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DOS Comments on Visa Bulletin Trends

Charles Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State (DOS) provided his analysis of trends in the movement of filing dates and final action dates for filing for immigrant visas in the various preference categories. I will recap his analysis in this post.

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Congress Agrees on Omnibus Bill: Effects on Immigration

As expected, Congress has agreed on an on an omnibus appropriations bill that the President has signaled he will sign. Congress has passed a stopgap spending measure to give the bill to fund the government until the new bill is passed. I will review them in this post.

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USCIS Forms Updates (Oct 2015 to Dec 2015)

The United States Citizenship Services (USCIS) periodically updates its immigration forms. In this post, I will list the Forms that have been changed from October of 2015 to December of 2015 and the older versions of the changed forms that will still be accepted.

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Immigrant Visa Bulletin for January 2016

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services released the January 2016 Visa Bulletin for adjustment of status applicants. I have included the charts in my post.

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2016 Presidential Candidate Profile: Mike Huckabee

Mike Huckabee is far from the best candidate in this field. His intense focus and rigidity on social issues would serve to damage the Party and important conservative issues in the general election. While he has a reputation as a conservative, his record as Governor of Arkansas pales in comparison to the allegedly (in some circles) moderate Jeb Bush and Chris Christie. Although he would certainly be better than Hillary Clinton, he is weak relative to the strong field of Republican candidates in 2016.

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2016 Presidential Candidate Profile: Lindsey Graham

I have always admired Senator Graham’s principles and passion for strengthening the Republican Party. On foreign policy, Senator Graham has been a true friend of Israel. While I question some of his policy preferences in Syria, he always brings an important and educated perspective to our foreign policy debates. Ultimately, his campaign is too weak to consider voting for, but his perspective and insight make every debate that he is a part of worth watching.

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2016 Presidential Candidate Profile: John Kasich

Despite his experience and a generally conservative record in his one term and change as Governor of Ohio, I cannot recommend supporting Governor Kasich in the primary. Rather than consistently campaigning on conservative ideas, he has consistently made an effort to appeal to media outlets that only like “conservatives” who attack conservatism. He would be vastly preferable to any of the Democrats, but he is a weak candidate relative to the better options we have to choose from in this field.

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Continuing Resolution Extends Key Immigration Programs Through December 16

On December 11, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives followed the U.S. Senate in passing a continuing resolution to fund the government through December 16. Of interest to those of us who are interested in immigration, this will extend funding for the EB5, Conrad 30 J Waiver Program, Special Immigrant Non-Minister Religions Worker Programs, and E-Verify for the duration of the continuing resolution.

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EOIR Announces New Appointments in November 2015

In November of 2015, the Executive Office of Immigration Review appointed six new assistant chief immigration judges and swore in two new immigration judges. This post will discuss the EOIR announcements.

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Guidance on Checking Veracity of Form I-551 Without Violating Anti-Discrimination Laws

The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) for the Department of Justice (DOJ) provided an interesting Technical Assistance Letter (TAL) to an immigration attorney who requested an advisory opinion on how her client should seek to comply with the requirements of section 274a of the INA (relating to not employing aliens who lack employment authorization) without violating 274b (prohibitions on discriminatory conduct in employment-related matters).

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