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05/25/2017: USCIS Reminder of 05/24/2017 for TPS Haitians and Schedule of a Teleconference on Wednesday, May 31, from 3-4 p.m. Eastern

05/25/2017: Written Testimony of DHS Secretary John F. Kelly for a Senate Committee on Appropriations on “Review of the FY2018 Budget Request for the DHS"

05/25/2017: DOL Seeks Fee-Based Funding for Foreign Labor Certification Programs (PERM, H-2B, PWD) for FY 2018

05/25/2017: President Issues Sequestration Order of 05/23/2017 for Fiscal Year 2018

05/25/2017: "Charge" with DUI-Related Offense in the United States and Consequences on the Visa in the Passport and NIV Status in the United States

05/24/2017: Interesting Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing for Nomination of New USCIS Director

05/24/2017: Written Testimony 05/24/2017 of DHS Secretary before House Appropriations Committee Homeland Security Subcommittee on FY 2018 DHS Budget

05/24/2017: New "Precedent" BIA Decision: Matter of L-E-A- , Asylum

05/24/2017: ICE Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) Notice for Foreign Students & Schools, Including Information for Maintaining Status During the Summer Vacation Period

05/24/2017: Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing 05/24/2017 on Nomination of New USCIS Director, Mr. Lee Francis Cissna

05/24/2017: Senate Hearing for New USCIS Director Nominee, Mr. Lee Francis Cissna

05/24/2017: Federal Register Publishing Today of Haiti Limited TPS Extension

05/23/2017: Alert: State Department Proposed New Form DS-5535, Supplemental Questions Visa Applicants

05/23/2017: USCIS Forms Update

05/23/2017: Visa Overstays (Our of Status) Under Increased Attention for DHS

05/23/2017: H-1B Processing Times as of 03/31/2017 as Reported on 05/23/2017

05/23/2017: Advice for Readers Considering a New or Substitute Legal Counsel, Pending the Legal Proceedings

05/23/2017: Advance Copy of "Extension of the Designation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status" Federal Register Notice of DHS

05/23/2017: 2018 Mid-Term National Election Map for the Congress, Governors, and Local Governments

05/23/2017: "Agricultural Worker Program Act of 2017," S-1034, of Leading Democratic Senators for National Interest, a Proposal of Challenging Issue for Republicans

05/23/2017: USCIS Notice Seeking Comment Request for Extension of USCIS Form I-854A and Form I-854B

05/22/2017: Short-Term TPS Extension for Haitians Effective July 23, 2017 Thru January 22, 2018

05/22/2017: DHS Releases Fiscal Year 2016 Entry/Exit Overstay Report

05/19/2017: OFLC PERM Webinar of 05/10/2017 and Availability of the PERM Webinar Presentation Record for Those Stakeholders Who Missed the Webinar

05/17/2017: Prevailing Wage Determination (PWD) Determination Processing Times as of 04/30/2017

05/17/2017: PERM Prevailing Wage Determination and PERM Application Processing Times as of 04/302017

05/16/2017: Reminder - Effective Thursday, 05/18/2017, USCIS to Reject G-28 Form Other Than New 03/04/2015 Version

05/16/2017: Nebraska Service Center Schedules Teleconference on Issues Related to Business/Employment Proceedings 06/08/2017 10:00 AM (CST)

05/16/2017: USCIS New Green Card and EAD Card Presentation

05/16/2017: New 485 Filing Available Visa Bulletin Chart in June: Final Action Date Charts for Employment-Based and Family-Based I-485 Application

05/16/2017: DHS Ombudsman Teleconference on Naturalization, Next Wednesday, 05/24/2017 2:00-3:00 PM (EST)

05/16/2017: USCIS Naturalization Webinar for Intergovernmental Stakeholders on 05/24/2017, 1:00 - 2:30 PM (EST)

05/12/2017: A Message From the New CIS Ombudsman Julie Kirchner

05/12/2017: House Bills to Reauthorize and Reform USICE and USCIS to Enhance Immigration Enforcement and Prevent Fraud and Abuse in the System

05/11/2017: Reminder of TPS Designation Termination for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone on 05/21/2017 and USCIS Teleconference on 05/16/2017 3:30-4:30 PM (ET)

05/10/2017: EB-485 Inventory Data of April 2017

05/09/2017: June 2017 Visa Bulletin Released

05/09/2017: Time for OPT Students of H-1B Cap Petitions to Review Cap-Gap Rule Q & A

05/07/2017: "State Sponsored Visa Pilot Program Act of 2017" S. 1040 Bill Introduced in the Senate on 05/04/2017

05/06/2017: Odds for Winning FY-2018 H-1B Cap Lottery

05/06/2017: State Department Visa Processing Practice Update as of April 2017

05/05/2017: USCIS Webinar on 05/08/2017 3:00-4:00 pm (EST) on Redesigned Permanent Resident Card and Employment Authorization Document

05/04/2017: USCIS Announcement of Completion of Selected H-1B Cap Cases Data Entry, Followed by a Painful Period of Time For the Petitioning Employers

05/04/2017: OIG Reports That Technology Woes Hamper ICE Tracking of VISA Overstays Contributing to a Backlog of More Than 1.2 Million Visa Overstay Cases

05/04/2017: Threshold Dependent Child Age Reportedly to Change from "Under 19 Years Old" to "Under 22 Years Old" in Immigration Law in Canada Effective 10/24/2017

05/03/2017: USCIS Announces FY-2018 H-1B Cap Data Entry Completed & Will Start Returning Unselected Cases

05/03/2017: House Overwhelmly Passed FY 2017 Spending Bill Thru September 2017 with No Money for Deportation Force or Federal Cuts to Sanctuary Cities!

05/03/2017: USCIS Customr Service Tools Outage This Evenining, Wednesday, May 3, 2017, from 9 p.m. to Midnight (Eastern).

05/02/2017: DHS Secretary Officially Announces Appointment of Julie Kirchner as New DHS Ombudsman

05/02/2017: Reportedly Trump Administration Appointed New DHS Ombudsman, Julie Kirchner

04/29/2017: Non-Precedent AAO Decision of 04/28/2017 on I-140 Ported Beneficiary (Foreign Worker) Right to be a Party to I-140 Revocation Proceeding

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


04/01/2017: 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"

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