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Update on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Bimonthly Immigration Newsletter: June 2016

Filing Fee Increases for Most Popular Applications and Petitions

In May, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) published a proposed rule to increase the fees on nearly all immigration forms. The increased filing fees will be felt across the spectrum of immigration law... [read more]




Immigration Benefits for Old Veterans and New Allies

The U.S. Senate and the USCIS have both recently made efforts to provide more immigration opportunities for military veterans and allies of the United States. These policy changes span two wars and three generations, from the mountains of Afghanistan to the islands of the Philippines... [read more]


Employers with a Pending I-129 Extension/Change May Submit a Service Request after Seven Months

Form I-129 is frequently used by employers because it covers several very popular employment-based visa categories, such as H, L, O, P, E, TN, and R. These submissions are handled primarily by USCIS’s California and Vermont service centers. [read more]

 


Adjustment of Status and Registry Applicants Should Double Check Combo Card for Travel Authorization Before Travelling Abroad

Applications for combination employment authorization (EAD) and advance parole (AP) cards are normally concurrently filed with adjustment of status applications and for those adjusting based on registry. These...cases (Forms I-765 and I-131) are normally approved... [read more]



Two Lawsuits Challenge the Government’s H-1B Lottery System

Recently, two lawsuits have been filed in federal district court challenging various aspects of the H-1B lottery system. The first case is a class action filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon against USCIS and alleges that the randomized lottery system used to select a limited number of H-1B petitions for processing is “arbitrary and capricious.” [read more]


Three-Month Wait Times for NIV Appointments at U.S. Consular Posts in India

U.S. consular posts in India are currently experiencing extraordinary wait times for nonimmigrant visa (NIV) interview appointments as a result of increased demand. As of early June, the current wait times for all NIV categories other than B, F, and J are: Chennai, 75 days; Hyderabad, 93 days; Kolkata, 96 days; Mumbai, 88 days; and New Delhi, 100 days.[read more]



USCIS Permits Biometrics Collection Abroad, But Only in Rare and Compelling Circumstances

USCIS will now permit biometrics to be collected abroad in certain “rare” and compelling circumstances. Biometrics collection for certain applications, such as Form I-131 (Application for Reentry Permit), may be taken at a USCIS office abroad, even if the collection was originally scheduled at an ASC office in the United States. [read more]

Affirmative Asylum Applicants’ Wait for Interview Ranges from 1½ to 5 Years

USCIS has released a new bulletin that shows the expected waiting times between filing an asylum application and appearing for an interview for each office. The typical waiting time is two years, though some offices are taking longer. [read more]




USCIS Publishes Performance Data for Certain Cases

USCIS recently has issued performance data for the L-1B, T, U, and EB-5 visas, as well as naturalization cases. In FY2015, USCIS received well over 13,000 petitions for L-1B visas, which apply only to employees with “specialized knowledge” in an international company.
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News in Brief

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