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USCIS Returns All Unselected FY 2020 H1B Cap-Subject Petitions

On August 15, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had returned all unselected FY 2020 H1B cap-subject petitions.

Kazakhstan Maintains Suspension on Adoptions by Americans

On July 12, 2019, the U.S. Department of State announced that it had confirmed with the Government of Kazakhstan that intercountry adoptions between the United States and Kazakhstan remains suspended.

Sierra Leone Lifts Suspension of Intercountry Adoptions

The Department of State (DOS) noted that the Government of Sierra Leone did not extend its suspension of processing new intercountry adoptions beyond June 3, 2019.

Troubling Move By Trump Administration to Decertify Immigration Judge Union

In what I find to be troubling news, Fox News reports that the Trump Administration is moving to decertify the National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ).

USCIS Will Maintain Only Seven International Field Offices

On August 9, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will only maintain international field offices at seven locations going forward.

DHS Publishes Comprehensive New Public Charge Rule (Effective October 15, 2019)

On August 14, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had published a final rule in the Federal Register regarding the public charge ground of inadmissibility.

USCIS Issues Reminder About New Form I-129 Rejection Policies

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a reminder that on August 5, 2019, it has implemented a policy rejecting Form I-129 petitions that do not include the petitioner’s or applicant’s name and primary U.S. office address on Part 1 of the form.

USCIS Announces Intent to Terminate the FWVP and Haitian Family Reunification Parole Programs

On August 2, 2019, the USCIS announced its intention to terminate the Flipino World War II Veterans Parole program and the Haitian Family Reunification Parole program.

USCIS Publishes Comprehensive New EB5 Rule

On July 24, 2019, the United States Citizenship and immigration Services (USCIS) published its new final rule on the EB5 immigrant investor program, titled “EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Modernization..”

Senate Confirms Mark Esper as Secretary of Defense

On July 23, 2019, the U.S. Senate confirmed Mark Esper as the new Secretary of Defense by a vote of 90-8. Esper had been serving as the Acting Secretary of Defense since June 23, 2019. He had previously served as Secretary of the Army since November 20, 2017.

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