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EOIR Swears in 15 New Immigration Judges on September 23, 2016

On September 23, 2016, the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) swore in 15 new immigration judges.   With the new appointments, the EOIR announced that it now has a record high 291 immigration judges.  

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USCIS Announces Visa Bulletin Filing Dates May be Used for October AOS Applications

The USCIS determined that adjustment of status applicants in both the family-sponsored and employment-based cases may use the dates for filing from the October 2016 Visa Bulletin. In order to file for AOS in October, an applicant must have an approved IV petition and his or her priority cutoff date must be earlier than the filing date.

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BIA Issues Important Decision on Criminal Copyright Infringement and CIMTs

In the Matter of Zaragoza-Vaquero, 26 I&N Dec. 814 (BIA 2016), the BIA held that a federal conviction for criminal copyright infringement under 17 U.S.C. 506(a)(1)(A) and 18 U.S.C. 2319(b)(1) is a crime of moral turpitude. A key point was that the statute requires the infringement to be willful, that is, a voluntary violation of a known duty to not infringe on copyrights. 

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USCIS Announces Important Updates to Form N-470

The USCIS announced two important updates to the procedures for filing the Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.  These changes were made now that the Form N-400 is processed electronically, and apply to all applicants who do not reside overseas.  

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TPS Benefits Automatically Extended for Six Months for Guinea/Liberia/Sierra Leone in Advance of Termination

On May 21, 2017, the TPS designations for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone will terminate. To ensure an orderly transition before then, the DHS is extending TPS benefits and TPS EADs for beneficiaries from these countries through May 20, 2017. This extension is automatic. TPS beneficiaries from these countries should consult with an experienced immigration attorney for guidance.

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DHS Resumes Normal Treatment of Enforcement Decisions for Haitian Nationals

On Apr. 1, 2011, the DHS limited removals to Haiti to those with final orders of removal who were either convicted of a particularly serious crime or who posed a national security threat. On Sep. 22, 2016, the DHS announced that it would treat enforcement decisions with regard to Haitian nationals consistent with standard practice. The move does not affect Haitians on TPS or those who have resided continuously in the USA since Jan. 12, 2011.

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DHS Inspector General Finds Persons Ordered Deported/Removed Were Improperly Granted Citizenship

On Sep. 19, the DHS Inspector General (IG) released a report that found that the USCIS improperly granted citizenship to at least 858 persons from “special interest countries” who had been previously ordered deported or removed under another name. The IG explained that the errors were the result of missing fingerprint records.

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October 2016 Visa Bulletin

On September 8, 2016, the Department of State (DOS) released the October 2016 Immigrant Visa Bulletin with application final action dates and dates for filing in the family-sponsored and employment-based immigrant visa preference categories. The October Visa Bulletin is significant in that it is the first Visa Bulletin of the new fiscal year (FY-2017), which comes with a new set of immigrant visa numbers. Subsequent to the release of the Visa Bulletin, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that adjustment of status applicants in both the family-sponsored and employment-based preference categories would be able to use the dates for filing in October of 2016.

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F1 Students Must Present New Form I-20 to Engage in CPT

The August-September 2016 edition of the USCIS E-Verify Connection newsletter included a reminder that in order to engage in curricular practical training, F1 students must present the redesigned Form I-20, Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status. F1 and M1 students have been required to use the new Form I-20 since July 1, 2016. 

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Average National Benefit Center Processing Dates (as of Jul. 31, 2016)

The National Benefits Center (NBC) released its average forms processing date information as of July 31, 2016.  

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