On Wednesday, the Trump administration’s proposed rule for eliminating the H-4 EAD was submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review.  The administration had previously published an agenda item in December of 2017 titled Removing H-4 Dependent Spouses from the Class of Aliens Eligible for Employment Authorization, indicating their intent […]

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A federal district judge in Seattle has ordered the Defense Department to stop discriminating against naturalized citizens who volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army under the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program. The MAVNI program was created in 2009 to attract immigrants with specialized skills such as critical foreign language […]

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On January 22, 2019, the Washington Post and Politico reported that the Supreme Court is unlikely to review the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit’s decision on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) this term.  The 9th Circuit blocked the Trump administration from ending DACA, and SCOTUS’ decision not to intervene this term […]

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On November 30, 2018 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a proposal to amend the regulations regarding the allocation process for H-1B cap-subject petitions. Under the proposed rule, all U.S. employers seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions would need to first electronically register with U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) during a designated […]

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On November 9, 2018 President Trump issued a presidential proclamation that, in conjunction with a joint interim final rule issued by the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice, bars individuals from seeking asylum who enter outside of designated ports of entry at the U.S. – Mexico border. Under this “asylum […]

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The United States Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) recently issued a reminder to F-1 students with pending H-1B petitions that work authorization for those students in “cap-gap” status is valid only through September 30, 2018. Any student in cap-gap status with an H-1B petition that remains pending on October 1, 2018 should not work […]

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On August 9, 2018, USCIS issued a new policy memorandum revising the determination as to when individuals who enter the United States on certain nonimmigrant visas (F, J, and M) begin to accrue “unlawful presence.”

Generally, academic students (F), exchange visitors (J), and vocational students (M) are admitted to the U.S. for the “duration […]

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In an official Policy Memorandum issued on Friday, USCIS announced that the agency will be changing its longstanding policy on issuing denials without first requesting additional evidence to demonstrate eligibility for the immigration benefit being sought.

Since 2013, USCIS has instructed its adjudicators to issue a Request for Evidence (RFE) or a Notice of […]

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USCIS Clarifies New Interview Requirement for Employment-Based Adjustment of Status

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