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Visa Bulletin for July 2018

On June 11, 2018, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the Immigrant Visa Bulletin for July 2018. The July Visa Bulletin contains final action dates and dates for filing for both the family-sponsored and employment-based immigrant visa preference categories for the month.

OPLA New York Creates Receptionist Email Box

The New York City Office of Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA) of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) sent an email to those on its mailing list that I will pass along. The information will be of note to immigration attorneys with questions and inquiries for OPLA New York.

SCOTUS Vacates D.C. Circuit Decision on Abortions for Minors in ORR Custody

On June 4, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a per curiam (unsigned) opinion in Azar v. Garza, 584 U.S. __ (2018). The Court had granted certiorari on the same day (i.e., agreed to hear the case), and then issued its decision without hearing oral arguments.

New Edition of Form I-907 Does Not Include Fax Number Field

The 4/11/18 edition of the Form I-907 does not include fax number fields for requestors and preparers of the Form I-907. The previous two editions do include fax number fields.

AG Sessions on the Immigration Case Backlog

In this article, we will examine remarks delivered by Attorney General Sessions about the immigration case backlog, shortly before his important immigration precedent decision on asylum for victims of private criminal activity was published.

Statistics on Criminal Histories of DACA Requestors

On June 18, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a news release announcing its publication of data on the criminal histories of requestors for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Along with the news release, the USCIS included the statistics.

USCIS Completes H2B Lottery Under One-Time Expansion of FY-2018 Cap

On May 31, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began receiving H2B petitions under the temporary final rule that increased the numerical H2B cap through the end of the current fiscal year (FY-2018) by only 15,000.

USCIS to Establish New Office to Investigate and Refer Denaturalization Cases

On June 11, 2018, the Director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), L. Francis Cissna, told the Associated Press in an interview that the USCIS is preparing to launch an office to pursue denaturalization cases.

DOS Strongly Advises Against Adoptions from Democratic Republic of the Congo For Time Being

On June 21, 2018, the U.S. Department of State issued an adoption alert strongly recommending against the adoption of children at this time from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

USCIS Assists in Criminal Asylum Fraud Case

On June 7, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a story about its assisting the Department of Justice (DOJ) in obtaining a conviction in an asylum fraud case.

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