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04/29/2017: "American Jobs First Act of 2017" H.R. 2233 Bill Introduced in the House 04/28/2017

04/29/2017: President Signed Continuing Resolution before Midnight

04/28/2017: President Trump's 100 Days of Security and Safety - White House Release

04/28/2017: State Department Updated Reciprocity Table Changes of Certain Countries January thru April 2017

04/28/2017: House and Senate Passed Continuing Resolutions to Fund the Federal Government Until 05/05/2017

04/28/2017: OFLC 05/18/2017 2:00-4:00 PM (EST) Webinar on Employer Filing Tips and Best Practices for Preparing and Submitting H-2B Prevailing Wage Requests

04/28/2017: New Chief Counsel of USCIS, Craig Symons

04/28/2017: Forms Update: I-881, Application for Suspension of Deportation or Special Rule Cancellation of Removal

04/28/2017: Four Sunsetting Immigration Programs Likely to be Survived at Least for One Week Through 05/05/2017

04/28/2017: Senate Confirmed New Secretary of Department of Labor, Alexander Accosta

04/27/2017: Computer World Assessment of Impact of President Trump's H-1B Executive Order

04/27/2017: TSA Written Testimony Before the House Homeland Security Committee on “Checkpoint of the Future: Evaluating TSA’s Innovation Task Force Initiative

04/27/2017: Reminder of New Location and Address of USCIS Field Office in Minnesota Effective Monday, 05/01/2017

250 Marquette Ave, Suite 710
Minneapolis, MN 55401

04/27/2017: USCIS Announces Today that USCIS Will Implement "New" Interpreter Policy on May 1, 2017

04/27/2017: DHS Statement on Former DACA Recipient Juan Manuel Montes- Bojorquez Who was Deported

04/26/2017: USCIS Webinar on Redesigned Green Card and EAD Card on 05/08/2017 from 3:00 to 4:00 PM (USCIS Changed the Date)

04/26/2017: Here We Go Again - Scheduled Expirtion of Stop-Gap Federal Appropriations Continuing Resolution at the End of 04/28/2017, Friday

04/26/2017: ICE Guidance for ACICS-Accredited Schools

04/26/2017: CBP Considers Revision of EVUS Rule to Collect Information on Online Presence of the Designated Foreign Visitors of Designated Countries

04/26/2017: Matter of I- Corp., Adopted Decision 2017-02 (AAO Apr. 12, 2017) of USCIS AAO

04/26/2017: USCIS Latest Form Updates

04/25/2017: USCIS Invitation to Korean Language Teleconference to Overview Citizenship & Student EAD Applications

04/25/2017: OFLC Disclosure Data (10/01/2016-03/31/2017) for PERM, PWD, H-1B LCA, H-2A and H-2B Labor Certification Applications

04/21/2017: Reminder of PERM and iCERT Systems Outage This Weekend until 6:00 a.m. of Monday 04/24/2017

04/20/2017: STEM OPT Challenge Lawsuit Dismissed by the Federal District Court in DC on 04/19/2017

04/20/2017: USCIS Alert for Certain Students Applying for English Language Study and 24-month STEM OPT Extension Programs Affected by the ACICS Loss of Accreditation

04/20/2017: May I-485 Filing Availability Charts

04/20/2017: USCIS New Direct Filing Addresses for L, O, and P Nonimmigrant Petitions for Beneficiaries in Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina

04/20/2017: USCIS Workload Transfer Update

04/20/2017: DOL Announces Plans to Protect American Workers from H-1B Program Discrimination

04/20/2017: Judge Denigrated by Trump as 'Mexican' Will Hear DACA Dreamer Deportation Case

04/19/2017: USCIS Reminds Beneficiaries of TPS for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone of May 21 Termination

04/19/2017: Positive News for Those with Provisional Certificate instead of Degree Certificate

04/19/2017: Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Sponsor of H.R. 392 Bill, Reportedly Not to Seek Re-election to Congress

04/19/2017: USCIS Issues Redesigned Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents Beginning from 05/01/2017

04/19/2017: PERM Processing Statistics of 01/01/2017-03/31/2017 (2nd Quarter of FY 2017)

04/19/2017: PERM Prevailing Wage Determination Processing Statistics of 01/01/2017-03/31/2017

04/19/2017: H-1B LCA Processing Statistics of 01/01/2017-03/31/2017 (2nd Quarter of FY 2017)

04/19/2017: H-2A Agricultural Temporary Labor Certification Processing Statistics of OFLC: 01/01/2017-03/31/2017 (2nd Quarter of FY 2017)

04/19/2017: H-2B Non-Agricultural Temporary Labor Certification Processing Statisitics of OFLC: 01/01/2017-03/31/2017

04/19/2017: H-2B Recruiter List Update Latest

04/19/2017: FY-2017 2d Quarter "Disclosure Data" for PERM, PWD, H-1B, H-2A, H-2B

04/18/2017: H-1B Reform Part of "Presidential Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American" of 04/18/2017

04/18/2017: USCIS Updates Processing Times Report on 04/18/2017

04/18/2017: President Trump Scheduled to Issue Executive Order Today Restricting Lower Wage H-1B Visas

04/17/2017: USCIS Announcement of Completion of H-1B Master Cap and Regular Cap

04/16/2017: Report of Background of Suspension of H-1B Premium Processing and its Potential Impact on Current H-1B and New H-1B Cap Proceedings

