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Reports of Two Troubling ICE Enforcement Actions in Portland

On October 25, 2017, The Portland Mercury published an interesting article on a pair of troubling immigration enforcement actions in Portland, Oregon. In this article, we will examine the stories.

Thoughts on the Diversity Visa Lottery Debate

On October 31, 2017, an Islamist terrorist named Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov perpetrated a heinous Islamist terrorist attack in lower Manhattan, murdering eight individuals. Saipov is a lawful permanent resident and native and citizen of Uzbekistan.

USCIS Permanently Closes Havana Field Office

On December 10, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had permanently closed the USCIS Field Office in Havana, Cuba, on that same day.

USCIS Releases New Policy on Treatment of Extension Petitions in Certain NIV Categories

On October 23, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services released a new Policy Memorandum (PM-602-0151) titled “Rescission of Guidance Regarding Deference to Prior Determinations of Eligibility in the Adjudication of Petitions for Extension of Nonimmigrant Status”.

Certain Form I-765 Applicants May Apply for Social Security Number/Card Along With Employment Authorization

Thanks to a new information-sharing agreement between the USCIS and the Social Security Administration (SSA), certain foreign nationals in specific categories or classifications may apply for employment authorization and a Social Security Number all on the updated Form I-765...

Government Brings Civil Denaturalization Charges Against Four Individuals

On November 6, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Department of State (DOS), and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that the United States Government filed civil complaints in the District of Minnesota against four individuals...

U.S. Embassy in Mumbai to No Longer Process IR5, IR1, IR2, CR1, and CR2 Cases

Beginning on April 1, 2018, the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi will no longer process IR5, IR1, IR2, CR1, and CR2 cases. Interviews in these cases will now be scheduled at the U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai.

E-Verify to Transfer Case Data to New Interface in March 2018

On March 18, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that later in March 2018 E-Verify will transfer all of its case data to a new interface. Accordingly, prior to the transfer “all open cases much reach a final case result and be closed.”

DOS Update on NIV Applications by Nationals of Russia and Turkey

On October 19, 2017, representatives from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) asked a U.S. Department of State (DOS) liaison whether the DOS had designated alternative posts for nationals of Russia and Turkey to apply for nonimmigrant visas.

New USCIS Website Homepage

On March 15, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updated the design of its website homepage. The USCIS made the changes to the USCIS website homepage based on user-feedback, search queries, and by talking to applicants in person and at two USCIS field offices.

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