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NY To Allow Noncitizens Who Are In U.S. Illegally to Obtain Driver's Licenses

On June 17, 2019, the New York State Senate passed legislation allowing noncitizens who are in the United States without legal authorization to obtain New York State driver’s licenses.  The bill passed the New York State Senate by a vote of 33-29 and, having already passed the New York State Assembly, now heads to Governor Andrew Cuomo for his signature.  Governor Cuomo had initially stated that he would veto the bill without assurances from the New York Attorney General’s Office that the Federal government would not be able to subpoena or access information about license holders who are in the country illegally.  After receiving assurances from New York Attorney General Letitia James, Governor Cuomo stated that he would sign the bill into law.

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USCIS to Shift N-400 and I-485 Caseloads to Decrease Processing Time Discrepancies

On June 17, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is implementing a national strategy to decrease differences in processing times based on the location of processing for the Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, and the Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status.

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Guyana to Continue Processing Certain Adoptions Commenced Before June 1, 2019

On June 14, 2019, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced that the government of Guyana has confirmed that it will continue to process certain adoption cases under the non-Hague Convention process in effect prior to June 1, 2019.

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Joint Declaration Between United States and Mexico on Border Security

On June 7, 2019, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) released a joint declaration between the United States and Mexico on stemming the flow of migrants across the United States border from Mexico. The provisions of the declaration were agreed upon after negotiations between the United States and Mexican governments.

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New Zealand Nationals Now Eligible for E1 and E2 Visas

On June 10, 2019, citizens of New Zealand became eligible to seek E1 treaty trader visas and E2 treaty investor visas in the United States.

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DOS Determines It Cannot Process Hague Convention Adoptions From Guyana

On June 3, 2019, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) determined it will not be able to process intercountry adoptions from Guyana initiated on or after June 1, 2019.

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Ken Cuccinelli Appointed Acting Director of USCIS

On June 10, 2019, the acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Kevin McAleenan, announced that Ken Cuccinelli will serve as the new acting director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), effective immediately.

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USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for all FY 2020 Cap Subject H1B Petitions

On June 10, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began premium processing all remaining H1B petitions subject to the FY 2020 H1B cap.

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USCIS Receives Enough Petitions to Reach Additional Maximum 30,000 H2B Visas for Returning Workers Under FY 2019 Cap

On June 7, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has received enough H2B petitions to reach the additional maximum 30,000 H2B visas that were made available for returning workers under the H2B cap for FY 2019.

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18 New Immigration Judges Sworn in on May 10, 2019

On May 10, 2019, the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) held an investiture ceremony to swear in 18 new immigration judges.  One of the 18 new immigration judges will serve as an assistant chief immigration judge with supervisory responsibilities.  Each of the 18 new immigration judges was selected by Attorney General William Barr.  The 18 new immigration judges will serve on 9 immigration courts across the country.

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