D&S Immigration Law Blog

USCIS and Immigration Court Closures Due to COVID-19

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review have announced closures and restricted services effective March 18, 2020 to help slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic. USCIS: routine in-person services are suspended until at least June 3, 2020. This includes, but is not limited to, interviews and appointments related to processes such as family-based petitions (I-130), adjustment of status applications (I-485), naturalization (N-400), and asylum (I-589). USCIS plans to begin reopening offices on June 4, unless the public closures are extended further. “USCIS domestic field offices will send notices to...

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Visa Bulletin for June 2019

The June 2019 Visa Bulletin was released by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) on May 14, 2019. In addition to the final action dates and dates for filing applications, the bulletin also includes notes about India EB-1 preference visa availability, EB-5 preference visa availability, and more. There is notable movement in the “dates of filing” for the family-based, second preference category for spouses and children of permanent residents (F2A). USCIS also released the June 2019 Adjustment of Status Filing Charts, which indicates whether to use the Dates for Filing chart or Final Action Dates chart to determine when you may...

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Damaging Bill Is a Bait-and-Switch on Immigration

Reposted from AILA Infonet (Doc. No. 19012237) WASHINGTON, DC - A bill slated for introduction in the Senate contains money to build President Trump's permanent border wall, but according to experts at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), it also includes many extreme provisions that go far beyond what the president laid out in his speech on Saturday. AILA President Anastasia Tonello noted, "Given the importance of border security and the unnecessary strain the shutdown is putting on the United States, we were hopeful an actual good faith proposal to reach a compromise on immigration and border security would be put forward....

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9th Circuit Upholds Lower Courts’ Injunction Against DACA Rollback

On November 8, 2018, the Ninth Circuit ruled on one of the country’s most contentious  issues, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). In its decision in The Regents of the University of California, et. al. v. United States Department of Homeland Security, et.al.,  the court upheld a lower court’s preliminary injunction against a rollback of DACA. Judge Wardlaw, who wrote the opinion of the court, stated that the plaintiffs in the case were likely to succeed on their claim that the rescission of DACA was “arbitrary and capricious” and based on a "misconceived view of the law." Calling the power of the...

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DHS to Terminate TPS for Nepal on June 24, 2019

DHS announced that it will terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Nepal on June 24, 2019. DHS determined that the country conditions in Nepal have improved since the 2015 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks. Watch for further details regarding re-registration procedures to be posted in the Federal Register. For more information, read this Immigration Impact blog post from the American Immigration Council. Source: AILA Infonet ↓ Download the press release (pdf)...

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