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Acting DHS Secretary Designates New Senior Official at CBP

On April 15, 2019, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan designated John P. Saunders as the senior official performing the functions and duties of the Commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

DOJ Charges Judge and Court Officer With Assisting Alien In Evading ICE Arrest

On April 25, 2019, the United State Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts announced charges against a local judge and a court officer for helping an alien who was in the United States illegally escape the court building...

USCIS Ending Forms Request Line Service on June 1

On June 1, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will end its Form Request Line service. The Form Request Line allowed individuals to order USCIS forms by phone.

Visa Bulletin for May 2019

On April 8, 2019, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Immigrant Visa Bulletin for May 2019. The Visa Bulletin for May 2019 contains filing dates and final action dates for filing for immigrant visas based on approved immigrant visa petitions...

Guyana Becomes Party to Hague Adoption Convention

The Department of State (DOS) noted that Guyana has deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Adoption Convention.

Department of State Revokes Visa of ICC Chief Prosecutor

Several outlets have reported that the United States Department of State (DOS) revoked the visa of Fatou Bensouda, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC). She is a citizen and national of The Gambia.

Kirstjen Nielsen out at DHS - Replaced by CBP Director Kevin McAleenan in Acting Capacity

On April 7, 2019, President Donald Trump announced that Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will soon be leaving her position. He added that he will appoint the Commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Kevin McAleenan...

President Trump Withdraws Nomination of Ronald Vitiello for Director of ICE

On April 5, 2019, President Donald Trump announced that he had withdrawn the nomination of Ronald D. Vitiello for director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Vitiello is currently serving as Acting Director of ICE.

Update on Premium Processing for FY 2020 Cap Subject H1B Petitions Requesting COS

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin premium processing for cap-subject H1B petitioners requesting a change of status on their Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker on May 20, 2019.

H1B Employer Data Hub Now Available

On April 1, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced the launch of its H1B Employer Data Hub.

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