04/15/2017: iCERT & PERM Site Unavailable from 04/21/2017 (8:00 pm EDT) to 04/24/2017 (6:00 am EDT)

04/14/2017: Matter of I- Corp., Adopted Decision 2017-02 (AAO Apr. 12, 2017)

04/12/2017: DOL Notice of 2017 Allowable Charges for AgriculturalWorkers' Meals and for Travel Subsistence Reimbursement, Including Lodging for H-2A & H-2B Temporary Labor Certification Programs

04/12/2017: New Deputy Secretary of DHS Sworn-In Yesterday after the Senate Confirmation of the Nomination

04/11/2017: May 2017 Visa Bulletin Released with the Following Special Notes

04/10/2017: Trump to Nominate Lee Francis Cissna to the new USCIS Director Post

04/10/2017: USCIS Forms Update 04/10/2017 With Mandatory Use of the Updated Forms Effective 06/09/2017

04/10/2017: iCERT + PERM Outage Alert

04/08/2017: USCIS Released Revised Fact Sheet for SAVE Users on Verification of Employment Authorization for Automatic EAD Applicants

04/07/2017: USCIS Releases 04/04/2017 Update of Various Immigration Forms Processing Records for 1st Quarter (10/01/2016-12/31/2016) of FY-2017

04/07/2017: USCIS Announces on 04/07/2017 that USCIS Reached FY 2018 H-1B Cap

04/06/2017: Potomac Service Center to Hand Corrections to the EAD Which They Issued with USCIS Errors Begiining from 04/17/2017

04/05/2017: USCIS Field Office in Minnesota Officially Moves from Bloomington to Minneapolis Downtown Effective May 1, 2017

04/05/2017: ICE Testimony Before Senate Judiciary Committee on “Vows for Visas: Investigating K-1 Fiancé Fraud

04/05/2017: Written Testimony of DHS Secretary John F. Kelly for a Congressional Hearing titled “Improving Border Security and Public Safety

04/05/2017: DOL Announces on 04/04/2017 Plans to Protect American Workers from H-1B Program Discrimination

04/04/2017: Trump Administration Asked Yesterday Appeals Court to Delay Decision of H-4 EAD Appeal Until 09/27/2017

04/03/2017: Justice Department Also Cautions Employers Seeking H-1B Visas Not to Discriminate Against U.S. Workers

04/03/2017: DHS Initiates and Implements Actions Against H-1B for Programmer Occupations and H-1B Dependent Employers

04/03/2017: Federa Register Notice of Presidential Memorandum of 03/06/2017 for DHS, DHS, DOJ(AG) Ordrering Additional Heightened Screening and Vetting Protocols and Procedures for Issuing Visas

04/03/2017: State Department Withdraws Pending Proposed Rule to Adopt Hague Convention in Intercountry Adoptions

04/02/2017: DO NOT STAPLE, DO NOT STAPLE, DO NOT STAPLE, DO NOT STAPLE!!!!!!

04/01/2017: USCIS Guidance on H-1B Petition Thresholds and Recommended Evidence to Establish the Thresholds in One Eyeview

03/31/2017: Potential Impact of Pending H-4 EAD Lawsuit in DC Court of Appeals on FY-2018 H-1B Cap Filing That Starts on Monday for Five Business Days

03/31/2017: PERM to Allow Employers Electronic Submission of Supporting Documentation Effective 04/15/2017

03/31/2017: Last Minute Double Check with H-1B Cap Filing for Next Week

03/31/2017: Alert - USCIS Website (Customer Service Tools) Will be "Down" from 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, 04/02/2017

03/25/2017: Proposed Reform of EAD That Automatically Issues SSN by Social Security Administration Without Separate Application

03/24/2017: FY 2018 H-1B Cap Season and This Site's Limited Update News Report for Immigration Stakeholders

03/21/2017: USCIS Announces on 03/20/2017 Launch of EB-5 Regional Center Compliance Audit Program

03/18/2017: H-1B Cap Lottery Program Survives Challenge in Federal Court in Portland, Oregon and the Lottery Program to Continue

03/18/2017: Non-Profit Law Group in Minnesota Fearlessly Fighting for the Rights of Immigrants in the Challenging Times of the Nation

03/18/2017: DOJ Reportedly Plans to Re-Assign Temporarily Large Number of Immigration Court Judges to 12 Cities to Expedite Removal of Undocumented Aliens with Criminal Records

03/16/2017: I-485 Filing Charts in April 2017

03/16/2017: USCIS Reaches the H-2B Cap for Fiscal Year 2017

03/16/2017: 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Denied En Banc Review Request, Sustaining Three-Judge Panel Decision 03/15/2017

03/16/2017: "Immigration Benefits Vetting: Examining Critical Weaknesses in USCIS Systems" - DHS IG Report and USCIS Acting Diretor House Written Testimony - 03/16/2017

03/16/2017: Another Temporary Restraining Ordeer Issued by Federal District Court in Maryland

03/16/2017: Temporary Restraining Order Issued by Federal District Court in Hawaii against the Second Travel Ban Executive Order

03/15/2017: USCIS Has Just Released FY-2018 H-1B Cap Season Announcement

03/15/2017: USCIS Written Testimony Before Senate Judiciary Committee on "Vows for Visas: Investigating K-1 Fiance Fraud"

