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Update on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)


Bimonthly Immigration Newsletter: December 2012

Judges' HammerWhat President Obama’s 71% of the Latino Vote Means for Immigration: Immediate Prospects for Comprehensive Immigration Reform?

Almost immediately after President Obama’s re-election on November 6, 2012, the issue of immigration and the Latino vote dominated the news, and the prospect of comprehensive immigration reform rekindled. [read more...]


Extension CordOther Immigration Legislation of Interest

Since the election, there have been some substantive, immigration legislative movements. These efforts, while unlikely to survive this congressional session, are expected to make their way into the comprehensive immigration reform debate next year.  [read more...]



ClockUpdate on H-1B Processing

The adjudication of H-1B cases filed since April 2012 has been woefully delayed and USCIS has provided little guidance on when these backlogs will be cleared. The H-1B cap was reach on June 11, 2012 for work commencing October, 1, 2012, but as late as mid-September more than 15,000 cases remained “untouched” by USCIS [read more...]


Young man with laptopDHS “Entrepreneur Pathways” Website and Other EIR Initiatives – Only As Good as the Visas and Adjudicators Permit)

As part of its initiative, “Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR),” USCIS recently launched a new website called “Entrepreneur Pathways,” designed to help business people understand what immigration options are open to them... [read more...]


Student filling out paperworkForeign Students and Deadlines for OPT – Beware!

USCIS Service Centers are taking a more restrictive approach to filing deadlines for foreign student (F-1) Optional Practical Training (OPT) applications, which, in turn has resulted in denials. Because there are several deadlines to consider in handling an OPT application, foreign students must be vigilant about closely coordinating... [read more...]


Flag of IndiaNonimmigrant Interview Waiver Program Expanded Further in India

Earlier this year, the U.S. Mission in India launched its Interview Waiver Program (IWP), which allows certain qualified individuals to apply for certain nonimmigrant visas without being interviewed in person by a U.S. consular officer. The U.S. Mission is now expanding its IWP, and the list of applicants who can renew [read more...]


Police Line Do Not CrossIndividuals Affected by Hurricane Sandy May Avail Themselves of Temporary Relief Measures

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, USCIS advised that those affected by the storm may avail themselves of certain U.S. immigration benefits or relief; specifically, eligible individuals may request or apply for [read more...]


One Dollar BillUSCIS Adds New Fee of $165 for Individuals Obtaining Permanent Residence at Consulates – Effective February 1, 2013

Beginning on February 1, 2013, USCIS will be collecting a new immigrant fee of $165 from foreign nationals seeking permanent residence and who consular process their immigrant visa petition at a U.S. consulate abroad. [read more...]


IRS LogoHoliday Travel and Foreign Nationals: Review Your Documents Now!

Now is a good time for foreign nationals who will be departing the United States for travel abroad over the holidays to review their travel documents to ensure that their re-entry into the U.S. is as stress-free as possible. [read more...]



IRS LogoOffice Holiday Hours

We wanted to remind our clients that over the upcoming holidays (December 24 to January 2), our office will open on a reduced-hour basis and will be closed on December 24-25 and January 1. We wish you all a happy holiday and a prosperous new year!



Russian PassportNews in Brief

The following additional items may be of interest to our readers:

-DACA Statistical Update
-No Premium Processing for Multinational Executive/Manager Green Card Cases
-USCIS Expands e-Request System Inquiry System
-ICE Expands Detainee Helpline
-Immigration Court Backlogs, ICE Requests for Deportations Decrease
-Re-registration for Haitian TPS ended 11/30/12, But Still Possible