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Internationally Renowned Director Kirill Serebrennikov Charged in Russia

In what appears to be a new instance of politically motivated prosecution in Russia, the Associated Press reported that Russian investigators have detained internationally renowned director Kirill Serebrennikov on charges of embezzling government funds provided for his productions.

Reports Indicate Trump Administration Considering Cuts to Exchange Programs, Including Au Pair

Citing to a recent Wall Street Journal report, The Hill reported that the Trump Administration is considering curtailing certain foreign work exchange programs.

USCIS Releases New Memo on H1B ACWIA Fee

On August 9, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a new Policy Memorandum on the definitions of “affiliate” and “subsidiary” in the H1B ACWIA fee context.

Possible Changes Coming to EB5 Program

On January 13, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking titled “EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Modernization” in the Federal Register (FR) at 82 FR 4738.

USCIS to Require In-Person Interviews for Employment-Based AOS Applicants and Asylee/Refugee Relative Petitions

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced its plans to expand the in-person interview requirement for certain benefit applicants whose benefits, if granted, would allow them to reside permanently in the United States.

Analysis of AG Sessions' Legal Justification for Ending DACA

On September 5, 2017, the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Elaine C. Duke, issued a memorandum rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Annual U Visa Limit Reached for Fiscal Year 2017

On August 30, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has approved the congressionally mandated annual limit of 10,000 U visa petitions for fiscal year 2017.

Noel Francisco Confirmed as Solicitor General of the United States

On September 19, 2017, Noel Francisco was confirmed by the United States Senate by a vote of 50-47 to serve as the Solicitor General of the United States. As Solicitor General, Noel Francisco will be the government’s lead lawyer in arguments before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Decision on Nominee for Secretary of DHS Not Imminent

On July 31, 2017, the former Secretary of Homeland Security, John F. Kelly, left his position to become the White House Chief of Staff. Since then, Elaine C. Duke, who was serving as the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, has been serving as Acting Secretary of Homeland Security.

Water-Damaged Passports and Visas After Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

On September 14, 2017, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) published a document titled “CBP Practice Alert: Water Damaged Visas and Passports.” The guidance concerns foreign nationals with damaged documents as a result of events such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

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