03/15/2017: EB-485 Inventory Data Update as of January 2017

03/15/2017: Executive Order to Reorganize the Executive Branch of the Federal Government

03/14/2017: USCIS Processing Times Report Update 03/14/2017

03/14/2017: USCIS Alert of Posting Wrong Form for I-765 on its Form Site

03/14/2017: President's Memorandum of "Immediate Heightened Screening and Vetting of Applications for Visas and Other Immigration Benefits" & Concern with its Impact on Processing Times for Petitions and Applications

03/10/2017: OFLC Withdraws Controversial PERM FAQ Round 14

03/10/2017: EB-5 Regional Center Investment Immigration Reform Rule of January 2017 Receives Support from House Judiciary Committee Chairman

03/10/2017: PERM Prevailing Wage Determination and PERM Application Processing Times as of 03/03/2017

03/10/2017: Trump Hired and Filled More Than 400 Important Positions for Agencies That do not Require Senate Confirmations

03/09/2017: April Visa Bulletin Released

03/09/2017: Motion for Preliminary Injunction Filed on 03/08/2017 Against FY 2018 H-1B Cap Random Selection in the H-1B Cap Litigation in the Federal District Court in Oregon

03/09/2017: Washington State Attorney General Seeks Court's Affirmation that Curreent TRO Applies also to the New Travel Ban Executive Order

03/09/2017: CW-1 Visa Cap Season for FY-2018 Opens on 04/03/2017 as Well

03/09/2017: USCIS Updates Processing Times Report on 03/08/2017

03/08/2017: The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeal Dismissed the Appeal Today on Government's Voluntary Motion to Dismiss

03/08/2017: USCIS to Change I-612 J-1 2-Year Foreign Residence Requirement Waiver Application Form

03/07/2017: State Department Announcement on New Executive Order and Visa Processing

03/06/2017: New Executive Order Signed Today with Different Title: "Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States"

03/06/2017: New Travel Ban Executive Order Scheduled Release Today Will Substantially Trim Down from Earlier Travel Ban Executive Order

03/04/2017: Another Travel Ban Executive Order Reportedly be Signed Monday 03/06/2017

03/03/2017: Starting April 3, 2017, USCIS to Suspend Temporarily Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

03/03/2017: Revised I-693 Form and Alert for Civil Surgeons Performing Medical Examination for Immigration Applicants

03/03/2017: Bi-Partisan H.R. 1303 "H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act" Introduced in the House on 03/02/2017

03/03/2017: Automatic Extension of EAD for El Salvadorans in TPS Until 09/09/2017

03/01/2017: President Trump's Point-Based Immigration Reform - Question of "How Far"

02/28/2017: President Trump May Surprise Immigration Community in This Evening's Address in the Congress

02/28/2017: USCIS Processing Times Update 02/28/2017

  Extension Change of Status Consular Proc
CSC 07/02/2016 07/02/2016 07/02/2016
VSC 03/07/2016 04/11/2016 04/11/2016
NSC 09/16/2016 - -

02/28/2017: USCIS Alert of New Updated Edition Forms

02/27/2017: Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Denied Trump Administration's Motion to Stay

02/25/2017: The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Fights Not Over Yet for the Current Travel Ban Executive Order

02/24/2017: USCIS Reissuing Receipt Notices to Certain EAD Renewal Applicants Who Filed the Applications Between 07/21/2016 and 01/16/2017

02/24/2017: Here is the Copy of Presidential Executive Order on Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda

02/24/2017: President Trump Signed at Noon an Executive Order on Regulatory Reform and Another Travel Ban Executive Order to be Signed Next Week

02/24/2017: ICE SEVP Reminder for the Schools - Complete the SEVIS Annual Verification Process by March 2, 2017

02/22/2017: STEM OPT Rule Appeal Court Hearing Scheduled on 04/20/2017

02/22/2017: USCIS Releases FY 2015 Characteristics of H-1B Workers

02/21/2017: H-1B Processing Times in the Corrected USCIS Processing Times Report Released Today

  Extension Change of Status Consular Proc
CSC 05/16/2016 05/16/2016 05/16/2016
VSC 12/07/2015 04/11/2016 04/11/2016
NSC 09/02/2016 - -

02/21/2017: USCIS Releases Processing Times Report with Corrections 02/21/2017

02/21/2017: DHS Secretary Officially Releases His Two Leaked Memorandums, Adding Factsheet!

02/20/2017: CRS Frequentely Asked Questions About the DACA and DAPA Deferred Action Initiatives

02/18/2017: Leaked Two Memorandums of 02/17/2017 of the DHS Secretary to Implement the President's Two Executive Orders: One for Interior Enforcement and the Other for Border Security and Enforcement

02/18/2017: H-4 EAD Litigation Oral Arguments before the D.C. Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Pushed Off Beyond March 31, 2017

02/18/2017: USCIS Processing Times Update Report of 02/17/2017 Will Blow Off Your Heads!

