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Diversity Visa Program Opens Next Week Despite Administration’s Efforts

The entry period for the 2022 Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) Program will open on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and will close at noon EDT on Tuesday, November 10, 2022.  There is no cost to register. Individuals born in the following countries are not eligible to apply because more than... Continue Reading
October 2, 2020

Update: Federal Judge Files Amended Order in Gomez v. Trump

On September 15, 2020, Judge Amit P. Mehta filed an amended order in Gomez v. Trump in response to the Department of State’s (DOS) guidance regarding the processing of Diversity Visa applications. DOS had announced that it would not issue visas to applicants who were subject to the “14-Day Quarantine” rule if they were not... Continue Reading
September 17, 2020

Update: Extension of Wind Down for Salvadoran TPS Beneficiaries

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries from El Salvador will likely have a longer wind down period than beneficiaries from other countries impacted by the recent Ninth Circuit decision. In October 2019,  the United States entered into an agreement with El Salvador addressing national security concerns. El Salvador agreed to implement information sharing, border and aviation... Continue Reading
September 16, 2020

DHS to Propose Expansion of Biometrics Collection

On September 11, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will release a new regulation for notice-and-comment that proposes to expand the collection of biometric data and give DHS increased flexibility to deal with emerging needs. Here are a few highlights from the draft 328-page rule. Unless waived by DHS, any applicant, petitioner, sponsor, beneficiary,... Continue Reading
September 10, 2020

Foreign Student Status and Student Work Authorization

Foreign students wishing to study in this country may have whiplash over the Trump Administration’s many moves. Early in 2020, a federal court blocked the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from changing the rules regarding duration of status admission to the United States. Under the Trump Administration’s proposed policy, students might unknowingly accumulate unlawful presence... Continue Reading…
September 4, 2020

Foreign Student Status and Student Work Authorization

Foreign students wishing to study in this country may have whiplash over the Trump Administration’s many moves. Early in 2020, a federal court blocked the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from changing the rules regarding duration of status admission to the United States. Under the Trump Administration’s proposed policy, students might unknowingly accumulate unlawful presence... Continue Reading
September 4, 2020

USCIS EAD Mailing Expected under Approved Consent Order

The Consent Order and Final Statement (Order) in Subramanya v. USCIS, the case seeking the agency’s issuance of long-delayed Employment Authorization Documents (EADs), has been signed and issued. Under the Order, approximately 75,000 identified, delayed EADs are expected to be produced and mailed. The Order includes individuals who have EAD approval notices dated from December... Continue Reading
August 27, 2020

USCIS EAD Mailing Expected under Approved Consent Order

The Consent Order and Final Statement (Order) in Subramanya v. USCIS, the case seeking the agency’s issuance of long-delayed Employment Authorization Documents (EADs), has been signed and issued. Under the Order, approximately 75,000 identified, delayed EADs are expected to be produced and mailed. The Order includes individuals who have EAD approval notices dated from December... Continue Reading…
August 27, 2020

Update: USCIS Furloughs Expected in September Unless Congress Provides Funding

With a breakdown in talks on the latest COVID-19 stimulus package and with most senators and representatives out of town (though the House has been recalled from vacation to address the U.S. Postal Service crisis), USCIS has not received the $1.2 billion that it wants and says it needs to avoid furloughing two-thirds of its... Continue Reading…
August 17, 2020

Update: USCIS Furloughs Expected in September Unless Congress Provides Funding

With a breakdown in talks on the latest COVID-19 stimulus package and with most senators and representatives out of town (though the House has been recalled from vacation to address the U.S. Postal Service crisis), USCIS has not received the $1.2 billion that it wants and says it needs to avoid furloughing two-thirds of its... Continue Reading
August 17, 2020

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