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EOIR Announces 25 New IJs in March 2022

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the investiture of 25 new Immigration Judges on March 25, 2022.

USCIS Re-Starts EB-5 Regional Center Program

President Biden signed a law reauthorizing the EB-5 Regional Center Program through 2027.

Consular Processing for US Immigrant Visas

One of the ways a person may become a permanent resident in the USA, is when he or she entered the USA with an immigrant visa that was issued to him or her at a US consulate overseas. The process of receiving such an immigrant visa is referred to as "consular processing." Consular processing is being supervised by the Department of State, and is subject to rules contained in the Foreign Affairs Manual published by the Department of State of "FAM".

VAWA Benefits for Abused Spouses, Children and Parents

VAWA or Violence Against Women Act allows certain qualifying non-citizens to obtain US permanent residency without the need of being petitioned by their US citizen or lawful permanent resident family member. The law covers abused spouses and children of US citizens and lawful permanent residents, and parents of US citizens who turned 21 years of age.

USCIS Offers Temporary Flexibility for Applicants and Petitioners Affected by Lockbox Delays

The USCIS is offering flexibility to certain applicants and petitioners impacted by delays at a USCIS lockbox.

Additional 22,000 H2B Visas Made Available for FY-2021 For Certain Employers In Need

The DHS and DOL made 22,000 FY-2021 H2B visas available to certain employers in need, with 6,000 reserved for nationals of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala.

DHS Withdraws Efforts to Rescind the International Entrepreneur Parole Program

On May 10, 2021, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is rescinding a 2018 notice of proposed rulemaking to withdraw The International Entrepreneur parole program.

U.S. Mission in Russia No Longer Processing Non-Diplomatic Visas

Due to Russian Government-mandated staff reductions, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow is no longer processing non-diplomatic visas or providing routine notarial services.

17 New Immigration Judges Take the Bench in April 2021

On May 6, 2021, the EOIR announced the swearing in of 17 new immigration judges, all of whom began their service in April 2021. The new immigration judges include several administrative immigration judges.

USCIS Withdraws Proposed Rule on Biometrics Expansion

On May 7, 2021, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced the Department of Homeland Security withdrew a proposed rule that would have expanded the biometrics collection requirements.

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