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USCIS Produces New Security-Enhanced Travel Document

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on October 24, 2019, that it has begun producing new security-enhanced U.S. travel documents.

Chad Wolf to be Next Acting Secretary of Homeland Security

On October 21, 2019, President Donald Trump announced that he will name Chad Wolf the new Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, replacing the current Acting Director, Kevin McAleenan. Wolf will take over as Acting Secretary after Veteran’s Day.

Trump EO on Insurance Requirement for Immigrants Temporarily Blocked

On November 2, 2019, Judge Michael Simon of the United States District Court for the District of Oregon issued a temporary restraining order blocking the Trump Administration from implementing President Donald Trump’s Executive Order...

November 2019 Visa Bulletin

On October 9, 2019, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Visa Bulletin for November 2019, containing the dates for filing and final action dates for family-sponsored and employment-based immigrant visa petitions during the month.

USCIS Raises Premium Processing Fee Effective November 29, 2019

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is raising the premium processing fee for certain employment-based immigration petitions on November 29, 2019.

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Increase in H1B Denials

An interesting article posted on the Forbes website examines an increase in the denials of petitions for initial H1B employment and for continuing H1B employment.

EOIR Releases FY 2019 Case Completion Statistics

The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) released its case completion statistics for fiscal year 2019 on October 10, 2019. From October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2019, the EOIR completed more than 275,000 cases.

Bold Immigration Proposal in the U.S. Senate

I recently received an email from the Immigrant’s List about an interesting new piece of immigration legislation being considered by the U.S. Senate.The legislation is being supported by Immigrant’s List founding board member Ira J.Kurzban, one of the preeminent scholars of U.S. immigration law.

DOJ Prosecuted Record Number of Immigration-Related Cases in FY 2019

The Department of Justice released its immigration-related prosecution statistics for fiscal year 2019 on October 17, 2019. The statistics track the number of charges brought under 8 U.S.C. 1326, 8 U.S.C. 1325, and 8 U.S.C. 1324 from October 1, 2018, through September 30, 2019.

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