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Update on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Bimonthly Immigration Newsletter: October 2015

November 2015 Dates of Filing ChartVisa Bulletin Changes

The Department of State (DOS) and USCIS announced new procedural changes to the Visa Bulletin that may provide some relief to immigrant visa applicants affected by current visa backlogs. [read more]



Poor Indian girl and babyUSCIS Issues “Extreme Hardship” Draft Guidance

On October 7, 2015, USCIS released draft guidance on what constitutes “extreme hardship” for purposes of an immigration waiver. The much-anticipated guidance is a component of the Administration’s executive actions on immigration announced in November 2014. [read more]


Silloutte of family over flags and globeUSCIS Proposal to Expand Provisional Waiver Program

USCIS has published proposed rules that would expand the provisional waiver process. The provisional waiver program allows foreign nationals who are eligible to apply for their green cards, but who are required to obtain a waiver of inadmissibility for having unlawful presence in the U.S., to file that application from within the U.S. ... [read more]

Silloutte of family over flags and globeFY2016 Refugee Admissions Set at 85,000, an Increase of Only 15,000

It’s official. The presidential determination on refugee admissions for the United States for FY2016 is a maximum of 85,000 refugees worldwide. This represents an uptick of only 15,000 refugees overall, with a commitment to resettle at least 10,000 Syrian refugees. [read more]

"visa denied" stamp in passport bookVisa “Refusals”: Applicants are Reminded of Disclosure Requirement on DS-160 Visa Applications

When a consular officer “refuses” to issue a visa, he or she may do so under a section of law referred to as “§221(g).” This can occur when the consular officer believes from the statements made by the applicant or in the documents submitted with the application that the person is ineligible for a visa. [read more]

Young woman patted down by CBP OfficerGuidance in Preparing PERM Labor Certification Applications

Most employers wanting to sponsor foreign national employees for green cards must become familiar with filing a PERM labor certification with the Department of Labor (DOL), a process that is meant to protect the U.S. job market. [read more]


Pretty Woman with Driver's LicenceAre Undocumented Immigrants Who Obtain Driver’s Licenses Targets of Enforcement Actions? No, Says ICE

Now that some states will issue driver’s licenses to undocumented individuals, there has been concern that those individuals might be targeted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)... [read more]

Judge Dolly GeeImmigrant Children Must Be Released from Detention Within Five Days

As expected, federal district court Judge Dolly Gee ruled in favor of immigrant children in the suit that was brought in February 2015, alleging that the government had breached a 1997 settlement agreement in which the government agreed not to detain such children anymore. [read more]

Older man and pretty woman with arms around, smilingNew Pamphlet and Instructions on Paying the USCIS $165 Immigrant Fee

Foreign nationals who obtain their immigrant visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad are required to pay a $165 USCIS immigrant fee in order to obtain their actual permanent resident card after they are admitted as lawful permanent residents. [read more]

Line of Elderly Soldiers with hats and medals on themDHS Announces Plans to Create Filipino WWII Veterans Parole Program

DHS announced that it is creating a parole program to allow certain family members of Filipino and Filipino American World War II veterans to receive parole to come to the United States. This parole program was first announced in November 2014 as part of the President’s executive actions on immigration... [read more]

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