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Update on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Bimonthly Immigration Newsletter: June 2014

H-1b and checkboxUSCIS to Propose New Regulation to Allow Work Authorization
for Certain H-4 Spouses

The Obama Administration has announced its intention to amend existing regulations to allow H-4 dependent spouses of certain principal H-1B workers to request employment authorization. [read more]

DoctorMedical Reports (I-693) Now Valid for Only One Year But Can be Submitted After Initial Filing

As of June 1, medical examination reports (I-693) submitted by applicants in support of a benefit application will be only valid for one year from the time of the civil surgeon’s signature and submission to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). [read more]



Eastern looking gentlmanDHS Proposes Rules Affecting Some Highly Skilled Workers and Spouses

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued two proposed rules that affect the highly skilled. Both rules provide benefits, but in the grand scheme of immigration reform, the benefits are very limited and affect a limited class of foreign nationals.  [read more]


CBP Officer at airportUSCIS Announces Expansion of L-1 Site Visits

USCIS recently announced an expansion of its Administrative Site Visit and Verification Program, which conducts unannounced site visits to the offices of U.S. employers who have filed H-1B — and now L-1 — visa petitions. The program is implemented by the USCIS Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNSD). [read more]

Frustratd businessman with head in handsDidn’t Make the H-1B Lottery? Certain Employers May Find Relief in
STEM Extension

With only 85,000 visas available for the 172,000 H-1B petitions received by USCIS, those unlucky employers and their foreign national workers who were not selected in the lottery must seek alternative work authorization strategies. [read more]

TSA Precheck SignFederal Agencies Coordinate Response to Unprecedented Influx of Unaccompanied Minors at Southwest Border; Legal Services Included

In early June, President Obama announced that the influx of unaccompanied foreign national children across the southwest border of the United States was causing an urgent humanitarian situation that requires a unified and coordinated federal response. [read more]


DACA renewal formRenewing DACA

As expected, in early June USCIS released a new dual-use form (I-821D) and instructions for individuals seeking renewal of or initial requests for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) relief. First and foremost, USCIS advises that DACA renewal requests should be filed no sooner than 150 days and no later than 120 days... [read more]


Infopass LogoI-94 Arrival and Departure Records Now Available for Five Years

The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website that nonimmigrant travelers access for their arrival record now allows such travelers to access arrival and departure records going back five years from the request date. [read more]




Female student with backpackCollege Scholarships for DACA Recipients

Several states have passed legislation that makes undocumented immigrants eligible for in-state tuition at public colleges and universities, while other states have passed legislation expressly prohibiting such benefits. [read more]

US Visas LogoNews in Brief

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