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New Immigration Judge Begins Service on Los Angeles Immigration Court

On December 11, 2017, the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) announced that Jankhana Desai was sworn in as a new Immigration Judge for the Los Angeles Immigration Court. The investiture ceremony for Immigration Judge Desai took place on December 8, 2017. Jankhana Desai was appointed to the Los Angeles Immigration Court by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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Texas Service Center to Begin Processing L Visa Petitions on February 12, 2018

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the Texas Service Center will begin processing Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker petitions for L nonimmigrant classification on February 12, 2018. The Texas Service Center will share the L nonimmigrant petition workload with the California Service Center. As of February 12, the Vermont Service Center will no longer process any L nonimmigrant petitions.

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DOJ Announces First Denaturalization Under Operation Janus

Back on October 3, 2017, we posted a blog about civil denaturalization charges being brought in three cases against individuals who were ordered removed before obtaining legal status and naturalization under different identities. The charges came as part of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) “Operation Janus,” which investigated approximately 315,000 cases where fingerprint data was missing.

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Government Resumes Accepting Certain DACA Requests in Response to Court Order

On January 13, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has resumed accepting requests for renewal under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in response to a court order. The USCIS explained that “unless otherwise provided … the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017.” This post examines the news and what it means going forward.

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DHS to Terminate El Salvador TPS (effective Sep. 9, 2019)

On January 8, 2018, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirsten Nielsen announced that she would terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador. However, Secretary Nielsen opted to delay the termination of El Salvador TPS for a period of 18 months in order to ensure an orderly transition. Accordingly, the TPS designation for El Salvador will terminate on September 9, 2019.

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James McHenry Appointed as Permanent Director of EOIR

On January 10, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions appointed James McHenry as the permanent Director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). McHenry had been serving as Acting Director since May 30, 2017.

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USCIS Not Considering Changes to Extensions of H1B Stay Beyond 6-Year Limit

On January 9, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) stated to a news outlet by stating that it “is not considering a regulatory change that would force H-1B visa holders to leave the United States by changing our interpretation of section 104(c) of AC-21, which provides for H-1B extensions beyond the 6 year limit.” Furthermore, the USCIS added that any suggestion that it was considering such a change was “absolutely false.” In this article, we discuss the news, the story on the issue over the past two weeks, and what we can learn from it.

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District Court Enjoins DACA Rescission

On January 10, 2018, Judge William Alsup of the United States District Court for the District of Northern California issued a preliminary injunction against the Trump Administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In this post, I explain what the injunction does and what it may mean going forward.

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Full Resumption of Visa Services in Turkey

On December 28, 2017, the U.S. Mission to Turkey announced the full resumption of visa services in Turkey. Visa services in Turkey were suspended on October 8, 2017, and only partially resumed on November 7. This post includes our three updates on the subject.

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Thoughts on the Ongoing Iran Protests

Over the past week, people in Iran have taken to the streets to protest the dire economic situation in the country and government malfeasance. According to a report by Kim Hjelmgaard of USA Today, Iranian media has stated that “[a]t least 20 people have died and 450 have been arrested in the nationwide protests that began [on December 28, 2017] in Mashaad and spread to other cities…” To be sure, no one would be surprised if the “Iranian media” cited to in the report is under-selling the situation. In this post, I'll offer my thoughts on the situation and the current U.S. response.

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