CRS Report Addresses the Employment Based Immigration Backlog

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The employment-based immigration backlog for lawful permanent residence in the United States is expected to double by 2030, according to a Congressional Research Service (CRS) report published on March 26, 2020. The report provides an analysis of the projected priority date wait times for three employment-based immigration categories — EB1, EB2 and EB3 — along …

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United States Places Arrival Restrictions on Flights from China, Iran and Europe

United States Places Arrival Restrictions on Flights from China, Iran and Europe

The Trump Administration has announced a number of travel restrictions in an effort to contain the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. All foreign nationals from China and Iran are barred from entering the United States, as well as individuals who visited these countries in the 14 days prior to their scheduled U.S. arrival. The China travel restrictions …

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Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C.’s Announcement About COVID-19

Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C.’s Announcement About COVID-19

A message to our valued clients and business associates: At Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C., the health, safety and overall well being of our clients, business associates and the DFW community as a whole is of the utmost importance to us. Given the increasing concern surrounding the recent pandemic of COVID-19, otherwise known as the novel …

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CRS Issues Report on Repurposing Funds to Build a Border Wall

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The Congressional Research Service (CRS) published a report that examines the federal statutes that the Trump Administration has cited to repurpose funds from existing appropriations to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. CRS also discussed multiple lawsuits that have been filed challenging the Administration’s actions. Congress appropriated $1.375 billion to the Department of Homeland …

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USCIS Issues Proposed New H-1B Registration Rules

USCIS Issues Proposed New H-1B Registration Rules

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has proposed a rule change that requires each H-1B petitioning employer to pay a $10 filing fee for every electronic registration submitted to the agency for each H-1B worker who is to be counted in the H-1B cap selection. H-1B petitioning employers whose foreign national beneficiary qualifies for the …

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U.S. and Guatemala Sign Agreement Regarding Refugees Amidst Uncertain Legality

U.S. and Guatemala Sign Agreement Regarding Refugees Amidst Uncertain Legality

President Donald Trump announced on July 26, 2019, that the United States and Guatemala have signed a controversial “safe third country” agreement, a key part of the president’s plan for reducing the influx of migrants at the U.S. border. Under the deal, asylum seekers from Central American nations — such as El Salvador and Honduras …

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CRS Examines Federal Law Regarding Border Admissions and Exclusions of Foreign Nationals

CRS Examines Federal Law Regarding Border Admissions and Exclusions of Foreign Nationals

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released an updated Legal Sidebar document on June 10, 2019, that outlines the immigration laws governing the admissions and exclusions of foreign nationals at the U.S. border. The report sought to clarify the detention and removal processes for foreign nationals, including procedures for asylum seekers, along with examining the treatment …

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CRS Addresses Legal Issues of the Migrant Protection Protocols

CRS Addresses Legal Issues of the Migrant Protection Protocols

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) on May 9, 2019 issued an update regarding the legal complexities arising from the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). The government program is currently being challenged in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. A ruling is not expected until later in 2019. On May 7, 2019, a three-judge …

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