On April 25, 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Randolph D. “Tex” Alles to be the new Director of the United States Secret Service. Alles was serving as the Acting Deputy Commissioner of the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the number two position in the CBP, at the time of the appointment. In addition to Alles' departure from the CBP, the Senate will soon take action on the nomination of Kevin K. McAleenan, the current Acting Commissioner of CBP, for Commissioner of CBP.
On April 24, 2017, Olivia Beavers of The Hill reported that the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit granted C-SPAN permission to broadcast live coverage of arguments in Hawaii v. Trump, No. 17-15589. This promises to make the oral arguments, which will take place on May 15, more accessible to the general public. In Hawaii v. Trump, the Ninth Circuit will hear the Trump Administration’s appeal from a District Court decision to block enforcement of key portions of President Trump’s Executive Order 13780 titled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States”.
On April 26, 2017, Dana Milbank, a left-wing pundit at the Washington Post, reported that the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights in Geneva sent a letter to the Trump administration suggesting that repealing the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) would potentially violate “international law.” In this post, I discuss the absurd development from the U.N.
On April 11, 2017, the Department of State (DOS) released the May 2017 Visa Bulletin, containing dates for filing and application final action dates for the family-sponsored and employment-based immigrant visa preference categories. One day later, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) determined that both family-sponsored and employment-based adjustment of status applicants must use the Final Action dates for filing in May of 2017. In this article, we will examine the relevant charts from both the May 2017 Visa Bulletin for individuals waiting to adjust status on the basis of an approved family-sponsored or employment-based immigrant visa petition.
On April 17, 2017, the USCIS announced that it had completed its H1B cap random selection process for FY 2018. On April 11, 2017, the USCIS used its computer-generated random selection process, commonly known as the H1B lottery, to select petitions to meet both the 65,000 H1B cap for general-category petitions and the 20,000 H1B cap under the advanced degree exemption. The USCIS first conducted the H1B lottery for advanced degree exemption petitions. All unselected advanced degree exemption petitions were then placed in the general-category pool.
In the news release, the USCIS announced a redesign to the Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card (commonly known as the “Green Card”). The USCIS also announced that it will begin issuing a redesigned Employment Authorization Document (EAD). The redesigned Green Cards and EADs, which were created as part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project, will be issued beginning on May 1, 2017. In this article, we will explain the features of the redesigned Green Cards and EADs, and what their adoption will entail for permanent residents and EAD-holders going forward.
Belarus moved recently to enforce its annual $250 tax on individuals who work for less than 183 days per year. The tax, colloquially called “the tax on social parasites,” triggered a new wave of protests beginning in February. Lukashenko partially backed down in the face of the initial wave of protests, agreeing to suspend the implementation of the “social parasite tax” for one year. However, many Belarusians are continuing to take to the streets to demand the resignation of Lukashenko. In this post, I discuss the developments.
On April 8, 2017, President Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Lee Francis Cissna as the new Director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The Senate will likely consider Cissna’s nomination in the coming weeks. If confirmed, he will replace Leon Rodriguez, who left office on January 20, 2017.
On April 10, 2017, the website of Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota released a press release titled: “Kloubachar, Collins, Heitkamp Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Increase Number of Doctors in Rural and Other Medically Underserved Areas.” The proposed legislation would extend the Conrad 30 Waiver Program until 2021 and would provide for the expansion of the Conrad 30 Waiver program beyond 30 slots “if certain thresholds are met.” The proposed legislation would also provide for employment authorization for the spouses of Conrad 30 Waiver beneficiaries.