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EOIR Opens Houston - S. Gessner Road Immigration Court

The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced that it will open a third immigration court in Houston, Texas, on January 6, 2019. The new immigration court will be the Houston – S. Gessner Road Immigration Court.

EOIR Opens Los Angeles - Van Nuys Blvd. Immigration Court

The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) opened a new immigration court in Los Angeles on December 9, 2019. The new Los Angeles — Van Nuys Blvd. Immigration Court will cover Kern, San Luis Obsipo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties.

EOIR Swears in 28 New Immigration Judges on Oct. 20, 2019

On December 20, 2019, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) invested 28 new immigration judges in a ceremony presided over by Acting Chief Immigration Judge Christopher A. Santoro. The 28 new immigration judges were selected by Attorney General William P. Barr.

Leadership Changes at DHS

On November 13, 2019, the U.S. Senate confirmed Chad Wolf as the new Under Secretary of Homeland Security Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans by a vote of 54-41. He also assumed the role of Acting Secretary of Homeland Security and appointed Ken Cuccinelli to the second position in the Department.

Supreme Court DACA Oral Argument Recap

On November 12, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California, Docket No. 18-587. The case involves the validity of the DHS's decision to end the DACA program.

USCIS Reaches H2B Cap For First Half of FY 2020

On November 20, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it reached the H2B cap for temporary nonagricultural workers for the first half of fiscal year 2020.

USCIS Proposes Rule on EADs Related to Pending Asylum Applications

On November 13, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) proposed a new rule in the Federal Register titled “Asylum Application, Interview, and Employment Authorization for Applicants.”

Polish Nationals Eligible for Visa Waiver Program

On November 11, 2019, nationals of Poland became eligible to participate in the Visa Waiver Program.

USCIS Publishes Final Rule For $10 H1B Registration Fee

On November 8, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new final rule in the Federal Register providing for a $10 H1B registration fee.

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