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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.

DOS Warns of Form I-604 Orphan Determination Adjudication Times in Non-Hague Convention Cases

On April 30, 2019, the U.S. Department of State published a reminder for prospective adoptive parents about potentially long processing times for the Form I-604, Determination on Child for Adoption, in non-Hague Convention cases.

Trump to Nominate Mark Morgan to be Next ICE Director

On May 5, 2019, President Donald Trump announced that he will appoint Mark Morgan as the next Director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

ACLU/EFF Files Suit Over Warrantless Device Searches at Airports and the Border

The Associated Press reported that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed suit against the U.S. Government over the scope of searches of electronic devices at airports and border crossings.

President Trump Issues Memo on Asylum in Proceedings, Asylum Fees, and Asylum EADs

On April 29, 2019, President Donald Trump issued a Memorandum for the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security titled “Presidential Memorandum on Additional Measures to Enhance Border Security and Restore Integrity to Our Immigration System.”

USCIS Completes Data Entry for FY 2020 Cap-Subject H1B Petitions Selected in Lottery

On May 17, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had completed data entry for all FY-2020 H1B cap-subject petitions selected in the H1B lottery.

June 2019 Visa Bulletin

On May 9, 2019, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the Visa Bulletin for June 2019.

DHS OIG Issues Fraud Alert

On May 20, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released an important fraud alert warning individuals about a virulent scam.

Honduras Ratifies the Hague Adoption Convention

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) noted that Honduras ratified the Hague Adoption Convention on March 6, 2019.

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