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Inefficient H-2A Visa Program Costs U.S. Farmers

An article today in The Huffington Post highlights the negative impact of slow immigration reform on America's farmers. Specifically, inefficiencies in the H-2A temporary agricultural worker ...
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National Law Review: EB-5 Industry Speaks with One Voice on Renewal and Reauthorization

The National Law Review reports that on Tuesday the leading EB-5 stakeholder groups, including AILA, sent a letter to key Senate and House leaders in support of extending the EB-5 Regional Center ...
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AILA Comments on Proposed Requirements for Signatures on Applications and Petitions Filed with USCIS

AILA submitted comments in response to the USCIS interim policy memorandum on requirements for signatures on petitions, applications, and all other documents filed with USCIS, published on June 7, ...
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Immigration Lawyers Sue for Transparency in H-1B Lottery

Two of the nation's leading immigration legal associations announced today that they are filing a lawsuit with the aim of compelling the federal government to release more information about the ...
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USCIS Reminder Message: Idea Community Feedback on Potential EB-5 Regulatory and Policy Changes, 05/11/2016

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is asking for feedback about possible changes to the regulations and policies governing EB-5 visas: Dear Stakeholder, This message serves as a ...
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USCIS Message: Processing Times

Recent months have seen news headlines about the delays in processing times for many types of visas. Today the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a statement on the ...
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Counseling Clients on the New STEM OPT Regulations

On May 10, 2016, the new DHS final rule that allows certain F-1 STEM students who have elected to pursue 12 months of optional practical training (OPT) in the United States to extend the OPT period by ...
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AAO Releases New Average Processing Times

The USCIS Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) released a new processing time report, with processing dates as of April 1, 2016.
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DOL Provides H-1B Statistics for the Second Quarter of FY2016

DOL's Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) provided statistics on H-1Bs as of March 31, 2016, including the number of labor condition applications (LCAs) received and processed, as well as ...
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Q&As from AILA Liaison Meeting with DOS

DOS provided answers to questions raised by AILA during the April 7, 2016, meeting with the AILA DOS Liaison Committee. Topics discussed included communicating with consular posts, blanket L visa ...
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Defending DAPA and Expanded DACA Before the Supreme Court: A Guide to United States v. Texas

The American Immigration Council released a guide that provides brief answers to common questions about United States v. Texas, the case challenging President Obama's executive actions on ...
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May 2016 Visa Bulletin Released Today

DOS released the Visa Bulletin for May 2016, which includes "Application Final Action Dates" and "Dates for Filing Applications" for the family- and employment-based categories. ...
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Texas Service Center Now Processing Certain Form I-765 Cases

Today's announcement from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: USCIS recently began transferring certain cases from the Vermont Service Center to the Texas Service Center to balance ...
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DHS Launches Known Employer Pilot Program

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently launched a new Known Employer pilot program for hiring foreign nationals. The program, if implemented, would involve a modified process for USCIS to ...
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Proposed Changes to the EB-5 Visa for Immigrant Investors

For every person who believes the EB-5 visa program for immigrant investors is great, there is at least one other person who believes it is time to add some specific and necessary changes to the ...
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USCIS Issues Guidance on Adjustment of Status Policies and Procedures

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services provides an update about policies and procedures for adjustment of status: Effective February 25, 2016, new guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual provides ...
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Updated I-140 Immigrant Petition

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published an updated edition of the Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker. This form is used by an alien worker to become a permanent resident ...
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DHS Final Rule Enhances Opportunites

Yesterday USCIS tweets that the DHS posted their final rule. This rule amends regulations for H-1B1, E-3, CW-1 Nonimmigrants and Certain EB-1 Immigrants. Check out the link below for more information. ...
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Administrative Appeals Office Approves National Interest Waiver for Specialty Care Physician

Important news from the American Immigration Council: Washington, D.C. – The American Immigration Council applauds the Administrative Appeals Office’s (AAO) decision to withdraw the Texas ...
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The Consequences Of Justice Scalia's Death

With the passing of Justice Scalia, the Republicans lost their 5-4 majority on the Supreme Court. Read the article below for on the implications and major decisions they will face this year. ...
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EB-5 Regional Center Program Bill is Extended

In one of our previous immigration law blog entries, we discussed some of the reasons why EB-5 visas are controversial among legislators and immigrants alike. In particular, some people believe the ...
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Flaws and Loopholes of EB-5 Visas for Immigrant Investors

In an effort to encourage job market growth from foreign partners and countries, the Immigration Act of 1990 created the EB-5 visa for immigrant investors. By investing anywhere between half-a-million ...
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Major Issues with the PERM Program

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has been receiving multiple reports from members in different areas of the country but all dealing with the same concerning issue. On the United ...
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Changes to Visa Bulletin and Permanent Residence Applications

The Department of State and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have recently made a joint announcement that concerns immigrants and their families all across the country. ...
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Accept More Syrian Refugees, States Obama

The New York Times has reported on a recent declaration of President Obama. (The full article may be seen here.) The President has told his administration to take in at least another 10,000 displaced ...
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