Category Archives: Immigration

Supreme Court Tie Blocks Expansion of DACA and Creation of DAPA

Disappointing many, the U.S. Supreme Court has tied 4-4 in a case appealing a nationwide injunction on the Obama Administration’s executive action expanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and creating the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) programs. United States v. Texas, No. 15-674 (June 23, 2016). The …

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July 2016 Visa Bulletin Released

Projections include EB-1 Cutoff Date for China and India, Slow EB-2 and EB-3 Movement, EB-4 Backlogs for Latin America to ease, and EB-5 China to advance slightly.   This week, the Department of State (DOS) has released the July 2016 Visa Bulletin. We are three months from the end of the fiscal year and the dwindling …

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Draft Form I-765V, EAD Application for Abused Nonimmigrant Spouse: Comments Open

On May 27, USCIS posted for comment on the Federal Register draft versions of Form I-765V, Application for Employment Authorization for Abused Nonimmigrant Spouse and its instructions. Under section 106 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, abused spouses of certain nonimmigrants are eligible for employment authorization: i.e., the spouses of foreign nationals in the following …

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USCIS Proposes Immigration Increase . . . in Immigration Fees that is

On May 4, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding changes to the USCIS filing fee schedule. USCIS is proposing to raise immigration benefit application filing fees by an average of over 20%. USCIS is primarily funded by immigration benefit request fees charged to the applicants, and these filing …

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June 2016 Visa Bulletin Update

Immigration entry stamp on the inside page of a passport.  Note that I have deliberately left the background inky and blotchy.

The Department of State (DOS) has released the June 2016 Visa Bulletin that includes the “Application Final Action Dates” and “Dates for Filing Applications.” For both family-sponsored and employment-based filings, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) website indicates that the Application Final Action Dates chart must be used for May 2016. Please see below for the Application …

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Department of State Releases May 2016 Visa Bulletin

The US Department of State (DOS) has released its May 2016 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa availability and the flow of adjustment of status and consular immigrant visa application filings and approvals. A new geographic sector encompassing El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras has been added …

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Supreme Court’s Decision on Future of DACA and DAPA

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Supreme Court argument has taken place in United States v. Texas, a high-stakes, hotly contested case on the Administration’s executive programs that deferred possible deportation of millions of undocumented individuals. The Court’s expected June decision is likely to have far-reaching implications for employers. In 2012, the Obama Administration introduced through executive action Deferred Action for Childhood …

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H-1B Cap: The Receipts Are Trickling In!

On April 7, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it received more H-1B petitions than available under the statutory cap of 65,000 general-category visas and 20,000 U.S. Master’s visas for the fiscal year. Another record-breaking year: USCIS received over 236,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period. This is the fourth consecutive …

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Department of State Issues May 2016 Visa Bulletin

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The Department of State (DOS) has released the May 2016 Visa Bulletin with the Application Final Action Date chart for employment-based applications which reflects some modest movement for some applicants. The second and third preference categories for China-mainland born applicants had no movement. The second and third preference categories for India move ahead a few weeks to Nov. 22, 2008, …

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April 2016 Visa Bulletin Release

The Department of State (DOS) has released the April 2016 Visa Bulletin, with the Application Final Action Date chart for employment-based applications reflecting some substantial movement. The 2nd preference category for China-mainland born applicants has moved ahead one month to Sept. 1, 2012, and for India born applicants it has moved ahead a few weeks …

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