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DOS Determines It Cannot Process Hague Convention Adoptions From Guyana

On June 3, 2019, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) determined it will not be able to process intercountry adoptions from Guyana initiated on or after June 1, 2019.

Mark Morgan Appointed Acting ICE Director

On May 28, 2019, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Kevin McAleenan, announced that Mark Morgan would begin serving as the Acting Director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

EOIR Swears in 31 New IJs, Including 4 ACIJs, on March 18, 2019

On March 18, 2019, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) held an investiture ceremony to swear in 31 new immigration judges. Four of the 31 new immigration judges are assistant chief immigration judges who will oversee six immigration courts.

Jeffrey Rosen is the New Deputy Attorney General

On May 16, 2019, the United States confirmed Jeffrey A. Rosen to be the Deputy Attorney General by a vote of 52-45. Deputy Attorney General Rosen was sworn into his new position on May 22, 2019, succeeding former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

16 New Immigration Judges Sworn in On November 16, 2018

On November 16, 2018, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) swore in sixteen new Immigration Judges in an investiture ceremony to sit at nine immigration courts and immigration adjudication centers.

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for all FY 2020 Cap Subject H1B Petitions

On June 10, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began premium processing all remaining H1B petitions subject to the FY 2020 H1B cap.

Adoptions from Rwanda To Be Processed Under Hague Convention

On May 20, 2019, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced that the United States has determined that it will be able to process intercountry adoptions from Rwanda consistent with the Hague Adoption Convention.

IJ Susan Beschta Dies At 67

In tragic news, Immigration Judge Susan Beschta died of brain cancer at age 67. I share my thoughts on her life and work.

Online Filing Available For Certain Form I-539 Extension Applications

Beginning on May 22, 2019, the certain nonimmigrants may file the Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, online. The change covers certain B1, B2, F1, F2, M1, and M2 extension applications.

USCIS Accelerates Transition to eProcessing

On May 22, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) “announced a new strategy known as eProcessing to accelerate USCIS’s transition to a digital business model.”

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