02/18/2017: CRS Reports & Analysis of ICE Officers' Authority to Apprehand and Remove Aliens and Legal Issue of Federal Government to Restrict Federal Grants to 'Sanctuary Jurisdictions'

02/17/2017: DHS/CBP Proposes to Revise EVUS Rule

"DHS proposes to add the following optional question to EVUS: “Please enter information associated with your online presence – Provider/Platform – Social media identifier.” A social media identifier is any name, or “handle,” used by the individual on one or more platforms. The optional social media question on the EVUS enrollment will include a drop down menu of options for selection. This data will be used for vetting purposes, as needed, providing highly trained CBP officers with timely visibility into publicly available information on the platforms associated with the social media identifier(s) voluntarily provided by the applicant, along with other information and tools CBP officers regularly use in the performance of their duties. The officer will review said platforms in a manner consistent with the privacy settings the applicant has chosen to adopt for those platforms. It will also help distinguish between individuals with similar characteristics, such as similar names, and provide an additional means to contact an applicant if needed. Respondents who choose not to answer this question can still submit an EVUS enrollment without a negative interpretation or inference. The question will be
clearly marked as optional."

02/17/2017: 9th Circuit Appeals Court Accepted the Government Request and Issued an Order of Stay of En Banc Reconsideration

02/16/2017: Justice Department Filed Today 61-Page Supplemental Brief on En Banc Consideration Before 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Travel Ban Executive Order

"In short, the panel’s opinion readily meets the normal standards for rehearing en banc. Nevertheless, the United States does not seek en banc review of the merits of the panel’s ruling. Rather than continuing this litigation, the President intends in the near future to rescind the Order and replace it with a new, substantially revised Executive Order to eliminate what the panel erroneously thought were constitutional concerns. Cf. Op. 24 (declining to narrow the district court’s overbroad injunction because “[t]he political branches are far better equipped to make appropriate distinctions”). In so doing, the President will clear the way for immediately protecting the country rather than pursuing further, potentially time-consuming litigation. Under the unusual circumstances presented here—including the extraordinarily expedited proceedings and limited briefing to the panel, the complexity and constitutional magnitude of the issues, the Court’s sua sponte
consideration of rehearing en banc, and respect for the President’s constitutional responsibilities—the government respectfully submits that the most appropriate course would be for the Court to hold its consideration of the case until the President issues the new Order and then vacate the panel’s preliminary decision. To facilitate that disposition,the government will notify the Court of the new Order as soon as it is issued."

02/16/2017: Another Turmoil Anticipated with Anticipated Release of Another Travel Ban Executive Order Right After Presidents' Day Holiday Weekend

02/15/2017: USCIS Releases I-485 Filing Charts for March 2017

02/15/2017: Sen. Tom Cotton Officially Introduced RAISE Act Bill, S. 354, in the Senate on February 13, 2017

02/14/2017: USCIS Updates on 02/13/2017 Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification Form

02/14/2017: USCIS Releases New EAD Application Form, I-765V, for Abused Nonimmigrant Spouses

02/14/2017: USCIS Releases Historical Records of Average Processing Times During Three Fiscal Years of 2014, 2015, and 2016

02/14/2017: H-1B Cap Lottery Lawsuit in the Federal Court and Plaintiffs' Legal Counsel Advisory on This Year's H-1B Cap Filing [Correction]

02/12/2017: DHS Secretary John Kelly Statement on Recent ICE Enforcement Actions

02/12/2017: Executive Order of 01/25/2017 on "Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States" and Ongoing Wide-Spread Immigration Enforcement

02/11/2017: Reportedly, President Trump to Sign New Executive Order to Restrict Travel as Early as Monday, 02/13/2017

02/11/2017: USCIS H-1B Cap Lottery System Likely Survive

02/10/2017: Development of Surprising Turn of Event in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals with a Judge's Demand for En Banc Reconsideration of the Decision!

02/10/2017: USCIS Should Correct its Error in Announcement of the Effective Date of New Edition Forms and Each Form Edition Site

02/10/2017: USCIS Releases a Reminder of New Edition Forms with New Filing Fees Taking Effect with Mandatory Requirement After 02/21/2017

02/10/2017: President to Announce his Action Against the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Rejection of his Request for Emergency Stay of TRO

02/10/2017: Unpublished Procedural Order of the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on the Merits of Appeal

02/09/2017: The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeal Rejected Trump Administration's Emergency Stay of TRO of the District Court Judge in Seattle

02/09/2017: Notice of Appellee (State of Washington) to 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Fiiling of Additional Evidence in Federal District Court in Seattle

02/09/2017: Presidential Executive Order of 02/09/2017: Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety

02/09/2017: Presidential Executive Order of 02/09/2017: Preventing Violence Against Federal, State, Tribal, and Local Law Enforcement Officers

02/09/2017: Presidential Executive Order of 02/09/2017: Enforcing Federal Law with Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations and Preventing International Trafficking

02/09/2017: Jeff Sessions Sworn In and Now Attorney General

02/09/2017: USCIS Website Customer Services Tools Outage Tomorrow from 9:00 PM to 12:00 PM (EST)

02/09/2017: President Trump Announcement of 02/08/2017 on List of His Cabinet Members

02/09/2017: Pending 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Decision, U.S. District Court in Seattle, Washington Ordered the State of Washington to File Preliminary Injunction Motion by Today

02/09/2017: With the Sworn-in of Jeff Sessions to the Attorney General Today, Pending H-4 EAD Litigation before Appeals Court May Turn into an Open Question

02/08/2017: Senate Confirmed Jeff Sessions As Attorney General on 52/47 Votes Early 6:58 P.M. 02/08/2017

02/08/2017: H-4 EAD Program Faces Continuing Wounds of Lawsuit Before the DC Circuit of U.S. Court of Appeals

02/08/2017: State Department Visa Availability Prediction for the Coming Months - Not Too Promising!

