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Immigration Court Backlog Reaches All-Time High Due to Influx of Juvenile Immigrants

According to data obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, as of the end of June 2014, the number of cases awaiting resolution before the Immigration Courts has reached 375,503...more

7/18/2014 - Immigrants Unaccompanied Minors USCIS

Duplicate E-Verify Entries

A new feature in E-Verify will now provide a notification to users when a case is entered that includes the same Social Security number as another case entered in the previous 30 days. Oftentimes duplicate cases are entered...more

6/27/2014 - E-Verify Immigrants USCIS Visas

Revised USCIS Guidance: Form I-693 No Longer Required As Initial Evidence

Generally, all applicants for adjustment of status to that of a lawful permanent resident must submit Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, completed by a physician designated by the U.S....more

6/6/2014 - Evidence Immigrants Medical Examinations USCIS Visas

Surprise Site Visits for L-1 Employers Expected

Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS), a faction of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), confirmed recently in a stakeholder teleconference that the FDNS plans to start making surprise visits to employers...more

5/16/2014 - Fraud H-1B Immigrants Inspections L-1 USCIS Visas

Michigan Becomes Second State Approved EB-5 Regional Center

The State of Michigan announced last week that it received approval by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to operate a government run EB-5 regional center. The regional center will be the second state-run...more

4/18/2014 - EB-5 Economic Development Foreign Nationals Investors USCIS

How Do I Correct My Immigration Records After Resolving a Tentative Non-confirmation?

E-Verify compares information from an employee's Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to information compiled from various government agencies. If the information matches, the employee is eligible to work in the...more

3/4/2014 - E-Verify Immigration Records Recordkeeping Requirements Tentative Nonconfirmation USCIS

Employers Beware

As regularly reported in the news, the crackdown on employers by the federal government continues. If your company is targeted and I-9 violations are discovered, fines for simple paperwork violations, even if no undocumented...more

2/25/2014 - Employer Liability Issues I-9 Penalties Undocumented Immigrants USCIS Visas

Fiscal Year 2015 H-1B Filings

A reminder that filings requesting an H-1B number for Fiscal Year 2015 (beginning October 1, 2014) can be submitted to USCIS starting April 1, 2014. ...more

2/14/2014 - Filing Requirements H-1B Immigrants USCIS Visas

OPT STEM Extension Applications Denied in Error

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced recently that it has come to the attention of its Service Center Operations (SCOPS) that certain optional practical training (OPT) science, technology,...more

2/14/2014 - STEM USCIS

New Centralized Process for Civil Surgeon Designation

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced recently that it will be implementing a new process to receive and adjudicate applications for civil surgeon designation centrally at the National Benefits...more

2/7/2014 - Civil Surgeons USCIS

USCIS Issues Guidance Clarifying “Reason to Believe” Standard for I-601A Waivers

On January 24, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a Policy Memorandum clarifying the “reason to believe” standard for denying I-601A provisional unlawful presence waiver applications involving...more

1/30/2014 - Criminal Prosecution Deportation I-601A Immigrants USCIS Visas

Preparing for the 2014 H-1B Season and the April 1 Filing Date

Employers who wish to employ workers in the H-1B “specialty occupation” category starting on October 1, 2014, cannot file those applications earlier than six months in advance, or prior to April 1, 2014. The government has...more

1/28/2014 - Filing Deadlines H-1B Immigrants USCIS Visas

BIA Holds Pending Application for H-1B Extension Does Not Confer Lawful Status

On November 7, 2013, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), issued an unpublished decision sustaining the denial of an adjustment application and holding that the respondent had failed to maintain lawful status during the...more

1/13/2014 - F-1 Foreign Nationals Green Cards H-1B Human Resources Professionals Labor Certifications PERM Residency Requirements Residency Status USCIS Visas

Unpublished BIA Decision: E-2 Spouses Not Required to Obtain EAD

On November 5, 2013, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), issued an unpublished decision reversing the denial of an adjustment application and holding that the respondent was not required to obtain an employment...more

1/6/2014 - E-2 Employment Authorization Document Hiring & Firing Immigration Procedures USCIS

New E-Verify Memorandum of Understanding

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be releasing a new set of E-Verify memoranda of understanding (MOUs), which will become effective on December 8, 2013. The MOU is the legal document that must be executed...more

12/6/2013 - Compliance DHS E-Verify Immigrants Memorandum of Understanding USCIS Visas

USCIS Policy Memorandum on Family-Based Automatic Conversion and Priority Date Retention

On November 21, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a Policy Memorandum (Memorandum), providing guidance for properly assigning family-based priority dates in certain instances where a petitioner...more

11/26/2013 - CSPA Family Members Immigrants Immigration Reform Minors USCIS

The USCIS Extends Somalia TPS

On Friday, November 1, 2013, the USCIS extended the designation of Somalia for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months from March 18, 2014 through September 17, 2015, with a 60-day re-registration period running from...more

11/6/2013 - Extensions Temporary Protected Status USCIS

USCIS Publishes Interim Policy Memorandum Discussing STEM Extensions

On October 21, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted an interim memorandum for comment, entitled “17-Month Extension of Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) for F-1 Students enrolled in...more

11/1/2013 - F-1 STEM Students USCIS Visas

USCIS Improves Online Change of Address Tool

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently updated its online change of address tool to make the process of changing an address faster and easier. The new tool went live this past Friday and features a single...more

10/30/2013 - USCIS Websites

E-Verify Operations Resume After Government Shutdown

On October 17, 2013, E-Verify resumed operations after the government shutdown. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service has issued detailed guidance on how to handle E-Verify functions affected by the shutdown, which is...more

10/23/2013 - DHS E-Verify Government Shutdown Social Security Adminstration Tentative Nonconfirmation USCIS

Biometric Data to be Taken at USCIS Interviews

As of September 9, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has implemented the Customer Identity Verification (CIV) system in its field offices, which will enable local USCIS offices to take the fingerprints...more

9/17/2013 - Biometric Information Immigrants USCIS

U Visa Issuance Reaches Cap for Fourth Consecutive Fiscal Year

On September 6, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had approved the statutory maximum 10,000 petitions for U nonimmigrant status (U visas) for fiscal year 2013. This marks the fourth...more

9/13/2013 - U Visas USCIS Visas

2,300 Conditional Permanent Resident Cards Issued with Incorrect Expiration Date

The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), recently reported that approximately 2,300 conditional lawful permanent resident cards were issued with incorrect expiration dates. The incorrect cards were issued between...more

8/28/2013 - Permanent Residence Cards Plain Error USCIS

USCIS Finalizes Formal Procedures for Reopening Green Card and Fiancé(e) Applications Previously Denied Because of DOMA

On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court held that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. Following that decision, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will approve...more

8/9/2013 - DOMA Green Cards Marriage Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS US v Windsor USCIS Visas

USCIS Redesigns Special Certificate Of Naturalization and Certificates of Citizenship (Posthumous)

On Aug. 5, USCIS will start issuing redesigned certificates including: Form N-578, Special Certificate of Naturalization; Form N-645, Certificate of Citizenship (Posthumous); Form N-645A, Certificate of Citizenship...more

7/30/2013 - Citizenship USCIS

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