The Department of Homeland Security announced on Monday that it is ending the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for over 200,000 Salvadorans who have lived and worked lawfully in the US for the past 17 years. The termination of TPS, however, will be delayed until September 9, 2019, in order allow individuals time to […]

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The Department of Homeland Security is reported to be considering changes to regulations that currently allow certain individuals in H-1B status to extend their status beyond the 6-year limit. The changes being considered would impact individuals who have an approved I-140, but are not yet able to apply for permanent residence (green card) due […]

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A panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday granted a preliminary stay of the lower court’s injunction, which had prevented the administration from enforcing the  latest version of President Trump’s travel ban. The current version of the travel ban applies to nationals from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, and Somalia.

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USCIS reports that employers are being targeted in an email scam requesting employers to submit I-9 information. The emails are reportedly sent from a fraudulent email, news@uscis.gov, and contain USCIS labels, employer addresses, and links to websites that appear government related. If you receive an email purporting to be from USCIS and requesting I-9 […]

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In a speech to the Heritage Foundation this week, acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tom Homan stated that ICE will dramatically increase worksite enforcement actions in 2018. When asked whether the agency would do more to target those who employ undocumented workers, Homan said that he has directed Homeland Security Investigations, ICE’s investigative unit, to […]

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday that the Trump Administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, or DACA, on March 5, 2018. The DACA program, which President Obama enacted by executive action in 2012, protects approximately 800,000 people who were brought to the United States as children without legal immigration status. In […]

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Beginning October 1, USCIS will expand the in-person interview requirement to include two new categories of permanent resident applications. The in-person interview requirement will extend to include applicants filing for employment-based adjustment of status, as well as refugee and asylee relative petitions for beneficiaries already in the United States. Notably, both categories are applicants who […]

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In an unannounced dramatic change in policy, USCIS has changed how it is handling advance parole applications for adjustment applicants in H or L status.

Previously those applicants with H or L status could freely travel after their adjustment of status application was filed and their application for advance parole was pending with USCIS. Such […]

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

During a recent stakeholder call with USCIS, Associate Director of Field Operations Directorate, Dan Renaud, discussed the new interview requirement for employment-based adjustment of status applicants. Although it is not official agency guidance, a summary of the stakeholder call compiled by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) … read more

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