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Major Immigration Changes

On Thursday evening, November 20, 2014, President Obama summarized his Immigration Accountability Executive Actions. This will signal the beginning of contentious political debate that should go on for at least the next few...more

11/24/2014 - Barack Obama Customs and Border Protection DACA DAPA Deportation DHS Employer Liability Issues Enforcement Executive Orders Immigration Reform STEM USCIS

USCIS Policy Alert on Effect of Assisted Reproductive Technology on Immigration and Citizenship

USCIS recently issued policy guidance, published in the USCIS Policy Manual and Adjudicator’s Field Manual, related to the use of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) and its effect on immigration petitions and derivative...more

10/30/2014 - Artificial Reproduction Citizenship Family Members Immigration Procedures USCIS

USCIS Launches New E-Verify Website

E-Verify is the internet-based system through which employers can verify the work eligibility of new hires. Upon hiring a new employee, the employer checks the employee’s information against Department of Homeland Security...more

10/9/2014 - DHS E-Verify Immigrants Social Security Adminstration USCIS Visas

USCIS Alert for Employers Regarding Certain Secure Stamps

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently alerted that on July 1, 2014, it began using blue ink for many of its secure stamps. The older secure red ink was retired and is no longer used by USCIS. ...more

9/25/2014 - DHS Form I-94 Political Asylum Refugees USCIS

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

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