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USCIS Expands Digital FOIA System

On June 25, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the expansion of its digital Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) System (FIRST).

Mark Morgan New Acting Head of CBP

On June 27, 2019, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan announced a reshuffling of the leadership at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

NY To Allow Noncitizens Who Are In U.S. Illegally to Obtain Driver's Licenses

On June 17, 2019, the New York State Senate passed legislation allowing noncitizens who are in the United States without legal authorization to obtain New York State driver’s licenses.

Secretary of the Army Mark Esper Becomes New Acting Secretary of Defense

On June 18, 2019, the U.S. Department of Defense announced that Acting Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan – who had been slated to be nominated for the position permanently by President Donald Trump – will step down on June 23, 2019.

USCIS International Field Offices Will No Longer Accept Form I-407

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that beginning on July 1, 2019, it will no longer accept the Form I-407, Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status, at international field offices.

Visa Bulletin for August 2019

On July 5, 2019 The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released its monthly Visa Bulletin August 2019 – the penultimate month of FY 2019.

USCIS to Shift N-400 and I-485 Caseloads to Decrease Processing Time Discrepancies

On June 17, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is implementing a national strategy to decrease differences in processing times based on the location of processing for the Form N-400, Application for Naturalization...

Guyana to Continue Processing Certain Adoptions Commenced Before June 1, 2019

On June 14, 2019, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced that the government of Guyana has confirmed that it will continue to process certain adoption cases under the non-Hague Convention process in effect prior to June 1, 2019.

USCIS to Continue Accepting Prior Edition of Form I-918 Through End of 2019

On June 21, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is extending the grace period for the previous edition of the Form I-918, Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status.

EOIR Swears in New Administrative Law Judge

On June 18, 2019, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced that it swore in Jean King as the new chief administrative law judge in the EOIR’s Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer.

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