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Tag Archives: immigration general

USCIS Falls Way Behind on Asylum Interview Scheduling

Until fairly recently, USCIS’s Asylum Office in Arlington, VA, which covers applications from Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and Washington, DC, was scheduling interview within 3 months or so of filing.  However, due to a huge increase in applications from Central American and Middle East nationals, the Office has fallen behind by 3 years. According to USCIS’ […]

USCIS Reaches FY2017 H-1B Cap

On April 7th, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced has reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year (FY) 2017. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U.S. advanced degree exemption. USCIS will use a computer-generated process, also known as the lottery, to randomly select the […]

USCIS Issues Policy Memorandum on “Same or Similar” Occupations and Job Portability

On March 18, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services finalized its policy on determining whether a new job is in the “same or similar” occupational classification with respect to job portability. The policy memorandum instructs USCIS employees on how to use the Department of Labor’s Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) codes and other evidence to determine if […]

More Changes Coming to the Visa Waiver Program

February 18, 2016 DHS announced that it is continuing its implementation of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015, by adding Libya, Somalia, and Yemen as countries of concern, and limiting VWP travel for certain individuals who have traveled to these countries since March 1, 2011. At this time, […]

Update: Supreme Court grants Certiorari in Texas v. USA

1/20/2016 The Supreme Court has granted certiorari in Texas v. USA, and will rule on the legality of the centerpiece of President Obama’s program to lift the threat of deportation and to provide temporary work permits to an estimated 4 million undocumented individuals in the middle of a Presidential election year.  The case involves a challenge to the […]

The U.S. Immigration Bar Rightfully Condemns Bigoted, Discriminatory Rhetoric

Source: American Immigration Lawyers Association (Doc. 15120860) Central to the mission of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is the promotion of justice and advocacy for fair and reasonable immigration laws. AILA condemns any proposal that would treat someone differently based upon nationality or religion. Bigotry and discrimination are anathema to the principles upon which […]

What We Should Know About the Vetting Process for Syrian Refugees

Certain politicians are trying to block the United States from participating in our international obligation to accept refugees, if they happen to be Muslim or from Syria.  While I understand and agree that we must protect our peoples’ security,  why don’t we at least discuss the topic rationally and with accurate information? Bryan Naylor of […]

Jewish Group Advocates For and Provides Assistance to Muslims from Syria

HIAS, formerly Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, works around the world to protect refugees who have been forced to flee their homelands because of who they are, including ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities. For more than 130 years, HIAS has been helping refugees rebuild their lives in safety and dignity.  Support this group, which fosters much-needed understanding […]

50,000 Foreign-Born STEM Workers May Be Forced Home

An article in U.S. News & World Report reveals that as many as 50,000 workers in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields may be forced to leave the United States early next year, unless the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) acts soon to reissue a rule that extends the optional practical training (OPT) […]

New Procedure for Determining When to File Adjustment of Status

USCIS has sent out an alert that the State Department’s Visa Bulletin has changed as of October 2015.   Due to a long-existing shortage of Immigrant Visas, the backlog for some immigration categories results in a multi-year delay, for example 10 years for EB-2 Indians and more for EB-3 Indians.  When an application is filed in an […]

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