Supreme Court Decision Upholds ICE Detention without Bail

Supreme Court Decision Upholds ICE Detention without Bail for Serious Crimes On March 19, 2019, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court held that immigrants who are illegally present in the United States that have certain criminal records can be held without bail while awaiting immigration proceedings, even if ICE didn’t immediately detain them upon…

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USCIS Closing Moscow Field Office

USCIS Closing Moscow Field Office The USCIS Moscow Field Office is closing. On March 29, 2019, the USCIS is permanently closing its Moscow Field Office. The office closed its doors to the public on February 28, 2019, and is no longer accepting applications. The reason the agency gives for the closure is a significantly decreased…

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USCIS RFEs Three-Fifths of H-1Bs

USCIS RFEs Three-Fifths of H-1Bs Three-Fifths, or 60%, of H-1B completions received RFEs during Q1 of Fiscal Year 2019 An H-1B visa allows employers to temporarily employ non-immigrant workers in specialty occupations. During the First Quarter FY 2019 (Oct – Dec), the USCIS approved 76,176 H-1B visa applications, and denied 24,851, for a total of…

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GAO Publishes Review of DHS 2017 Overstay Report

GAO Publishes Review of DHS 2017 Overstay Report DHS and GAO collaborate to develop and improve reporting on via overstays. The Government Accountability Office (GAO), has published its review of the Department of Homeland Security’s 2017 overstay report. Notably, this report identified 702,000 visa overstays during FY 2017. The 2018 Explanatory Statement for the Homeland…

DHS Extends TPS for Four Countries

DHS Extends TPS for Four Countries The Department of Homeland Security has extended Temporary Protected Status for four countries: Haiti, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Sudan. On February 28, 2019, the United States Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) posted this document, which extends TPS for the four countries, Haiti, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Sudan. The document,…

USCIS to Implement Agile Processes

USCIS to Implement Agile Processes The USCIS has hired Leidos to help speed up the delivery of its services to customers. Leidos, a civil, defense, health, and intelligence technology company, has won a $93 million dollar bid from the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) to implement Agile processes. Customers of the USCIS often…

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H-1b Visa Program Rules Updated

H-1b Visa Program Rules Updated Effective April 1, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security and USCIS published a new final rule amending the H-1b cap-subject petitions, and its impact will be felt on employers, employees with advanced degrees, as well as those with bachelor’s degrees (and equivalencies).  The new rules change the process through which…

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USCIS Completed I-751 Removal of Condition Data Entry

USCIS Completed I-751 Removal of Condition Data Entry October 30, 2018 – USCIS Continuing Form I-751Removal of Condition Data Entry USCIS has completed receipting and data entry for all filings of Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence that were received between May 1 and September 9, 2018. If you submitted a Form I-751…

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USCIS Investigates Fraudulent Practice of Immigration Law

USCIS Investigates Fraudulent Practice of Immigration Law Veronica Perdomo was investigated and convicted by the USCIS of the fraudulent practice of immigration law. Immigrants experience many hardships as they take on a relentless journey to a new country where they soon will call home. One of these hardships includes others taking advantage of them. Recently…

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Federal Judge Temporarily Stops Termination of TPS

Federal Judge Temporarily Stops Termination of TPS TPS Update: Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, and El Salvador. Federal Judge Temporarily Stops Termination of TPS – On Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018, U.S. District Judge Edward Chen granted a preliminary injunction against the Trump Administration’s decision to discontinue temporary protected status (TPS) for people from Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, and…