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U Visa Resource Guide Released

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security released its U Visa Law Enforcement Resource Guide on or about July 30, 2019. Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) and their Certifying Officers/Officials (COs) have a brand new U Visa resource guide to look at when trying to figure out Form I-918B. The DHS’s new guide contains a wealth of…

U-Visa Fraud Case Involves Staged Robbery

At least two individuals staged a robbery in this U-Visa fraud case. U-Visa fraud cases can get weird. A group of men staged a robbery as part of their plans to apply for U-Visas for Jose Pineda-Hernandez, Oscar Pineda-Martinez, and Miguel Bautista-Manuel, which was initially taken as a legitimate robbery and investigated by the Greenville…

USCIS International Field Offices Closure Updates

Updates on the closures of USCIS International Field Offices   Plans have changed regarding the closure of USCIS international field offices. On August 8, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) posted this announcement briefing the public on its efforts to improve adjudication efficiencies and shift some of its resources to the southern…

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USCIS Case Backlog Explained in New Testimony

USCIS case backlog explained in USCIS testimony, given jointly before the House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship, on July 16, 2019. On July 16, 2019, the USCIS testified regarding the current backlog of 2.4 million cases awaiting adjudication through Fiscal Year 2018. You can read the full written joint testimony of…

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Falls Church Immigration Enforcement a Federal Responsibility

Police Chief Mary Gavin reports Falls Church immigration enforcement is not a local police duty. On July 23, 2019, Falls Church Police Chief Mary Gavin issued a public statement regarding Falls Church immigration enforcement. The Falls Church News-Press reported Chief Gavin’s complete statement, which can be found here. “Our police officers do not take into…

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EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program to Undergo Some Remodeling

EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program updated rules take effect November 21, 2019. The USCIS is making major changes to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. Three significant factors played into the decision to revise the program, including economic inflation since the early 90s, the gerrymandering of TEAs (Targeted Employment Areas), and fears that the program itself has…

DHS Expands Scope of Expedited Removal to Fullest

Expanding the scope of expedited removal is the latest move from Acting Secretary McAleenan. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Kevin K. McAleenan, authorized a new designation for and expands the scope of expedited removal to its fullest under the INA. From the Notice, scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on July 23, 2019…

New Terror Threat Bulletin Released

Terror threat bulletin details trends in terror threats and environments. The new terror threat bulletin, formally named the National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin (NTAS), highlights the Department of Homeland Security’s renewed focuses and efforts to anticipate and combat terrorism in the United States homeland. The NTAS bulletin was released on July 18, 2019, and is…

U.S.-Guatemala Developing H-2A Foreign Labor Recruiter Program

The Two Countries are Coordinating to Address Irregular Flow of Migrants   The U.S. and Guatemala are working together to create an H-2A Foreign Labor Recruiter program. As of July 22, 2019, the two countries have reached no agreement on developing the H-2A Foreign Labor Recruit program. The nations hope that their efforts will address…

Naturalization Test to Change Every Ten Years

Naturalization Test to Change Every Ten Years The USCIS is changing the naturalization test, and will revise it decennially. On July 18, 2019, the USCIS announced that it will be changing the test every ten years, and is soon to release a new version. The USCIS is piloting a revised test this fall. They plan…