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Visa Bulletin for July 2019

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released its Visa Bulletin for July 2019 on June 6, 2019. The Visa Bulletin for July 2019 contains the final action dates and dates for filing for the family-sponsored and employment-based preferences for the month.

DHS and DOL Make Available 30,000 Additional H2B Visas for FY 2019

On May 8, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) published a joint rule to make an additional 30,000 H2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas available for FY-2019.

USCIS Selects New Deputy Director

On May 10, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had selected Mark Koumans as its new Deputy Director.

Texas Service Center Begins Processing Certain H1B Cap-Exempt Petitions

On May 20, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the Texas Service Center will begin processing certain Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker for certain H1B cap-exempt petitions.

President Trump Nominates Patrick Shanahan to be Secretary of Defense

On May 9, 2019, the White House Press Secretary's Office announced that President Donald Trump will nominate Patrick M. Shanahan to be the Secretary of Defense.

Summary of ICE Director Nominee Mark Morgan Interview

On May 5, 2019, President Donald Trump announced that he would nominate Mark Morgan to be the next Director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Senate Confirms Two New Second Circuit Judges

On May 8 and May 9, the United States Senate confirmed two new judges to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

President Trump Will No Longer Waive Jerusalem Embassy Act

On May 8, 2019, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo informed Congress that President Donald Trump would no longer sign waivers of the Jerusalem Embassy Act.

DOS Suspends Processing of Adoptions Under India's Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced that it is suspending processing of certain intercountry adoptions from India pending its review of Indian adoption laws.

ICE Starts Warrant Service Officer Program

On May 6, 2019, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the creation of the Warrant Service Officer program.

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