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Update on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Bimonthly Immigration Newsletter: February 2014

Note card with H-1B H-1B Professional Visas — Preparation Begins for April Filings

Once again it is H-1B filing season, and, once again USCIS is likely to receive the full allocation of visa petitions in the first week of filing commencing April 1. Once the quota is reached, new H-1B visa requests will not be accepted until April 1, 2015, for work that commences on October 1, 2015 — more than 18 months from now! [read more...]

Social Security Card with Locked typed in redNonimmigrant Interview-Waiver Program Made Permanent

In mid-January, the Department of State (DOS) made permanent a pilot program introduced two years ago waiving the interview requirement for issuance of a nonimmigrant visa (NIV). Normally, all NIV applicants must make a personal appearance and be interviewed by a consular officer. [read more...]

CBP Officer at airportMedical Exams and Vaccines for Adjustment of Status and Consular
Processed Immigrant Applicants

Applicants for lawful permanent residence must undergo a medical exam as required pursuant to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regulations. [read more...]

Small childNew Adoption Laws Related to Immigration

Both Parents No Longer Required to Travel and Meet Child During Adoption Process for Automatic Citizenship to Attach; "Accuracy for Adoptees Act" Corrects Birth Date and Name Inaccuracies. [read more...]

Judge's GavelGestational, Legal Mothers Now Treated, for Immigration Purposes, as
Genetic Mothers of Children Born Abroad

DOS and DHS are now interpreting the definition of “child” under immigration laws to include the child of a genetic or gestational parent who is also a legal parent at the time of the child’s birth. Under this new interpretation and policy change... [read more...]

DACALong-Pending DACA Case? Check to See If Any of These Factors Apply

A recent, informal survey among the immigration bar reveals that many long-pending (more than six months) DACA cases involved one or more of the following circumstances...

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New n-400 formNew Naturalization Form (N-400) Goes Into Effect and Must Be Used
After May 5, 2014

USCIS has changed the form used for applying for naturalization, Form N-400, and instructs that the new form must be used after May 5, 2014. [read more...]


push button land line phone off the hookMore on Stateside Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers and “Reason to Believe”

Just about one year ago, USCIS began implementing a program permitting certain immediate relatives of U.S. citizens (spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens) who are physically present in the United States... [read more...]



John KerrySenators Continue to Pressure DHS and DOS to Grant TPS to Filipino Nationals

A bipartisan group of 19 senators sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry urging that the State Department (DOS) recommend the Philippines for temporary protected status (TPS) designation as a result of the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan... [read more...]



Visa with photo of a manImmigrant Visa Availability: What to Expect in the Coming Months

The family second preference for spouses and children of lawful permanent residents (F2A), which advanced significantly in August 2013, has retrogressed for Mexico to 04/15/2012, as posted in the March Visa Bulletin. [read more...]



Jeh JohnsonNews in Brief

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