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USCIS Releases New Edition of Form I-192

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On July 29, 2016, the USCIS announced that it is releasing a new edition of the Form I-192, Application for Advance Permission to Enter as a Nonimmigrant. The new edition is dated June 10, 2016. Starting on August 29, 2016, USCIS will only accept the new edition. Until then, USCIS will also accept the April 15, 2013 edition.

Provisional (Stateside) Unlawful Presence Waiver

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March 4, 2013, certain immigrant visa applicants who are the immediate relatives (spouses, children, or parents) of United States citizens are eligible to file a Form I-601A, Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver, before departing the United States for their immigrant visa interviews, provided that the only ground that they would be ineligible for an immigrant visa is unlawful presence.

EOIR Announces Investiture of Five New Immigration Judges

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On July 29, 2016, the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) announced the investiture of five new immigration judges. The new judges are as follows: Elisa Castrolugo (Houston); Samuel B. Cole (Chicago); Kathryn L. DeAngelis (Chicago); Lisa Ann J. de Cardona (Philadelphia); Eva S. Saltzman (Newark).

Students on 17-Month STEM OPT Extensions Have Until August 8 to Apply for One-Time 7-Month Extension

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The new STEM OPT extension rules allow for qualified students to procure 24-month STEM OPT extensions instead of 17 months under the old rules. Students currently on a 17-month STEM OPT extension have until August 8, 2016, to apply for a one-time 7-month STEM OPT extension. Interested students should consult with their DSO.

BIA Issues Precedent Decision Regarding Mental Competency Safeguards in Immigration Proceedings

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In the Matter of M-J-K-, 26 I&N Dec. 773 (BIA 2016), the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) held that an immigration judge has the discretion to select and implement appropriate safeguards in immigration proceedings when there are issues involving the mental competency of the alien. The BIA may review this de novo.

Several E-Verify Resources Now Available in Nepali

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On July 1, 2016, the USCIS announced that several E-Verify resources are now available in Nepali. These include the SSA/DHS Further Action Notices, SSA/DHS Referral Date Confirmation Notices, and the Form I-9 Employee Information Sheet. Nepali workers who are most comfortable with Nepali may benefit from this addition to E-Verify.

Advance Notice of New Rules on Provisional Stateside Unlawful Presence Waivers

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The DHS provided advance notice of its new rule expanding provisional stateside unlawful presence waivers. Previously, only the beneficiaries of approved immediate relative petitions could be eligible for a provisional unlawful presence waiver. In the new rule, slated for publication on July 29, 2016, all persons who are statutorily eligible for an unlawful presence waiver may seek a provisional unlawful presence waiver, provided they meet the conditions in the new rules.

Obama Administration and Costa Rica Reach Agreement on Working to Manage Central American Refugee Crisis

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The Obama Administration reached an agreement with Costa Rica where Costa Rica will host 200 persons from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala every six months in order for their eligibility for refugee status to be assessed. This is in response to the influx of people from these countries fleeing violence and seeking asylum in the USA.

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