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Legal Articles, Immigration

Nicaragua Becomes Partner in ICE's eTD System

On April 10, 2018, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) published a news release titled “Nicaragua becomes the latest partner in ICE’s eTD system.”

Supreme Court Strikes Down One Clause of Aggravated Felony Crime of Violence Definition

On April 17, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its much anticipated decision in Sessions v. Dimaya, 584 U.S. __ (2018). The question before the Supreme Court was whether 18 U.S.C. 16(b), as incorporated into the INA, is unconstitutionally “void for vagueness.”

DOJ Brings Two Civil Denaturalization Complaints Against Convicted War Criminals

On April 4, 2018, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it had filed civil denaturalization lawsuits against two convicted war criminals of the former Yugoslavia.

AG Sessions Delivers Remarks on Immigration Enforcement and Border Security

On April 11, 2018, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered remarks on immigration enforcement in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

USCIS to Destroy Certain Documents Returned as Undeliverable After 60 Business Days

On April 2, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began implementing a new policy for cases wherein certain forms are returned as undeliverable by the United States Postal Service (USPS) after 60 business days.

USCIS Receives Enough H1B Petitions to Reach FY 2019 Cap

On April 6, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it reached the congressionally mandated H1B cap of 65,000 H1B visas for fiscal year 2019.

Closure of U.S. Consulate General in St. Petersburg

On March 31, 2018, the Russian government ordered the closure of the U.S. Consulate in St. Petersburg. Accordingly, the U.S. Government will no longer be able to conduct visa services from the former U.S. Consulate General in St. Petersburg.

Visa Bulletin for April 2018

On March 9, 2018, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Visa Bulletin for April 2018. The April 2018 Visa Bulletin contains filing dates and final action dates for the family-sponsored and employment-based preference categories in April 2018.

Applying to Use E-Verify Trademark

On February 1, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reminded employers enrolled in E-Verify that they may apply to post the trademarked E-Verify logo on their website and printed materials.

USCIS to Begin Accepting CW1 Petitions on April 2, 2018

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a reminder that it will begin accepting petitions under the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)-Only Transitional Worker (CW1) program subject to the fiscal year 2019 CW1 cap on April 2, 2018.

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