02/08/2017: March 2017 Visa Bulletin Released

02/08/2017: Audio Recording Available for Those Who Missed Yesterday's Court Hearing

02/08/2017: Senate Passed Yesterday Motion to Invoke Cloture on Jeff Sessions Attorney General Confirmation by a Vote of 52-47-1 With Scheduled Confirmation Vote on 02/14/2017

02/07/2017: 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Likely to Issue Decision Soon

02/07/2017: U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, Seattle Issues Order on Briefing Schedule for Plaintiffs' Motion for a Preliminary Injunction

02/07/2017: Written Testimony of DHS Secretary John F. Kelly for a House Committee on Homeland Security Hearing titled “Ending the Crisis: America’s Borders and the Path to Security

02/07/2017: The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals "Telephonical" Hearing from the Parties of the Appeal on Trump Administration's Request for Emergency Stay of District Court TRO by a Judge in the State of Washington

02/07/2017: Conservative Senators to Introduce "Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act" Today in the Senate

02/06/2017: Record Setting $25,000.000 to University of Minnesota, Center for New Immigrants!

02/06/2017: State of Washington & State of Minnesota Timely Filed Today Response with Appeals Court in Opposition to Trump Administration's Emergency Motion

02/06/2017: OFLC Official PERM Processing Times as of 01/31/2017

 Types Days Receipt Month
Analyst Review 76 December 2016
Audit Cases 229 June 2016
Reconsideration December 2016

02/06/2017: OFLC Official Prevailing Wage Determination Processing Times as of 01/31/2017

 Types Days (as of 01/2017) Receipt Month
PERM 101 October 2016
H-1B 99 October 2016
H-2B 27 Jauary 2017

02/05/2017: Approaching FY 2018 H-1B Cap Season and Soon-to-be Released Court Decision in H-1B Cap Lottery Class Action Litigation in Federal District Court in Oregon

02/05/2017: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlattee Announces the Committee's Legislative Agenda in 2017

02/05/2017: Nineth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Denied Emergency "Immediate Stay" Request for TRO Pending Motion for Stay on Appeal

02/04/2017: Justice Department Filed "Today" 02/04/2017 Notice of Appeals with the U.S. District Court in Seattle, Washington

02/04/2017: State Department Urgent Notice of 02/04/2017 on Implementation of Suspension of Travel Ban Executive Order of the Trump Administration

02/04/2017: "YES!" DHS Released on 02/04/2017 Our Earlier Reported Notice on Suspension of Implementation of Executive Order at Issue

02/04/2017: DHS/USCIS Email Notice of 02/04/2017 on Suspension of Implementation of Executive Order entitled, "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States."

"From the Department of Homeland Security (DHS):
In accordance with the judge's ruling, DHS has suspended any and all actions implementing the affected sections of the Executive Order entitled, "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States." (We added emphasis) This includes actions to suspend passenger system rules that flag travelers for operational action subject to the Executive Order. DHS personnel will resume inspection of travelers in accordance with standard policy and procedure. At the earliest possible time, the Department of Justice intends to file an emergency stay of this order and defend the President's Executive Order, which is lawful and appropriate. The Order is intended to protect the homeland and the American people, and the President has no higher duty and responsibility than to do so.For the latest information, please visit the DHS website: https://www.dhs.gov/news"

02/04/2017: Federal Court in Seattle, Washington Issued Nation-Wide TRO (Temporary Restraining Order) Against the President's Travel Ban Executive Order

02/04/2017: PERM Statistics Update for 1st Quarter FY-2017 (10/01/2016 - 12/31/2016) as Released on 02/02/2017

02/04/2017: Foreign Labor Certification Prevailing Wage Determination Statistics Update for 1st Quarter FY-2017 as Released on 02/02/2017

02/04/2017: H-2A Agricultural Temporary Labor Certification Statistics Update for 1st Quarter FY-2017 as Released on 02/02/2017

02/04/2017: H-2B Non-Agricultural Temporary Labor Certification Statistics Update for 1st Quarter FY-2017 as Released on 02/02/2017

02/04/2017: PERM, PWD, H-2A, H-2B, H-1B LCA Performance Data Update for 1st Quarter FY-2017 as Released on 02/03/2017

02/03/2017: State Department Site Answering Detailed Questions on Visa and Executive Order

02/03/2017: USCIS Important Notice of 02/03/2017 on Processing of Petitions and Applications Regardless of Individuals Country of Origin

02/03/2017: Reportedly 100,000 Visas Have Been Revoked! Shocks!

