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Update on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Bimonthly Immigration Newsletter: August 2015

Sunset over a cityEB-5 Investor and Three Other Popular Immigration Programs Set to Sunset September 30 Unless Reauthorized by Congress

Once again we are at that time of year when four popular programs – the EB-5 “Regional Center” Visa Program, the Conrad 30 Waiver Program for Foreign Physicians, the E-Verify Electronic Employment Verification Program, and the Religious Workers Immigrant Visa Program – will sunset unless reauthorized by Congress. [read more]

The U.S. District Court for the District of ColumbiaFederal District Court Finds DHS Extension of STEM OPT Invalid, But Stays Ruling until February 2016

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia held that a 2008 DHS interim final rule extending the period of post-graduation optional practical training (OPT) by 17 months for STEM students on F-1 visas was invalid because DHS promulgated the rule without notice and comment. [read more]

Interview with a man and woman at a tableOngoing Delays for Interview-Waivable Cases

Since 2013, there have been extensive adjudication delays of certain interview-waivable, family-based adjustment of status cases held at the National Benefits Center (NBC), with no real relief available while the case waits. [read more]

Korean man in glasses with DACA work permitCertain DACA Recipients with Three-Year EADS Must Return Them to USCIS

In response to the injunction challenging President Obama’s executive action on immigration (Texas v. United States), USCIS is taking extreme measures to retrieve three-year employment authorization documents... [read more]

Email Reply Graphic with letter and two people icons and arrowNVC Corrects Erroneous Letters Indicating Possible Termination of Immigrant Visa Applications

In July some visa applicants received e-mails from the National Visa Center (NVC) indicating that proceedings to terminate their immigrant visa application would commence, or that the application was being terminated for failure to contact the NVC... [read more]

Young woman patted down by CBP OfficerDetention of Immigrant Children – Litigated Some 30 Years Ago in Flores v. Reno – Back Before the Courts

In 1985, a lawsuit, Flores v. Reno, was brought against the government for detaining minor immigrant children in secure and unlicensed facilities. Twelve years later... the government entered into a nationwide settlement... not to detain such children anymore. [read more]

Sunset over a cityDHS to Implement Additional Security Measures to the Visa Waiver Program

DHS will be introducing a number of additional or revised security criteria for all participants in the Visa Waiver Program. These criteria will apply to both new and current members of the program... [read more]

Example of a Green Card without a signatureGreen Cards with “Signature Waived” are Acceptable for I-9 Purposes

USCIS has clarified that permanent resident cards that say “signature waived” are acceptable documents for Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, as long as they are unexpired... [read more]

thumb on fingerprint scannerCBP Testing New Technology to Collect Biometric Data from Departing Foreign Nationals

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has begun testing a mobile device to collect biometric data from a limited number of foreign national air travelers departing the United States. [read more]

Flag of NepalTPS Designation for Nepal

On June 24, 2015, DHS designated Nepal for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months based on the conditions resulting from the devastating 7.8 earthquake that struck that nation on April 25, 2015, and the subsequent aftershocks. [read more]

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