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Our Articles on Recent United States Supreme Court Decisions

The Supreme Court issued numerous high profile decisions in the final days of its October term 2015 (ending on June 27, 2016). Several of the Supreme Court’s decisions are either about immigration law or may have a tangential effect on aspects of immigration law. We have written five articles about the actions of the Supreme Court in the final weeks of October term 2015 and how they relate to immigration law and policy. In this post, I will list the decisions that we have articles about on this website along with brief summaries and links to the full articles.

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EOIR Announces Investiture of 15 New Immigration Judges

On June 27, 2016, the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) announced the investiture of 15 new immigration judges. Acting Chief Immigration Judge Michael C. McGoings presided over the investiture ceremony on June 17, 2016. Judge McGoings stated at the investiture ceremeony for the new immigration judges that “[t]heir arrival brings our immigration judge corps to 273 adjudicators, our highest level to date.”

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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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