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1K National Guard Personnel Sent to Texas Border

1K National Guard Personnel Sent to Texas Border The state of Texas is sending an additional 1,000 of its National Guard personnel to the Texas border. On June 21, 2019, Texas Governor Greg Abbott deployed one thousand National Guard soldiers to El Paso and the Rio Grande Valley.  Governor Abbott stated regarding the deployment, “The…

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USCIS Delivers Annual Report After Employee Suggestion

USCIS Delivers 2018 Annual Report After Employee Suggestion For the first time in nearly ten years, the USCIS delivers a statistical annual report providing key data and information about its responsibilities and results over the last five fiscal years. The report covers the rates of completions and approvals for various adjudicating applications, petitions, and requests,…

Jamaican H-2B Fraud Perpetrator Sentenced

Jamaican H-2B Fraud Perpetrator Sentenced An Orlando, Florida man, Mushia Smith, was sentenced to 10 months in prison after pleading guilty to H-2B visa fraud. He managed to dupe the USCIS and DOL into admitting more than 300 H-2B nonimmigrants from Jamaica over a period of time lasting at least from December, 2014, up to…

Kiwi Act Opens Door for Treaty Traders and Investors

Kiwi Act Opens Door for Treaty Traders and Investors Certain New Zealand nationals are now eligible to apply for either E-1 Treaty Trader or E-2 Treaty Investor status. Dubbed the Kiwi Act (Public Law No: 115-226), New Zealand has been added to the list of countries whose nationals are now eligible to apply for either…

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Members of Congress Spark USCIS Backlog Investigation

Members of Congress Spark USCIS Backlog Investigation Members of Congress have sparked an investigation into the USCIS’s backlog in adjudicating applications for immigration benefits. 82 Members of Congress signed their name to a May 10, 2019 letter requesting the Government Accountability Office investigate what they note is “… the current record-breaking backlog.” According to the…

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Past Social Media Accounts Part of Heightened Screening

Past Social Media Accounts Part of Heightened Screening It appears the collection of information related to visa applicant’s past social media accounts is now a priority for the Department of State and its various agencies. In line with President Donald J. Trump’s directive to increase vetting and screening of travelers to the United States, the…

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Agencies Uncover Large-Scale Marriage Fraud Scheme

Agencies Uncover Large-Scale Marriage Fraud Scheme At least a dozen agencies worked together to uncover a large-scale marriage fraud scheme operating out of Houston, Texas and throughout the state. So far, close to 100 indictments have been issued and at least 50 individuals involved are in custody, according to this ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement)…

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Potential Cap Increase for H-2B Workers

Potential Cap Increase for H-2B Workers The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security have teamed up to create a potential cap increase for H-2B workers for FY 2019. If the new rule goes into effect as currently planned, the cap for H-2B Temporary Nonagricultural Workers will be increased to…

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L-1 Pilot Program Extended for Canadians

L-1 Pilot Program Extended for Canadians In an effort to improve their services, the USCIS California Service Center, together with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) of the Blaine, Washington Port of Entry (POE), have extended their joint L-1 pilot program for Canadians applying for nonimmigrant status under the L-1 category until April 30,…