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DHS Annual Flow Report on Refugees and Asylees for FY-2015

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In November of 2016, the DHS released its Annual Flow Report for refugees and asylees. The Annual Flow Report includes numerous statistics and facts regarding refugee and asylees in Fiscal Year-2015. In this article, we will examine a selection of the statistics from the Annual Flow Report, which is well-worth reading in its entirety.

EOIR Releases New Final Rule on Recognition of Organizations and Accreditation of Non-Attorney Representatives

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On December 19, 2016, the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) published a new final rule titled “Recognition of Organizations and Accreditation of Non-Attorney Representatives” in the Federal Register. The new rule, which takes effect on January 18, 2017, will amend regulations found in 8 C.F.R. 1001, 8 C.F.R. 1003, 8 C.F.R. 1103, and 8 C.F.R. 1212.

DHS Annual Flow Report on Naturalization Statistics for FY-2015

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In November of 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its Annual Flow Report for naturalizations in Fiscal Year 2015. The PDF contains many charts and interesting data, and is well-worth reading in full. In this article, we will examine the Flow Report’s data on the countries of birth of those naturalized in FY-2015. We will also assess the median time (in years) that individuals naturalized in FY-2015 spent in lawful permanent resident status (LPR) prior to naturalization.

DHS Annual Flow Report on Nonimmigrant Admission Statistics for FY-2015

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In December of 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its Annual Flow Report for nonimmigrant admissions to the United States in 2015. The Flow Report includes eight pages of interesting information and charts with various nonimmigrant admissions statistics for 2015, and it is well worth reading in its entirety. In this post, I will highlight the 2015 statistics for nonimmigrant admissions by class of admission and for nonimmigrant admissions by country.

Series of Posts: President-Elect Trump's Cabinet Picks and Immigration

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On January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, and Michael R. Pence will be sworn in as the 48th Vice President of the United States. The Trump Administration promises to make dramatic changes in the conduct of the Executive Branch from the previous eight years. One area where many expect to see some of the most significant changes is in immigration policy. For this reason, I will write a series of blog posts detailing the backgrounds and public policy statements of the cabinet nominees of President-Elect Trump who will have the most bearing on administering the immigration laws.

EOIR Announces Appointment of New Administrative Law Judge at the OCAHO

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On December 2, 2016, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced the appointment of James McHenry as an administrative law judge (ALJ) in the EOIR’s Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO). This appointment was effective November 14, 2016.

USCIS Issues Reminder for Forms N-400 Filed On or After Dec. 23, 2016

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The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) reported that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a reminder that starting on December 23, 2016, applicants for naturalization must use the 12/23/16 edition of the Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. The USCIS will reject any older versions of the Form N-400 filed on or after December 23, 2016 (applications filed before that date are unaffected). Furthermore, applications filed starting on December 23, 2016, must be accompanied by the new filing fees that take effect on December 23, 2016.

USCIS Releases Reminder Regarding Form I-924A Requirement

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On December 7, 2016, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a reminder regarding the new fees for the Form I-924A, Annual Certification of Regional Center. Under 8 C.F.R. 204.6(m)(6), EB5 regional centers are required to submit the Form I-924A annually to demonstrate eligibility for the regional center designation. In accordance with the regulations, all EB5 regional centers with a designation letter dated on or before September 30, 2016, are required to file the Form I-924A for FY-2016 “no later than December 29, 2016.”

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