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Update on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Bimonthly Immigration Newsletter: December 2015

144th Congress in SessionCongress Reaches Deal on 2016 Omnibus Bill; Bill Contains Reforms to Visa Waiver Program, Extension of Four Popular Immigration Programs

On December 15, Congress reached a deal on the FY2016 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, which funds the federal government through September 30, 2016. Congress is expected to vote on the bill later this week. [read more]

 


Poor Iraqi women and  girl with a babyRefugee Resettlement — What’s Happening and What is Lawful

The recent violent attacks in Paris, Beirut, and California have traumatized and saddened the world, including the United States. These despicable acts of violence have created very real concerns for our nation and our leaders, and have focused much public attention — media and otherwise — on immigrants and refugees coming to our shores. [read more]


Woman's hand with Engagement RingUSCIS Director Confirms Review of Fiancé Visa Program

The Director of USCIS, Leon Rodriguez, told lawmakers that USCIS is reviewing the K fiancé(e) visa program, and that the agency has been ordered to retroactively review such cases approved in recent years. [read more]




Deputy Secretary Blinken Meets With Estonian Foreign Minister Kaljurand in WashingtonNew Policy Will Restrict Work Authorization Eligibility
for Certain G-4 Dependents

Due to a new interpretation by the DOS of the reciprocity rules between the U.S. and other countries, G-4 dependents may be deemed ineligible for work authorization... unless a bilateral work agreement exists between the United States and the principal G-4’s country... [read more]


Border Patrol pat down of young hispanic womanDetention of Central American Families Continues,
and So Does the Fight in Court

In late October, a federal district court had ordered the government to bring its treatment of asylum-seeking families – Central American unaccompanied minors – into compliance with a 20-year old settlement agreement. [read more]



snapshot from U.S. ICE webpage on the SEVP Field Rep. Unit ICE Deploys Additional Student and Exchange Visitor Program Field Representatives to Work With U.S. Schools

In mid-December, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) added 16 additional field representatives to its staff to serve as liaisons between the nearly 9,000 U.S. schools that enroll international students. [read more]



U.S. visa with and Asian man named Shenyang and "EMPLOYER" typed in th annotation sectionE-3 and TN Visa Endorsement Issues

Under the Department of State’s current policy, visas are generally only annotated with the primary employer’s information. This is problematic for visas issued to beneficiaries with multiple employers... [read more]




two sections of form N-400 with red circlesApplying for Citizenship: Tips for Completing Form N-400

Applying for U.S. citizenship through the naturalization process is generally straightforward, especially if the lawful permanent resident (LPR) has not had previous immigration issues. For many LPRs, the process can be successfully completed without delay. [read more]




President Barack Obama talks on the phone in the Oval Office, Oct. 16, 2015. News in Brief

The following additional items may be of interest to our readers.