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July 2016 DOS Visa Bulletin

The Department of State (DOS) has released the July 2016 Visa Bulletin. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) determined that applicants must use the final action dates for filing applications for adjustment of status in July of 2016. This post contains the charts from the July 2016 Visa Bulletin for family-sponsored and employment-based adjustment of status applicants.

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USCIS Releases Updated Edition of Form I-131

On June 8, 2016, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted an updated edition of the Form I-131, Application for Travel Document. The new edition of the Form I-131 is dated May 3, 2016. However, USCIS has stated that it will still accept the editions of the Form I-131 dated January 22, 2016, and March 22, 2013.

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EB5 Form Average Processing Times as of April 30, 2016

On June 14, 2016, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released its most recent average processing times for the Immigrant Investor Program Office. The processing times are based on processing dates as of April 30, 2016.

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Pew Research Survey Indicates Increasing Support for Restrictions on Speech

A recent Pew Research Survey indicates that support for restrictions on certain types of “offensive” speech is on the rise. In this post, I will explain why this trend stands against our traditions and constitutional values.

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Comparing the "Same or Similar" Final Memorandum to the Draft Memorandum

On March 18, 2016, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a final Policy Memorandum (“Final Memo”) setting forth the rules regarding the “same or similar” occupational classification requirement for exercising section 204(j) I-140 petition portability. We work through the Final Memo on site. In a separate article, we examined the Draft Memorandum (“Draft Memo”) on the issue released on November 20, 2015. In this post, I will revisit our article on the Draft Memo and examine how AILA’s comments and suggestions fared in the Final Memo.

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USCIS Announces Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program Policy

On May 9, 2016, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the implementation of the Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program (FWVP) policy effective June 8, 2016. The FWVP will allow the beneficiaries of approved family-based immigrant visa petitions filed by a qualified Filipino WWII veteran (or surviving spouse) to apply for parole while they wait for an immigrant visa number to become available. In this post, I will explain the reasons why USCIS implemented the program and why I think it is an appropriate exercise of the Attorney General’s statutory parole power.

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Our Articles on Recent BIA Precedent Decisions

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.

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

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.

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The "Welcome Dayton" Program

In this post, I will take a look at Dayton's “Welcome Dayton” initiative and how its principles should be welcomed by those seeking positive changes to our immigration laws.

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DHS Publishes Final STEM OPT Rules

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.

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