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Update on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Bimonthly Immigration Newsletter: February 2015

Calendar of April 2015H-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, 2016, for work that commences on October 1, 2016. [read more]

Presdient Obama with dreamersFederal Judge in Texas Blocks Administration’s Executive Actions on Immigration

Late on February 16, a federal judge in Brownsville, Texas ordered a halt, at least temporarily, to President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, siding with Texas and 25 other states that filed a lawsuit opposing initiatives that would offer protection from deportation... to as many as five million undocumented immigrants. [read more]

US Visa with StampObtaining a Temporary I-551 Stamp Due to a Delayed I-90

An individual with a pending I-90 who needs evidence of permanent resident status for work, travel, or to obtain a state-issued driver’s license should be able to obtain a temporary I-551 stamp in his or her passport at a local USCIS office. [read more]


USCIS I-129 FormNew I-129 Form Work Visas Goes Into Effect May 1

USCIS released a new Form I-129 Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, that is visually and substantively different from the prior edition. The new form, containing an edition date of 10/23/14, includes a number of new attestations that must be made by the preparer.  [read more]

Flag of IndiaVisa Bulletin Update: EB-2 India Advances Significantly in March; China EB-2 and EB-3 Also Advance

In March, the employment-based second preference (EB-2) cut-off date for India advances by 16 months — from September 1, 2005, to January 1, 2007 — and is expected to continue to advance in April and beyond, although not so significantly. [read more]

Flag of ChinaNVC Processing of Chinese EB-5 Immigrant Visa Applications

In December 2014, the National Visa Center (NVC) began converting pending Chinese employment-based fifth preference (EB-5) immigrant visa applications from a paper format to an electronic processing format. It appears that NVC also may have reissued case numbers for pending Chinese EB-5 applications, changing the prefix from GUZ to GZO. [read more]

Screenshot of I-94 websiteLocating and Printing Automated Form I-94 and Travel History After Each Trip Abroad

USCIS and DOS have recently collaborated in the development of a new policy on the effect of assisted reproductive technology (ART) on immigration and acquisition of citizenship. In an October 28 announcement... [read more]

travel documentsThousands of Asylum Seekers and Others Feel Brunt of Immigration Court Overload

Due to an influx of migrants from Central America... thousands of other foreign nationals waiting for their cases to be heard through the immigration courts have had their interviews canceled. [read more]

newborn babyGuidance on Home Residency Requirement and Adjustment for J-2 Derivatives Based on J-1 Naturalization under Special Program

A J-1 exchange visitor subject to the two-year home residency requirement who enlists in the military under the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program is not required to comply with the foreign residence requirement... [read more]


Form AR-11Foreign Nationals are Reminded to Notify USCIS of Address Changes

Under the immigration rules, foreign nationals residing in the United States are required to update their address with USCIS within 10 days of moving, and can do so at the USCIS website or by filing a Form AR-11. [read more]

Flag of SyriaNews in Brief

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Attorney Jennifer NissenCongratulations to Attorney Jennifer Nissen for being named a Wisconsin Law Journal 2015 Leader in the Law

All of us at the firm are proud of the work that Attorney Jennifer Nissen has done on behalf of children and mothers fleeing violence in Central America. Her work has included two weeks at detention centers in New Mexico and Texas as well as additional assistance from our offices. We are glad that her efforts have been recognized by the Wisconsin Law Journal.