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TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS FOR HAITI EXTENDED FOR

"DHS Secretary will Re-Evaluate Designation Later This YearRelease Date: May 24, 2017WASHINGTON— Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly has exte...

DOCUMENTS RELATING TO MARYLAND CASE CHALLENGING EX

The Fourth Circuit Court of appeals has suspended entry of nationals of six Muslim majority countries for 90 days. "Attorney General Jeff Sessions iss...

EXECUTIVE ACTIONS ON H-1BS

As of May 25th, AILA released government announcements related to H-1Bs and Executive Order 13788. http://www.aila.org/advo-media/issues/immigration-2...

PROCESSING TIME REPORTS

USCIS has released its time reports for its service centers, follow the link below to see detailed reports. http://www.aila.org/infonet/processing-tim...

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION BUDGET AIMS TO UNDERMINE DUE

AILA opposes Trump administration 2018 Fiscal year budget request. This budget would call for increased immigration enforcement and detention. In addi...

AILA’S ADVOCACY ACTION CENTER

On May 23rd, the House Judiciary committee is scheduled to create a series of bills that will ultimately oppose President Trump's deportation plan. Th...

DHS RELEASES FY2016 ENTRY/EXIT OVERSTAY REPORT

As of May 22nd 2017, The DHS has released a report with the data of departures and overstays by foreign visitors that were expected to depart in FY201...

EOIR RELEASES ASYLUM STATISTICS FOR FY2012 THROUGH

EOIR releases statistics based on nationality on asylum cases from FY2012-FY2016http://www.aila.org/infonet/eoir-asylum-statistics-for-fy2012-2016

FRIDAY FAM FOR MAY 19, 2017

This edition outlines the "correlation between the respective periods of visa and petition validity for L-1 visas" 9 FAM 402.12 contains information r...

AILA COMMENTS ON DOS REQUEST FOR EMERGENCY OMB APP

AILA posts a public comment on the DOS request for emergency OMB approval on the form DS-5535, supplemental questions for visa applicants. http://www....

FOIA REVEALS USCIS STATISTICS ON P PETITIONS FOR F

"USCIS released records on 4/18/17 in response to a FOIA request for statistics on initial P petitions and extension requests, including numbers recei...

H-1B LOTTERY DOCUMENTS RELEASED IN FOIA SUIT

Last year, 521 records of the USCIS's operating procedures on the administration of the H-1B lottery were witheld. In response, The American Immigrati...

USCIS EFFORTS IN INVESTIGATING LARGE-SCALE IMMIGRA

TAMPA, Fla. — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) assisted in an investigation that led to U.S. District Judge Charlene E. Honeywell sen...

THE PERILS OF EXPEDITED REMOVAL

This special report goes over the horrible disadvantages of expedited removal with detention of current non-citizens in the immigration system. Many w...

VISA BULLETIN FOR JUNE 2017

The DOS has posted notes on visa availability for employment based categories. In addition,"As of May 9, 2017, USCIS has not advised whether in June 2...

USCIS ASSISTS IN INVESTIGATION LEADING TO CONVICTI

LOS ANGELES — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) assisted in an investigation that led to a federal jury finding Jason Shiao guilty in ...

AFFIRMATIVE ASYLUM SCHEDULING BULLETIN (5/5/17)

USCIS has scheduled a bulletin that explains how the Asylum Division has prioritized the adjudication of affirmative applications for asylum."This bul...

EXECUTIVE ORDER AIMS TO REFORM SPECIALIZED VISA PR

President Trump has made an executive order on April 21st for a specialized visa program for foreign workers. This order proposes new rules that will ...

STATE DEPT. SEEKS TOUGHER VISA SCRUTINY, INCLUDING

According to a document published May 4th 2017, the DOS has proposed tougher questioning for visa applicants that warrant extra scrutiny. President Tr...

USCIS COMPLETES DATA ENTRY OF FISCAL YEAR 2018 H-1

"USCIS announced on May 3, 2017, that it has completed data entry of all fiscal year 2018 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in our computer-generate...

USCIS WILL IMPLEMENT NEW INTERPRETER POLICY ON MAY

"The policy memorandum “The Role and Use of Interpreters in Domestic Field Office Interviews” became USCIS policy on Jan. 17, 2017. However, to give U...

TRAVELING ON A TN OR L-1 VISA FROM CANADA?

Optimize Your Processing at these U.S. Ports of EntryBeginning in mid-September, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is optimizing processing for...

OBAMA WILL ‘MAKE GOOD’ ON IMMIGRATION REFORM PROMI

President Obama will “make good” on his promise to implement eexecutive actions on immigration by the end of the year, press secretary Josh Earnest sa...

OBAMA H-1B REFORM PLAN DRAWS GRASSLEY’S IRE

The Iowa senator takes issue with president’s plans on immigrationPresident Barack Obama plans to make the H-1B system “more efficient” through execut...

MILITARY TO ALLOW UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS TO SERVE

A small number of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. will have an opportunity to join the military for the first time in decades under a new Departme...

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