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Supreme Court Stays Universal Injunction Against Public Charge Rule

On January 27, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States stayed a universal injunction against the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) public charge rule that had been entered by the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York. The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit had denied the Government’s motion to stay. The Supreme Court’s stay will remain in effect pending the Government’s appeal of the Southern District decision on the merits of the public charge rule to the Second Circuit. The USCIS has stated it will begin applying the new rule.

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January 2020 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) published its monthly immigrant visa bulletin for January 2020 on December 9, 2019. The Visa Bulletin for January 2020 contains information on when beneficiaries of approved family-sponsored and employment-based immigrant visa preference petitions will be eligible for immigrant visas based on their priority dates. On December 20, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) determined that beneficiaries of approved immigrant visa petitions in both the family-sponsored and employment-based preferences must use the more favorable “dates for filing” charts from the Visa Bulletin for January 2020 to determine if they are eligible to apply for adjustment of status during the month (with limited exceptions).

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EOIR Opens Houston - S. Gessner Road Immigration Court

The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced that it will open a third immigration court in Houston, Texas, on January 6, 2019. The new immigration court will be the Houston – S. Gessner Road Immigration Court.

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EOIR Opens Los Angeles - Van Nuys Blvd. Immigration Court

The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) opened a new immigration court in Los Angeles on December 9, 2019. The new Los Angeles — Van Nuys Blvd. Immigration Court will cover Kern, San Luis Obsipo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties.

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EOIR Swears in 28 New Immigration Judges on Oct. 20, 2019

On December 20, 2019, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) invested 28 new immigration judges in a ceremony presided over by Acting Chief Immigration Judge Christopher A. Santoro. The 28 new immigration judges were selected by Attorney General William P. Barr. The EOIR noted that the immigration judge corps – now numbering over 465 – is at its largest size in history. In this article, we will briefly examine the biographies of the 28 new immigration judges, sorted by the courts on which they serve.

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Supreme Court DACA Oral Argument Recap

On November 12, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California, Docket No. 18-587. The case involves the validity of the DHS's decision to end the DACA program. In this article, we will examine the key points from the oral arguments in the DACA recession cases.

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Leadership Changes at DHS

On November 13, 2019, the U.S. Senate confirmed Chad Wolf as the new Under Secretary of Homeland Security Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans by a vote of 54-41. He also assumed the role of Acting Secretary of Homeland Security and appointed Ken Cuccinelli to the second position in the Department.

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USCIS Reaches H2B Cap For First Half of FY 2020

On November 20, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it reached the H2B cap for temporary nonagricultural workers for the first half of fiscal year 2020.

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USCIS Proposes Rule on EADs Related to Pending Asylum Applications

On November 13, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) proposed a new rule in the Federal Register titled “Asylum Application, Interview, and Employment Authorization for Applicants.”

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Polish Nationals Eligible for Visa Waiver Program

On November 11, 2019, nationals of Poland became eligible to participate in the Visa Waiver Program.

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