Immigration Blog

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Affirmative Asylum Delays at the Newark Asylum Office and Boston Sub Office

On August 16, 2019, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) forwarded an email alert from the Newark Asylum Office to immigration attorneys across the country. The email states that the Newark Asylum Office and the Sub Office in Boston will divert a significant number staff to help adjudicate cases on the Southwest Border, effective August 19, 2019. The Newark Asylum Office explains that this diversion of staff will have an effect on its ability to process affirmative asylum cases under its jurisdiction.

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USCIS Returns All Unselected FY 2020 H1B Cap-Subject Petitions

On August 15, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had returned all unselected FY 2020 H1B cap-subject petitions.

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Kazakhstan Maintains Suspension on Adoptions by Americans

On July 12, 2019, the U.S. Department of State announced that it had confirmed with the Government of Kazakhstan that intercountry adoptions between the United States and Kazakhstan remains suspended. The suspension is in effect due to outstanding post-adoption reports for Kazakh children previously adopted by U.S. parents.

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DHS Publishes Comprehensive New Public Charge Rule (Effective October 15, 2019)

On August 14, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had published a final rule in the Federal Register regarding the public charge ground of inadmissibility. The rule, which runs 217 pages, will become effective on October 15, 2019. In this post, we will examine the key points of the new public charge rule.

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Sierra Leone Lifts Suspension of Intercountry Adoptions

The Department of State (DOS) noted that the Government of Sierra Leone did not extend its suspension of processing new intercountry adoptions beyond June 3, 2019.

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USCIS Will Maintain Only Seven International Field Offices

On August 9, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will only maintain international field offices at seven locations going forward.

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New Sacramento Immigration Court Opening on September 3, 2019

On August 13, 2019, the Executive office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced that it will open an immigration court in Sacramento, California, on September 3, 2019.

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Troubling Move By Trump Administration to Decertify Immigration Judge Union

In what I find to be troubling news, Fox News reports that the Trump Administration is moving to decertify the National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ). Although the move to decertify the immigration judge’s union involves technical labor law issues, the administration’s message is clear, and its effect would be deleterious for noncitizens in removal proceedings and the attorneys who represent them.

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Visa Bulletin for August 2019

On July 5, 2019 The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released its monthly Visa Bulletin August 2019 – the penultimate month of FY 2019. The August 2019 Visa Bulletin contains the dates for filing and application final action dates for beneficiaries of approved immigrant visa petitions in the family-sponsored and employment-based preference categories. On July 16, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that most family-sponsored adjustment of status applicants must rely upon the August 2019 Visa Bulletin’s dates for filing to determine eligibility to file for adjustment during the month, while all employment-based adjustment of status applicants must use the less favorable final action dates.

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USCIS Publishes Comprehensive New EB5 Rule

On July 24, 2019, the United States Citizenship and immigration Services (USCIS) published its new final rule on the EB5 immigrant investor program, titled “EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Modernization..” The rules, which take effect on November 21, 2019, represent arguably the most significant changes to the EB5 program since its inception in 1993.

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