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Update on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Bimonthly Immigration Newsletter: June 2013

US SenateSenate Begins Debate on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

The push for a comprehensive overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws and system enters one of two most critical phases, as the full Senate begins debate and consideration of the 800+ page bipartisan Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744). [read more...]

Online I-94 FormArriving Nonimmigrants Advised to Print I-94 Shortly After Arrival

Most nonimmigrant foreign travelers arriving in the United States are no longer issued Form I-94, the white card previously issued by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at air and sea ports of entry. [read more...]

Passport StampUpdate on Visa Availability

The June and July 2013 issues of Visa Bulletin provide encouraging news for those waiting, especially in the employment-based third preference (EB-3) category (all chargeability) and the family second preference F2A category (all chargeability). EB-3 worldwide cut-off dates jumped 18 months in two months, [read more...]

FingerprintUSCIS Delays Implementation of Fingerprinting
and Photographs at USCIS Field Offices

Due to technical difficulties at several USCIS field offices, the nationwide rollout of the new Customer Identity Verification (CIV) process, which was to be launched on May 6, 2013, has been delayed. [read more...]

Naturalization CeremonyAgreement Reached in Nationwide Class Action Regarding Work Authorization for Asylum Seekers

In mid-April, the departments of Justice (DOJ) and Homeland Security (DHS) agreed to settle a nationwide class action challenging the denial of work authorization to asylum seekers who have been waiting six months or more for a decision on their applications.[read more...]

Marijuana joint“Social Sharing” of Marijuana is Not a Drug Trafficking Crime

The U.S. Supreme Court in late April issued a decision holding that a conviction for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, where the record of conviction fails to prove remuneration or more than a small amount of marijuana involved, is not illicit trafficking of a controlled substance, and is therefore not an aggravated felony. [read more...]



Graph of Foriegn born CitizensCBO Report on Foreign Nationals in the United States

In its recent report, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) provides various data on the foreign national population residing in the United States [read more...]




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