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USCIS Receives Sufficient Number of H1B Petitions to Reach FY 2020 Regular Cap

On April 5, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the 65,000 H1B visa regular cap for FY 2020.

IV Processing for Venezuelan Residents Transferred to U.S. Embassy in Bogota

On February 26, 2019, the Department of State (DOS) announced that the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela, has suspended routine visa services due to the departure of non-essential personnel from the Embassy.

I AM NOT A U.S. CITIZEN. DO I NEED ESTATE PLANNING?

The short and definitive answer is - ABSOLUTELY!

President Trump Formally Recognizes that the Golan Heights is Part of Israel

On March 25, 2019, President Donald Trump signed an historic Presidential Proclamation making official the United States’ recognition of the Golan Heights as part of Israel. In this post, I examine the reasoning behind this welcome and historic decision.

USCIS Publishes New Editions of Form I-539 and Form I-539A

On March 8, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new and revised edition of the Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status.

The RAISE Act: Its Strengths and Weaknesses and Why I Ultimately Oppose

On August 2, 2017, Republican Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia proposed legislation titled the “Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act (“RAISE Act”).

Full Resumption of H1B Premium Processing

On March 11, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing for all H1B petitions. Premium processing of certain H1B petitions had been suspended for extended periods over the past couple of years.

Department of Justice Conditions Participation in Public Safety Partnership Program on Immigration Enforcement Cooperation

On June 20, 2017, the United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the creation of the “National Public Safety Partnership.” Localities may apply to participate in the National Public Safety Partnership.

New Electronic Payment System For 18 USCIS Field Offices

The USCIS has implemented a new electronic payment system at 18 USCIS field offices.

Overview of GAO Report on Refugee Screening

In July of 2017, the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report titled “REFUGEES: Actions Needed by State Department and DHS to Further Strengthen Applicant Screening Process and Assess Fraud Risks” [GAO-17-706].

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