02/03/2017: White House Legal Counsel Clarifies that EO 7-Muslim Country Nationals Travel Ban for 90 Days "Does not Apply" to Lawful Permanent Residents

02/02/2017: USCIS Advises to Visit USCBP's Implementation Update Site of aka 7-Muslim Country National Travel Ban Executive Order

02/02/2017: USCIS Announces on 02/02/2017 Updated DACA Application Form I-821D Edition Date of 01/19/2017

02/02/2017: State Department Special Alert of 02/02/2017 Updating Availability of Visas to Certain 7-Muslim Country Dual Nationals Carrying Unrestricted Passports

02/02/2017: DHS Inspector General Announces Review of Implementation of Executive Order

02/01/2017: State Department Not Only Denies but also Revokes All Valid Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Visas for 7-Muslim Country Nationals

02/01/2017: USCIS Fact Sheet of 01/30/2017 on Automatic Extensions of EADs Provided by the “Retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers” Final Rule, aka I-140 EAD Rule

1. The employee must have timely filed an application to renew his or her EAD, meaning that the application was received by USCIS before the EAD expired (except certain employees granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) who must follow the applicable TPS Federal Register notice), and the application remains pending;
2. The eligibility category on the face of the EAD is the same eligibility category code on the Form I-797C, Notice of Action, that the employee received from USCIS indicating USCIS’s receipt of the EAD renewal application (except employees with TPS who may have either A12 or C19 as the category code); and
3. The renewal application was filed on the basis of a qualifying eligibility category code. As of the date of publication, eligibility category codes for a 180-day automatic extension are A03, A05, A07, A08, A10, C08, C09, C10, C16, C20, C22, C24, C31, and A12 or C19. Note: Some category codes on the EAD may include the letter ‘P’ such as C09P. Employers should disregard the letter ‘P’ when comparing the category code on the EAD with the category code on the receipt notice.

02/01/2017: Federal Register Notice of Executive Order of "Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States"

02/01/2017: USCBP Statement of 01/31/2017 on its Implementation of the Executive Order of "Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States"

01/31/2017: President Trump Nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch, Current 10th Circuit, United States Court of Appeals, as Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

01/31/2017: Statement from DHS Secretary Kelly on the President's Appointment of Thomas D. Homan as Acting ICE Director

01/31/2017: Statement from DHS Secretary John Kelly on President Trump's Intent to Nominate Elaine C. Duke as Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security

01/31/2017: Quo Vadis, Kris Kobach?

01/31/2017: All Petitions or Applications of 7-Muslim Country Nationals in DHS Reportedly Ordered on Hold and Freeze

01/31/2017: Soon After Firing Acting Attorney General, President Trump Replaced Current ICE Director by Thomas Holman

01/31/2017: President Trump Reportedly Fired Acting Attorney General Yates Last Night For Ordering Not to Follow Trump Executive Orders!

01/30/2017: Republican Senate Decided to Delay Jeff Sessions AG Confirmation Vote Which was Scheduled this Week

01/30/2017: HHS 2017 Poverty Guidelines Scheduled to be Republished in the Federal Register on 01/31/2017

01/30/2017: Scheduled Historical Political Events of This Week That Will Potentially Affect the Future of Immigration Stakeholders and the Nation for Years to Come

01/30/2017: Congressional Research Service (CRS) Review of Executive Authority to Exclude Aliens

01/30/2017: Federal Register Notice of Executive Order "Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States"

01/30/2017: Federal Register Notice of Executive Order "Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements"

01/29/2017: DHS Updates Statement on Compliance with Court Orders and the President’s Executive Orders

01/29/2017: Release of Special Statement By DHS Secretary John Kelly On The Entry Of Lawful Permanent Residents Into The United States for Executive Order Country Nationals

01/29/2017: Review of President Trump's First Week of Action

01/29/2017: State Department Urgent Notice on Suspension of Visa Issuance to the Nationals of Seven Muslim Countries

01/29/2017: George W. Bush NSEERS Gone and Trump Substitute in Place Facing Another Civil Right Challenges to the Nation

01/29/2017: DHS Official 01/29/2017 Response To Recent Litigation

01/28/2017: ACLU Class Action Lawsuit Blocked Trump Administration from Removal of Certain Muslim Nonimmigrants and Immigrants Travelers Arriving at the Airports per Trump's Executive Order

01/28/2017: Travel Alert for "Nationals" of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen

01/28/2017: Refugees Reportedly Detained at U.S. Airports, Prompting Legal Challenges to Trump’s Immigration Order

01/28/2017: Approaching FY-2018 H-1B Cap Season and Forthcoming Federal Court Decision on H-1B Lottery Lawsuit

01/27/2017: H.R. 670, "High-Skilled Integrity and Fairness Act of 2017" Introduced in the House by Rep. Zoe Lofgren

01/26/2017: USCIS Processing Times Update 01/25/2017

01/26/2017: USCIS H-1B Processing Times Update 01/25/2017

  Extension Change of Status Consular Proc
CSC 05/16/2016 05/16/2016 05/16/2016
VSC 12/07/2015 04/11/2016 04/11/2016
NSC 09/02/2016 - -

(WOW!

01/26/2017: Outline of Presidential Executive Order of Reform of Legal Employment-Based Immigration System

01/26/2017: Outline of Presidential Executive Order on Repeal of Obama DACA/DAPA Program

01/26/2017: Draft of Executive Order Limiting Social Services for Immigrants: “Protecting Taxpayer Resources by Ensuring Our Immigration Laws Promote Accountability and Responsibility”

01/25/2017: Copy of First Immigration Executive Order: Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals

01/25/2017: February I-485 Filing Charts

01/25/2017: ICE Releases Information on ACICS Loss of Accreditation Recognition

01/25/2017: ICE Seeks Comments on SEVP Policy Guidance of January 13, 2017

01/25/2017: USCIS AAO (Appeals) Processing Report Changes Effective January 2017

01/24/2017: USCIS Has Yet to Release I-485 Filing Date Chart and Final Action Date Chart for February 2017

01/24/2017: DHS Notice of Correction of Published Notice of Eliminating Exception to Expedited Removal Authority for Cuban Nationals Encountered in the United States or Arriving by Sea

01/24/2017: DHS Notice of Correction of Published Notice of Eliminating Exception to Expedited Removal Authority for Cuban Nationals Arriving by Air

01/24/2017: 2017 HHS Poverty Guidelines Will Remain on Hold

01/24/2017: Regulatory Freeze Memorandum Published in the Federal Register

01/24/2017: Trump No Actions Against Immigration - That's It?

