changes in this post.

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USCIS Expands Information Services Modernization Program

On October 30, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a news release announcing that it is expanding its Information Services Modernization Program after having begun a pilot of the program in March.

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Jeff Sessions Resigns as AG - Replaced by Matthew Whitaker in Acting Capacity

On November 7, 2018, now former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned at the request of President Donald Trump. Upon the resignation of Sessions, President Trump has appointed Matthew Whitaker as the acting Attorney General under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 3345(a)(3) – a provision of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act which allows the President to appoint certain employees of a federal agency to fill a vacancy in an acting capacity. In this article, we will discuss what the change means for immigration law going forward.

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USCIS Revises Policy Manual and AFM to Remove and Modify Outdated References to Form G-325

On October 25, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published Policy Alert (PA)-2010-10, titled “SUBJECT: Use of Form G-325A.” It updates the Policy Manual and the Adjudicator's Field Manual to account for changes in the use of the Form G-325.

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Supreme Court Shuffles Circuit Assignments With Swearing in of Justice Kavanaugh

On October 19, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States shuffled its circuit justice assignments with the swearing in of Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

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