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Marijuana May Still Trigger Conditional GMC Bar

Marijuana May Still Trigger Conditional GMC Bar Marijuana may still trigger the conditional good moral character (GMC) bar on foreign citizens or nationals applying for naturalization, regardless of state laws. Marijuana remains a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act,  and is therefore not federally recognized as a drug with an accepted medical purpose.…

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H-1b Cap Reached for 2020

H-1b Cap Reached for 2020 On April 10, 2019, the USCIS received sufficient petitions to announce the H-1b cap was reached for 2020. Both the regular cap and the U.S. advanced degree exemption are limited by Congressional mandate. The regular cap was reached at 65,000 petitions, as announced here by the USCIS on April 5,…

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Enid Public Library Citizenship Class

Enid Public Library Citizenship Class On April 3, 2019, Tyler Christians visited the Enid Public Library Citizenship Class to discuss a variety of topics related to immigration. Some topics discussed were U.S. Citizenship / Naturalization, with an emphasis on meeting the various eligibility requirements, including the naturalization test and its components. Mr. Christians also fielded…

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Georgetown Day School Event 2019

Georgetown Day School Event 2019 Georgetown Day School Event – On April 8, 2019, Tyler Christians visited the Georgetown Day School to speak with six 8th grade students currently learning about immigration generally, its motivations, impact, and history in the United States, as well as current legal and illegal immigration processes and issues. Mr. Christians and…

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…