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Update on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Bimonthly Immigration Newsletter: June 2015

Judge Stephen A. HigginsonUpdate on President’s Executive Action on Immigration

On May 26, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit denied the federal government’s request for an emergency stay of the preliminary injunction that temporarily halted the implementation of some of President Obama’s deferred action initiatives.
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Two Arab workers with iPad at a worksiteEmployers Must File Amended H-1B Petition When Employee’s Worksite Changes, Effective Immediately

On April 9, 2015, the USCIS... issued a precedent decision... which held that employers are required to file an amended H-1B petition if moving an employee to a worksite location that requires the employer to certify a new Labor Condition Application (LCA). [read more]


Silloutte of Family against a brick wallPush to End Family Detention

On May 27, 2015, 136 House members joined together to call for an end to family detention. In their letter to the White House and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the House members called DHS’s decision to increase family detention rather than use alternatives “morally reprehensible…immoral and inhuman,” ... [read more]



Form I-539More New Versions of Common Immigration Forms: I-539 and I-907; Other New Forms Also Released

USCIS has released new forms that are commonly used in the filing of immigration cases. These include... Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, required 7/6/15, and... I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service... as of 6/1/15. [read more]


US Permanent Resident Card 2010-05-11Applicants for Green Card Renewals are Reminded of Attestation Regarding Veracity of Information Contained in I-90 Application

DHS has advised applicants who file an application to replace their green cards, Form I-90, that within the next several weeks they will see new language in their biometric appointment notices... [read more]



Group of People and GavelClass Action Filed Against USCIS and DHS for Unlawful Delays in Adjudicating Applications for Employment Authorization

In May, a nationwide, class action lawsuit was filed against USCIS and DHS for delaying the adjudication of applications for employment authorization documents (EADs). [read more]



British Birth CertificateIs Your Birth Certificate Really Unavailable?
How to Find Out and What to Do If it Is

As applicants for permanent residency learn, a birth certificate with their date and place of birth and parents’ names reflected on the document is required for adjustment of status or immigrant visa processing at a consular post. [read more]



Flag of the PhillipinesVisa Bulletin Update

While most visa categories in the Visa Bulletin have moved forward about a month, significantly, the Philippines Employment Third and Other Worker visa categories are now “unavailable” for the month of July. [read more]




The SMPTE color bars, an example of a test card.Technical Problems Continue at NVC with Immigrant Visa Processing; Overseas Passport and Visa System Also Experiencing Technical Difficulties

On June 4, 2015, the National Visa Center (NVC) confirmed that developers are working on solutions to three areas experiencing high incidence of error messages... [read more]




Flag of NepalImmigration Relief Measures for Yemini and Nepalese Nationals; TPS for Nepalese Nationals Now on DHS/USCIS Regulatory Review

USCIS advised recently on the availability of immigration relief measures that may assist eligible Yemini and Nepalese nationals in light of the current unstable security situation in Yemen and the April earthquake that struck Nepal. [read more]



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