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Our Articles on Recent BIA Precedent Decisions

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We now have articles discussing every BIA precedent decision issued in 2016 (through June 2, 2016). In this post, I will provide a list of recent BIA precedent decisions that we have covered here at myattorneyusa.com with a brief description of the BIA’s holding and a link to our article for each case. If you are interested in a specific BIA decision, please use our website’s search feature to see if we have discussed it in our growing collection of articles and blog posts about immigration law.

Threats to the Pro-Israel Consensus in the New GOP, and What Must be Done to Preserve It

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Over the past 50 years, the Republican Party went from a mixed bag on support for Israel to an organization where support for Israel is the mainstream position. However, over the contentious Republican Primary, we have seen some disturbing signs that the Republican consensus on Israel is fraying at the margins. In this post, we will look at how the Republican Party became the preeminent pro-Israel Party, and what must be done to keep it that way.

DHS Publishes Final STEM OPT Rules

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On March 10, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a new final rule for STEM optional practical training (OPT) extensions. In this post, I will explain the procedural background that led to the new regulations, differences between the final version of the STEM OPT extension regulations and the final rule, and what may happen next with the pending litigation regarding STEM OPT extensions.

GOP Super Tuesday Roundup and the Imperative of Stopping Trump

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With Super Tuesday in the books, 15 contests in the Republican Presidential Primaries have now been completed. In this post, I will discuss what has happened since I last wrote about the Republican nomination contest, what comes next, and the imperative of stopping Donald Trump from becoming the nominee.

New Rules Regarding Teacher Category of Exchange Visitor Program

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The Department of State (DOS) finalized a new rule amending existing regulations governing the Teacher category of the Exchange Visitor Program (J visas). The rule was proposed on May 2, 2013 and finalized on January 29, 2016. The new provisions became effective on February 29, 2016. We have posted a full article discussing the new rules in effect for exchange visitor teachers.

USCIS Receipt Numbers

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When the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) receives an application or petition, it assigns it a 13-character USCIS receipt number on the Form I-797C, Notice of Action.  The USCIS receipt number is used by the agency to track and identify cases.  The applicant or petitioner may use the USCIS receipt number to make a case inquiry with USCIS.

In this post, I will explain the format for the USCIS receipt number.

The Failure of the Immigration System for Dairy Farmers

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I came across a terrific short documentary by Vice News that I would like to share with you and discuss. The documentary discusses the plight of dairy farmers in New York. As it highlights, working as low-wage labor on a dairy farm is hard and unglamorous work that very few Americans want to do. In fact, Vice News endeavored to find unemployed Americans who were interested in working on a dairy farm, and were markedly unsuccessful.

The European Refugee Experience

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In this post, I look at some of the serious problems Europe has had with admitting substantial numbers of refugees and migrants from the Middle East and North Africa. I explain why in light of the roots of these problems and security concerns, the plan to admit 10,000 refugees from Syria to the United States is ill-conceived and detrimental.

The Legacy of a Great Jurist: Antonin Scalia (1936-2016)

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On February 13, 2016, America lost one of the greatest legal minds in its history in Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia. The national discourse quickly shifted to what will surely be the contentious process of selecting Justice Scalia’s replacement. We will have plenty of time to discuss the effects of Justice Scalia’s death and the importance of ensuring that he is replaced by a brilliant jurist who will carry on his legacy. For today, I would like to instead focus on the career of a great man and a great American who left us too soon.

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