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Government Clarifies Standard for Obtaining National Interest Waiver

In a precedent decision, the USCIS Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) has revised the analytical framework for assessing eligibility for National Interest Waivers, a permanent residence category frequently used by experts in science, business and other fields.  The case is Matter of Dhanasar, 26 I&N Dec. 884 (AAO 2016). This means that USCIS may now grant […]

DHS Ends Discriminatory Post-9/11 Registration and Tracking Program for Muslim Males in the U.S.

Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officially ended a Bush-era registry created after 9/11 to track men from predominantly Muslim countries who were not U.S. citizens. The registry, known as the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), was shown to be ineffective and had not been used for years.  Nonetheless, the NSEERS structure remained […]

Immigration Lawyers See Caseloads Surge as Anxious Clients Brace for Trump

The Washington Post reports that immigration attorneys in the Washington area and across the country say they have seen a surge in calls, consultations and clients since Election Day, a growth fueled by Trump’s anti-immigrant campaign rhetoric and the across-the-board gains of Republicans with hard-line views on border issues.  Not only undocumented persons are concerned: […]

Senators Graham and Durbin Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect DREAMers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) welcomed the introduction of the “Bar Removal of Immigrants who Dream and Grow the Economy” or BRIDGE Act, a bipartisan bill authored by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL). William A. Stock, AILA President, noted, “The BRIDGE Act is designed to protect the […]

USCIS Revises Form I-9 (Verification of Employment Eligibility)

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. By January 22, 2017, employers must use only the new version, dated 11/14/2016. Until then, they can continue to use either the version dated 03/08/2013 or the new version. Among the changes in the new version, Section 1 […]

How Will a President Trump Change U.S. Immigration Policy?

Donald Trump made immigration restrictions an important part of his campaign platform.  Now that he is the President-elect, here are some ways he might change immigration policy, based on statements made during the campaign: He has pledged to immediately reverse President Obama’s executive actions that protect millions of young immigrants from deportation, Deferred Action for […]

USCIS Fees to Increase

Fees for immigration transactions will increase by an average of 21 percent beginning on December 23, 2016. Applications or petitions mailed, postmarked, or otherwise filed on or after December 23, 2016 must include the new fees. While the fees for some petitions will remain the same, others will see significant increases. According to USCIS, the […]

Instructions for 2018 Diversity Lottery

The Department of State has issued detailed instructions for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-18).  annually. Each year, the Congressionally enacted Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides for a class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants” from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. For Fiscal Year 2018, 50,000 Diversity Visas (DVs) will […]

Split Supreme Court Decision Blocks President Obama’s Immigration Plan

In a one-sentence 4-4 split decision on June 24, 2016, U.S. v. Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court let stand lower court rulings that block the Obama administration’s plan, known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA), to allow approximately 4 million parents of U.S. citizen children to remain in the United States and obtain […]

Immigration Processing Times

Follow these links to access current processing times of the USCIS Field Offices and Service Centers, the Department of Labor, or the Department of State’s latest Visa Bulletin with the most recent cut-off dates for visa numbers: USCIS Field Office and Service Center processing times online: https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/processTimesDisplay.do Department of Labor processing times and information on […]

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