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DOS Adds Five Campuses to EducationUSA Academy Network for 2019

On August 1, 2018, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced that it had added five U.S. host campuses to its EducationUSA Academy network for summer 2019. They will join the eleven other host institutions which also participated in summer 2018.

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USCIS Returns Unselected FY-2019 H1B Cap-Subject Petitions

On July 30, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had returned all fiscal year 2019 H1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected in the H1B lottery.

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USCIS Delays Implementation of NTA Memo

On June 28, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued Policy Memorandum (PM)-602-0050.1, titled “Updated Guidance for the Referral of Cases and Issuances of Notices to Appear (NTAs) in Cases Involving Inadmissible and Deportable Aliens.” The USCIS has temporarily delayed implementation of the memorandum until internal operational guidance is completed.

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DOJ Sends Email to Press Offices With Instructions on How to Refer to Aliens in Official Press Releases

On July 24, 2018, CNN reported that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has instructed U.S. Attorney’s offices to not use the term “`undocumented’ immigrants.” CNN included the guidance with the article. Although the CNN report does not specify the scope of the guidance until the penultimate passage of the article, the original document in fact applies to terminology used in press releases issued by U.S. Attorney’s Offices. In this post, I will briefly examine the DOJ guidance posted by CNN.

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Attorneys and Accredited Representatives May File Form N-565 For Clients Online

On July 17, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a news alert titled “Attorneys and Accredited Representatives Can Now File Form N-565 Online.” The news update deals with the Form N-565, Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document. It explains that attorneys and accredited representatives may now file the Form N-565 for their clients by using their myUSCIS online account.

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EOIR Begins Electronic Filing Pilot Program at San Diego Immigration Court

On July 19, 2018, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced that it launched an electronic filing pilot program at the San Diego Immigration Court that same week.

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International Judo Federation Suspends Two Events for Discriminating Against Israeli Athletes

In a previous post, I discussed Israeli judoka Tal Flicker’s winning a major international judo competition at the Abu Dhabi Judo Grand Slam while the tournament’s Emirati hosts discriminated against the Israeli competitors by refusing to allow them to compete under the Israeli flag. In welcome news, the International Judo Federation announced that it had suspended the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam and the Tunis Grand Prix (hosted in Tunisia) for their discrimination against Israeli athletes.

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The Case Against the New USCIS Policy on Denials Without Issuance of RFE or NOID

On July 13, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published Policy Memorandum (PM)-602-0163, titled “Issuance of Certain RFEs and NOIDs; Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 10.5(a), Chapter 10.5(b).” In the decision, the USCIS changed its policy on when adjudicators may deny an application, petition, or request without first issuing a Request for Evidence (RFE) or a Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID). To learn about the new rules, please see our full article on the Policy Memorandum. In this blog post, I will explain why I think that the Policy Memorandum directs the implementation of a bad policy that will increase the discretion of bureaucrats to make poorly-reasoned decisions at the expense of those making filings with the USCIS.

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SEVP Reminds F1 Students About Rules for Volunteer Positions and OPT

On May 18, 2018, the Student and Exchange Visitors Program (SEVP) of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released a message to students on optional practical training (OPT) titled “Reporting Volunteer Positions During OPT Employment.” The SEVP message deals with volunteer employment and OPT. It explains that “[v]olunteer positions that are not directly related to [an F1 student’s] course of study do not qualify as [OPT] and must not be listed as OPT employment.”

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HHS/DHS/DOJ Progress on Reuniting Children With Parents in Compliance With Court Order

On July 12, 2018, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Attorney General issued a joint statement stating that their respective agencies have completed the reunification of eligible children under 5 who had been separated from their parents after their parents were apprehended for illegal entry. The separations occurred largely as a result of parents with children being apprehended at the border and placed in detention due to misdemeanor or felony charges for illegal entry. Many of these cases stemmed from the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) Zero Tolerance policy for prosecuting all illegal entry cases that are referred to it.