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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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GOP Super Tuesday Roundup and the Imperative of Stopping Trump

With Super Tuesday in the books, 15 contests in the Republican Presidential Primaries have now been completed. In this post, I will discuss what has happened since I last wrote about the Republican nomination contest, what comes next, and the imperative of stopping Donald Trump from becoming the nominee.

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New Rules Regarding Teacher Category of Exchange Visitor Program

The Department of State (DOS) finalized a new rule amending existing regulations governing the Teacher category of the Exchange Visitor Program (J visas). The rule was proposed on May 2, 2013 and finalized on January 29, 2016. The new provisions became effective on February 29, 2016. We have posted a full article discussing the new rules in effect for exchange visitor teachers.

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USCIS Receipt Numbers

When the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) receives an application or petition, it assigns it a 13-character USCIS receipt number on the Form I-797C, Notice of Action.  The USCIS receipt number is used by the agency to track and identify cases.  The applicant or petitioner may use the USCIS receipt number to make a case inquiry with USCIS.

In this post, I will explain the format for the USCIS receipt number.

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The Failure of the Immigration System for Dairy Farmers

I came across a terrific short documentary by Vice News that I would like to share with you and discuss. The documentary discusses the plight of dairy farmers in New York. As it highlights, working as low-wage labor on a dairy farm is hard and unglamorous work that very few Americans want to do. In fact, Vice News endeavored to find unemployed Americans who were interested in working on a dairy farm, and were markedly unsuccessful.

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The European Refugee Experience

In this post, I look at some of the serious problems Europe has had with admitting substantial numbers of refugees and migrants from the Middle East and North Africa. I explain why in light of the roots of these problems and security concerns, the plan to admit 10,000 refugees from Syria to the United States is ill-conceived and detrimental.

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