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Election Issues and Immigration #1: The Future of DAPA and the DACA Expansion

On June 23, 2016, the an equally-divided Supreme Court affirmed the Fifth Circuit’s judgment that uphold a preliminary injunction issued by a federal District Court against the Deferred Action for Parents and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) Program and the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program in United States v. Texas, 579 U.S. ___ (2016). I discuss the background of the decision and what it means in this post.

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Equally Divided Supreme Court Upholds Preliminary Injunction Against DAPA Implementation

On June 23, 2016, the Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision regarding the Deferred Action for Parents and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) Program and the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. In United States v. Texas, 579 U.S. ___ (2016), an equally divided Supreme Court (4-4) affirmed the judgment of the Fifth Circuit that left in place a district court injunction against the implementation of the President’s initiatives. In this post, I will discuss the background of the case and what the Supreme Court’s decision means going forward.

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USCIS Affirmative Asylum Scheduling Bulletin (July 8, 2016)

On June 8, 2016, the USCIS released its new Affirmative Asylum Scheduling Bulletin. This article includes the new Bulletin.

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EB5 Form Processing Times as of December 31, 2015

On February 11, 2016, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Immigrant Investor Program Office released an updated EB5 processing time report. It includes a chart that shows the timeframe, measured in months, “representing the average processing time” as of December 31, 2015, for the Form I-526, Form I-829, and Form I-924.

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USCIS to Begin Deactivating E-Verify User IDs that Have not been Accessed for 270 Days

Beginning on August 1, 2016, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin deactivating E-Verify user IDs that have not been accessed for 270 days. In order to avoid deactivation, E-Verify users should log in to their accounts at least once every 270 days.

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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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