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New Filing Addresses For Certain Cap-Exempt H1B Petitions

On September 1, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) changed the direct filing addresses for certain petitioners filing Form I-129 cap-exempt H1B petitions.

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USCIS Reopens Non-Military Deferred Action Cases That Were Pending on August 7, 2019

On September 2, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reopened non-military deferred action cases that had been pending on August 7, 2019.

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New USCIS Page for E-Verify Videos

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services moved all of its informational E-Verify videos to its E-Verify video resources page on September 3, 2019.

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Pence Satisfied With Poland's Progress Toward Joining the Visa Waiver Program

Vice President Mike Pence stated during a meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda on September 2, 2019, that he is pleased with Poland’s progress toward meeting the requirements for inclusion in the Visa Waiver Program.

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New Broadway Immigration Court Opens in Manhattan on September 9, 2019

The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced that it will open the Broadway Immigration Court on September 9, 2019. The Broadway Immigration Court will be the third immigration court in New York City, joining the New York City Immigration Court and the Varick Street Immigration Court.

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Uptick in Visa Denials on Public Charge Grounds in FY-2019

Although the Trump Administration’s expansive new public charge rule does not take effect until October, Politico reported on August 6, 2019, that visa denials on public charge grounds have increased dramatically in fiscal year 2019.

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EOIR Selects Four New Assistant Chief Immigration Judges

The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) selected four new assistant chief immigration judges on August 23, 2019. Assistant chief immigration judges oversee the operations of the immigration courts to which they are assigned. In addition to these oversight responsibilities, assistant chief immigration judges also hear cases.

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Visa Bulletin for September 2019

The U.S. Department of State published the Visa Bulletin for September 2019 on August 9, 2019. The Visa Bulletin for September 2019 is the final visa bulletin for fiscal year 2019. It includes the dates for filing and application final action dates for the family-sponsored and employment-based preferences. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services determined on August 15 that almost all family-sponsored adjustment of status hopefuls must use the favorable dates for filing in September, while all employment-based adjustment of status hopefuls must use the final action dates.

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EOIR Swears in Six New Members of the Board of Immigration Appeals

The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) held an investiture ceremony on August 23, 2019, to swear in six new members of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). All six new Board members were appointed by U.S. Attorney General William Barr. This post includes profiles of each of the new BIA members.

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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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