01/23/2017: DHS Inspector General (IG) Report on Review of USCIS’ Progress in Implementing OIG Recommendations for SAVE to Accurately Determine Immigration Status of Individuals Ordered Deported

01/23/2017: USCIS Releases Civic Test Updates for N-400 Naturalization Applicants

01/23/2017: ALERT FOR EMPLOYERS: Employers Must Use Form I-9 Dated 11/14/2016

01/21/2017: DHS Official Press Release of New Secretary of Department of Homeland Security - John Kelly

01/20/2017: Freeze of All Pending or New Regulations by Memorandum of White House Chief of Staff, Priebus

01/20/2017: Senate Confirmed Gen. John Kelly by 88:11 Votes and Sworn into Secretary of DHS in the White House Today

01/20/2017: Heads of DHS, USCIS, DOL, DOS, DOJ All Gone, Temporary Filled by Acting Secretaries or Heads

01/20/2017: President Trump Actions on the First Day of his Presidency

01/20/2017: Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Dick Durbin to Reintroduce the H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2017

01/20/2017: Day One of Trump Administration and Immigration

01/20/2017: HHS 2017 Poverty Guidelines Effective 01/19/2017

01/19/2017: Alert for I-140 Filers with Request for Premium Processing: Filing Address Changed Effective Today, 01/19/2017

Beneficiary Worksite at: USPS 1st Class & Priority Mail Filing: Overnight/Courier Deliveries (non-USPS) USPS
Maryland, New Jersey or Pensylvania Premium Processing
USCIS Texas Service Center
P.O. Box 279030
Dallas, TX 75227-9030
Premium Processing
USCIS Texas Service Center
4141 N Saint Augustine Dr.
Dallas, TX 75227-4818
Tennessee Premium Processing
USCIS Nebraska Service Center
P.O. Box 87103
Lincoln, NE 68501-7103
Premium Processing
USCIS Nebraska Service Center
850 S. Street
Lincoln, NE 68508

01/19/2017: USCIS Workload Transfers of Some Asylum Applicants' EAD (I-765) Applications Beginning 12/19/2016

01/19/2017: USCIS Releases Revised Immigration Forms Relating to Employment-Based Immigration Proceedings to Accomodate EB Modernization Rule and Others Which Took Effect on 01/17/2017. New Version Mandatory Effective 02/21/2017. Check the USCIS Form Site

01/18/2017: USCIS Policy Memorandum on Role and Use of Interpreters in Domestic Field Office Interviews

01/18/2017: Friday January 20, 2017: Day of Dawn of Trump Administration and Events Immigration Community to Watch

01/17/2017: USCIS Releases I-485 Supplement J form to Report Confirmation of Bona Fide Job Offer or Request for Job Portability Under INA Section 204(j)

01/17/2017: New International Entrepreneur Parole Final Rule Takes Effect 07/17/2017

01/17/2017: Federal Register Notice of DOJ/EOIR Eliminating Exception to Expedited Removal Authority for Cuban Nationals Arriving by Air

01/17/2017: DHS Fact Sheet on Changes to Parole and Expedited Removal Policies Affecting Cuban Nationals

01/17/2017: Federal Register Notice of Eliminating Exception to Expedited Removal Authority for Cuban Nationals Encountered in U. S. or Arriving by Sea

01/17/2017: Federal Register Notice of Eliminating Exception to Expedited Removal Authority for Cuban Nationals Arriving by Air

01/17/2017: Somalia TPS 18-Month Extension Notice Published Today in the Federal Register

01/14/2017: So-Called H-1B Abuse Crack Down Legislations of 115th Congress Yet to Come

01/13/2017: DHS Notice of Extension of Somalia Designation of TPS

01/13/2017: DHS International Entrepreneur Parole Final Rule with Effective Date of 6-Month from 07/17/2017

01/13/2017: DHS Secretary Notice of Implementation of Final Rule Eliminating Exception to Expedited Removal for Cubans Arriving at the Airport, Effective 01/17/2017

01/13/2017: DHS Final Rule of Eliminating Exception to Expedited Removal Authority for Cuban Nationals, Effective 01/17/2017

01/13/2017: EOIR Final Rule of Eliminating Exception to Expedited Removal Authority for Cuban Nationals, Effective 01/17/2017

01/12/2017: OFLC Official Prevailing Wage Determination Processing Times as of 01/12/2017

 Types Days Receipt Month
PERM 109 Aug 2016
H-1B 108 Sept 2016
H-2B 26 Dec 2016

01/12/2017: OFLC Official PERM Processing Times as of 01/12/2017

 Types Days Receipt Month
Analyst Review 77 Oct 2016
Audit Cases 222 May 2016
Reconsideration Dec 2016

