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USCIS Announces Intent to Terminate the FWVP and Haitian Family Reunification Parole Programs

On August 2, 2019, the USCIS announced its intention to terminate the Flipino World War II Veterans Parole program and the Haitian Family Reunification Parole program.

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USCIS Issues Reminder About New Form I-129 Rejection Policies

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a reminder that on August 5, 2019, it has implemented a policy rejecting Form I-129 petitions that do not include the petitioner’s or applicant’s name and primary U.S. office address on Part 1 of the form.

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Senate Confirms Mark Esper as Secretary of Defense

On July 23, 2019, the U.S. Senate confirmed Mark Esper as the new Secretary of Defense by a vote of 90-8. Esper had been serving as the Acting Secretary of Defense since June 23, 2019. He had previously served as Secretary of the Army since November 20, 2017. The Defense Department had been without a Senate-confirmed Secretary since former Secretary James Mattis departed on December 31, 2018.

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President Trump Nominates Eugene Scalia to be Next Secretary of Labor

On July 19, 2019, Alexander Acosta resigned as the Secretary of Labor, leaving Deputy Secretary Patrick Pizzella as the Acting Secretary of Labor. One day earlier, President Donald Trump announced that he would nominate Eugene Scalia to be the next Secretary of Labor.

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Delays in Processing Intercountry Adoptions From South Africa

On June 28, 2019, the U.S. Department of State advised prospective adoptive parents and adoption service providers of potential delays in the processing time to complete intercountry adoptions from South Africa. The cause for delay is the South African Department of Home Affairs’ changing its process on how Hague Convention adoptions are noted on birth certificates.

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How to Stay Up to Date With E-Verify News

On July 16, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it was discontinuing its E-Verify Listens public contact channel.

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USCIS Closes Ciudad Juarez Field Office

On June 30, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) permanently closed its field office in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.

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SCOTUS to Consider Whether Categorical Approach is Required to Determine if Conviction is a "Serious Drug Offense" Under ACCA

On June 28, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States granted a petition for certiorari in Shular v. United States, 18-6662. Shular concerns the Armed Career Criminals Act (ACCA), a Federal sentence-enhancement statute. Although the ACCA is a criminal law rather than a civil immigration law, several Supreme Court decisions on how to interpret the ACCA have been influential in the immigration context.

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Visa Bulletin for July 2019

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released its Visa Bulletin for July 2019 on June 6, 2019. The Visa Bulletin for July 2019 contains the final action dates and dates for filing for the family-sponsored and employment-based preferences for the month. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) determined that most family-sponsored adjustment of status applicants – with the exception of one case – must use the dates for filing chart from the Visa Bulletin for July 2017, while employment-based adjustment applications must use the less favorable final action dates.

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OMB Completes Review of New EB5 Final Rule

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) reported that that the Office of Management of and Budget (OMB) has completed its review of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Modernization final regulation. With this step completed, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may move to publish the Final Rule in the Federal Register (FR), after which it would likely become effective within 30 to 60 days of publication.

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