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Update on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Bimonthly Immigration Newsletter: February 2016

Supreme Court with Justice Scalia missing with question mark in his place.Supreme Court to Review Administration’s Executive Actions on Immigration

President Obama’s late 2014 executive order on immigration that would offer protection from deportation (and work permits) to more than four million undocumented immigrants has been tied up in the courts since February 16, 2015. [read more]


 


Picture of the Bill "Fair Day in Court for Kids Act"Democrats Introduce Bill that Would Mandate Legal Representation for Unaccompanied Children and Vulnerable Immigrants

On February 11, several Democratic senators introduced the “Fair Day in Court for Kids Act of 2016,” which mandates that unaccompanied children and vulnerable immigrants receive legal representation. [read more]


Business woman with glasses,  in front of computer, holding her thumb down.Long-Awaited Proposed Rules for High-Skilled Foreign Workers Modest in Scope

DHS and USCIS published long-awaited proposed rules on December 31 that address issues faced by high-skilled immigrants, but the majority of the changes are very modest and disappointing overall. [read more]



Commonweath of the Northern Marinans SealNew Rules Tweak Certain Nonimmigrant (E-3, H1-B1, CW-1) and Immigrant (Professor/Researcher) Visa Classifications

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published new rules, effective February 16, 2016, that tweak the eligibility requirements or the work authorization process for four visa classifications. [read more]


President Barack Obama works on the State of the Union address with Director of Speechwriting Cody Keenan and Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, in the Oval OfficeICE Raids Homes of Undocumented Immigrants

On January 2, 2016, the Obama Administration authorized Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to raid the homes of immigrant families who had illegally entered the United States through the southern border since 2014. [read more]




Flag of IndiaEmployment-Based Immigrant Visa Categories for India and China

Professionals from India and China face multiple-year visa waits because their employment-based (EB) visa categories are oversubscribed. Recently, however, there has been some significant forward movement, reducing wait times in some categories by as much as six months. [read more]



Poor Iraqi women and  girl with a babyH-1B Professional Visas — Preparation Begins for April Filings

Once again it is H-1B filing season, and, once again USCIS is likely to receive a record number of petitions and the full allocation of visa petitions in the first week of filing commencing April 1, 2016. [read more]




Photo of a man  with sunglasses in facial recognition softwareOne-to-One Facial Image Comparison Project at JFK Airport 

Last spring, travelers passing through customs at Dulles International Airport noticed new equipment being tested there.  That equipment was the one-to-one facial image comparisons assisting U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in identifying possible fraudulent usage of valid passports. [read more]


Sample of EAD cardWhat to Do When the Examiner at Your Adjustment Interview Requests Your EAD 

Local field offices can ask for EAD (Employment Authorization Document) cards from applicants at the conclusion of successful adjustment of status interviews. This is because once the application has been approved, the foreign national is no longer an applicant... [read more]

 


Photo of a man  with sunglasses in facial recognition softwareCopy of Approval Notice Sufficient for O and P Canadian Travelers

Some Canadian O and P travelers recently have been told by CBPofficers that their admission may be denied for not having the original I-797approval notices when they seek to enter the United States. [read more]

 


Sample of White I-94 cardLong-Ago Entry — What to Do If You Lost Your Passport and White I-94 Card and Need to Prove Your Entry

Some Canadian O and P travelers recently have been told by CBPofficers that their admission may be denied for not having the original I-797approval notices when they seek to enter the United States. [read more]


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