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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Changes to USCIS Processing of Removing Conditions on Residence

Changes to USCIS Processing of Removing Conditions on Residence

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a policy memo that provides revised interview guidelines to immigration officers adjudicating Petitions to Remove Conditions on Residence. As background, certain family or investment based immigrants who have a condition attached to their permanent resident status must file a petition with USCIS within a 90 days …

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DHS Issues Fraud Alert for Imposters Posing as U.S. Immigration Agents

DHS Issues Fraud Alert for Imposters Posing as U.S. Immigration Agents

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is warning people of a nationwide telephone spoofing scam that attempts to trick victims into divulging their personal information, leaving them vulnerable to identity theft. On March 1, 2019, the OIG issued a notice in response to reports of DHS phone …

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CRS Addresses Legal Issues in Migrant Protection Protocols for Asylum Applicants

CRS Addresses Legal Issues in Migrant Protection Protocols for Asylum Applicants

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on January 28, 2019, started implementing a new policy that requires Central American asylum seekers arriving at the southern border of the United States to wait in Mexico while their cases are processed in U.S. immigration courts. In a report released on February 6, 2019, the Congressional Research Service …

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CRS Examines Per Country Immigration Limits in Employment Based Immigration

CRS Examines Per Country Immigration Limits in Employment Based Immigration

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report on the employment-based immigration process on December 21, 2018, recommending the removal of per-country ceilings on visa numbers, or caps, for employment-based prospective immigrants applying for lawful permanent resident status. As background, the current U.S. immigration systems allots a maximum 7 percent quota to each country for …

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