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DACA: Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going

A brief overview of DACA’s long and winding road and its current status By Molli Freeman-Lynde, Immigration Attorney Origins of DACA The Obama administration created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program, known as DACA, on June 15, 2012. The

Posted in Immigration Law

Immigration Quick Takes — November 2021

Current Status of Travel Restrictions and Vaccine Requirements On October 25, President Biden issued A Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Effective as of November 8th, the Proclamation revokes the country-by-country restrictions implemented

Posted in Immigration Law

Adjudication Trends: Before and After Trump

USCIS RFE data shows a return to sanity in adjudications for some nonimmigrant case types post-Trump presidency, while others have seen little or no improvement By Grant W. Godfrey, Immigration Attorney The Trump administration articulated early on a broad policy

Posted in Immigration Law

Immigration Quick Takes – October 2021

November Visa Bulletin As was the case in October, in November, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will continue to accept Employment-Based Adjustment of Status applications based on the Visa Bulletin’s Dates for Filing chart. The backlogged dates in

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Immigration Quick Takes — September 2021

October Visa Bulletin Next month, USCIS will accept Employment-Based Adjustment of Status applications based on the October Visa Bulletin’s Dates for Filing chart. The October Visa Bulletin’s Dates for Filing advance to July 8, 2012 (EB-2) and January 8, 2014

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The Dramatic Increase in Employment-Based Green Card Availability Explained

The past 10 months have seen significant forward movement in the backlog dates for Immigrant Visas (or Green Cards) as reported each month in the U.S. State Department’s Visa Bulletin. Since October of 2020, the EB-2 and EB-3 categories for

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DHS Extends I-9 Flexibilities for Fully Remote Workers

As offices nationwide closed in March 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) temporarily exempted fully remote employees from the employment eligibility verification physical inspection requirements for Form I-9 processing. At that time, DHS confirmed that employees working remotely

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Immigration Quick Takes – July 2021

National Interest Exceptions Now Valid for 12 Months and Multiple US Entries With COVID-19 travel restrictions still in place for a number of countries worldwide, many foreign nationals traveling to the U.S. from or through restricted countries require an exception

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USCIS Issues Policy Updates to Improve Immigration Processes

The Biden Administration has committed to reviewing current immigration regulations and policies to identify ways to improve the United States’ immigration system. Recent policy changes include broader criteria for expedited processing, more generous RFE practices, and extended work and travel

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Expanded Eligibility for a National Interest Exception (“NIE”) Waiver

The U.S. State Department has expanded eligibility for National Interest Exceptions to regional and country-specific COVID-19 Travel Bans On May 27th, the U.S. State Department announced an expansion in eligibility for National Interest Exception waivers to the various regional and

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