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Adoptions from Rwanda To Be Processed Under Hague Convention

On May 20, 2019, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced that the United States has determined that it will be able to process intercountry adoptions from Rwanda consistent with the Hague Adoption Convention.

IJ Susan Beschta Dies At 67

In tragic news, Immigration Judge Susan Beschta died of brain cancer at age 67. I share my thoughts on her life and work.

Online Filing Available For Certain Form I-539 Extension Applications

Beginning on May 22, 2019, the certain nonimmigrants may file the Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, online. The change covers certain B1, B2, F1, F2, M1, and M2 extension applications.

USCIS Accelerates Transition to eProcessing

On May 22, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) “announced a new strategy known as eProcessing to accelerate USCIS’s transition to a digital business model.”

AILA/CBP Q&A Notes From April 2018

On April 8, 2019, the liaison for the NY/NJ branches of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) answered questions from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). In this post, we will briefly examine some of the more interesting questions and answers.

Some Cap-Subject H1B Petitions to be Transferred Between Service Centers

The USCIS stated that it may transfer some Form I-129 H1B FY-2020 cap-subject petitions between the Vermont Service Center and the California Service Center for workload management purposes.

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.

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