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Update on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Bimonthly Immigration Newsletter: April 2015

US Visa with StampUpdate on FY2016 H-1B Cap-Subject Processing

On April 13, 2015, USCIS advised the public that it used a computer-generated random selection process, or lottery, to select petitions to meet the FY2016 cap. USCIS also announced that it received nearly 233,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period. [read more]



Presdient Obama with dreamersCertain H-4 Spouses Can Apply for Work Authorization Starting May 26

A new rule goes into effect on May 26, 2015, that will permit H-4 spouses of certain H-1B employees to apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Currently, H-4 spouses are not permitted to work. Under the new rule, in order to obtain work authorization, the H-4 spouse must establish one of two requirements... [read more]

USCIS I-129 FormUSCIS Issues Policy Memo on L-1B “Specialized Knowledge” Workers

USCIS has released its long-awaited guidance on the L-1B “specialized knowledge” visa category, intended to provide clarification on how L-1B employer-petitioners may demonstrate that an employee possesses specialized knowledge. [read more]

Calendar of April 2015Update on Federal Court Challenge to President’s Executive Action on Immigration

As previously reported, on February 16, 2015 a federal district court judge in Texas ordered a halt, or temporary injunction, to President Obama’s executive actions on immigration... Shortly afterwards, Judge Hanen also denied the Department of Justice’s motion to stay the temporary injunction.[read more]

Flag of IndiaNew Versions of Common Immigration Forms — G-28 and I-129 — Go Into Effect; Other New Forms Also Released

USCIS has released a couple of new forms that are commonly used in the filing of immigration cases. Specifically, a new Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative, and Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker. Also... [read more]

Flag of ChinaTwo Million People Deported Since President Obama Took Office

In October 2014, the Pew Research Center analyzed recently released DHS data and reported that the Obama Administration deported a record 438,400 unauthorized immigrants in fiscal year 2013, continuing a streak of stepped up enforcement that resulted in more than 2 million deportations since Obama took office. [read more]

Screenshot of I-94 websiteDepartment of State Conducts Site Visits for J-1 Host Organizations

The Department of State’s (DOS) Office of Private Sector Exchange Administration announced that it began performing site visits to J-1 intern and trainee host organizations in February 2015. Last spring, DOS performed similar visits... [read more]

travel documentsL-1 Checklist Now Used at U.S.-Canada Ports of Entry

In late 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) began using an L-1 checklist at U.S.-Canada ports of entry (POE), similar to the TN checklist deployed by the agency earlier in the year. [read more]

Flag of SyriaNews in Brief

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