01/12/2017: USCIS Reaches the H-2B Cap for the First Half of Fiscal Year 2017

01/12/2017: Employment-Based Immigration System Modernization Rule (Final Rule): Retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers, Taking Effect Next Tuesday, 01/17/2017 With Yet To Be Released Revised Immigration Forms to Apply for the Benefits

01/12/2017: Full Text of Proposed Rule of EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Modernization

01/12/2017: Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah Reintroduced Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act with New Bill Number of H.R. 392

01/11/2017: USCIS Updates Processing Times Report 01/11/2017

01/11/2017: USCIS H-1B Processsing Times Report Update 01/11/2017

  Extension Change of Status Consular Proc
CSC 05/16/2016 05/16/2016 05/16/2016
VSC 12/07/2015 04/11/2016 04/11/2016
NSC 09/02/2016 - -

[Under the new polisty, 30 days after the dates above, people can file "Status Request."]

01/11/2017: OFLC Releases Today FY 2017 Q1 (10/01/2016-12/31/2016) H-2B Foreign Labor Recruiter List

01/11/2017: State Department Proposes to Amend Exchange Visitor Program – Summer Work Travel

01/11/2017: DHS Secretary Nominee John Kelly Reportedly Well Received in the Senate Confirmation Hearing Yesterday

01/10/2017: Somalia TPS Designation and EAD Extension Cleared

01/10/2017: February 2017 Visa Bulletin Released

01/10/2017: USCIS Advance Notice of Rule Making for Amendment to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center Program

01/09/2017: Pending Appeals of Expanded STEM OPT Program and H-4 EAD Program Decisions of Federal District Courts

01/09/2017: New York Federal District Court Decision of Batalla Vidal v. Baran et al on Expanded DACA/DAPA Program Delayed with Reduced Impact on DACA Community

01/09/2017: Court Decision on H-1B Cap Selection Lottery System Litigation, Tenrec, Inc. v. USCIS, Reportly Imminent

01/08/2017: USCIS "Proposed Rule" for Improvement of the EB-5 Employment Creation Immigrant Regulations Cleared by the OMB on 01/05/2017

01/08/2017: International Entrepreneur Parole Final Rule Cleared by the OMB on 01/05/2017 for Release in the Federal Register and Implementation

01/08/2017: More Than 60 House Democrats Escalate Call to Pardon DREAMers to President Obama

01/08/2017: Midnight Rules Relief Act of 2017 and Final Rule of Retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers, aka I-140 EAD

01/07/2017: NVC No Longer Requires "Original or Wet Ink Signature" for Affidavits of Support

01/07/2017: Dawn of Trump Cabinet Nomination Confirmation War in the U.S. Senate

01/06/2017: NSEERS Rule is Gone, but is there a Legal Basis for Trump Administration to Initiate a Rule Similar to NSEERS?

01/06/2017: International Entrepreneur Parole Final Rule Likely Implemented Before Obama Administration Leaves DC

01/05/2017: Trump Appointed Zina Bash for White House Domestic Policy Council Staff in Charge of Regulary Reform, Legal and Immigration Policy

01/05/2017: USCIS Changes Reporting Format of Monthly Processing Times on its Website

01/05/2017: House Passed H.R. 21 "Midnight Rules Relief Act of 2017" Sponsored by Rep. Issa of California to Kill Some of Obama Last Minute Rules

01/05/2017: Approaching FY-2018 H-1B Cap Season and Question of Survivality of Current Lottery Selection System

01/04/2017: On the First Day Alone of 115th Congress, 275 Legislative Bills Introduced in the Congress (Senate & House), Mostly Reintroduction of 114th Congress Bills with New Bill Numbers

01/04/2017: OFLC Average Number of Days to Comple H-2A and H-2B Temporary Labor Certification Cases as of 01/03/2017

   Complete Cases Incomplete Cases
 H-2A TLC  25 Calendar days  36 Calendar days
 H-2B TLC  33 Calendar days  43 Calendar days

01/04/2017: USCIS Official Announcement and Application Guidance for Yemeni TPS Extension Registration and EAD Extension Application

01/03/2017: Consular Processing Immigrant Visa (Both FB and EB) Inventory Data as of November 1, 2016

01/03/2017: October 2016 EB-485 Inventory Data Released

 October 2016 38,921
 October 2015 27,843
 October 2014 20,162
 October 2013 13,849
 October 2012 13,905
 October 2011 14,072
   Total Waiting as of October

01/03/2017: TPS Designation Extension and EAD Extension for Yemeni Nationals for 18 Months Through 09/03/2018

01/02/2017: FY 2016 ICE Immigration Removals Released

01/02/2017: Error in Report of Retirement of ICE Director. We stand Corrected.

01/01/2017: House Schedule for the Two Congresses Sessions on Tuesday, January 3, 2017

01/01/2017: Immigration Stakeholders and Immigrants Should Keep a Level of Patience During Next One Month or Two When Obama Executive Immigration Actions Are Involved

01/01/2017: Today's Report Indicates that President-Elect Will Repeal Lots of Obama Executive Actions as One of Two Things for His Day-One Jobs

01/01/2017: What Happens with All the Pending Bills When the 115th Congress Opens on 01/03/2017, Tuesday?

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