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Immigration Quick Takes – December 2021

USCIS Releases Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Adjudication Statistics for Fiscal Year 2021 In FY 2021 (fiscal year ended September 30, 2021), USCIS confirmed the availability of 237,000 employment-based immigrant visas, comprising the standard 115,000 immigrant visas authorized annually plus an

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The People Strike Back: USCIS Sued Over “Extraordinary Processing Delays” for H-4 / 
L-2 Extensions and EADs

Frustrated by lengthy delays that can run for 18 months or more, on March 22, 2021 the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) filed a class action lawsuit against the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) to force the government agency

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Premium Processing Resumes

Phased Premium Processing begins for I-140 Immigrant Visa Petitions and I-129 Visa Petitions for Temporary Workers, including the H-1B and L- visa categories By Donald W. Parker, Immigration Attorney On May 29, 2020, the USCIS announced the phased resumption of

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Trump Administration Quietly Changes 25-Year-Old Rules Related To Misrepresentations

In September and October of 2017, the State Department quietly changed the rules that consular officers must follow when determining whether a foreign national has made a misrepresentation of a material fact.

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The Rescission of the DACA Program

On September 5, 2017, President Trump announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program will be ending. DACA was put in place by the Obama Administration in June of 2012. It provided a period of deferred action from

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U.S. Supreme Court Allows Portions of President Trump’s Travel Ban

The Supreme Court’s Order also defines what it means by a “bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”

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Premium Processing Suspended for H-1B Petitions Beginning on April 3, 2017

US Citizenship & Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced late last week that beginning on Monday, April 3, 2017, and continuing for a period of up to 6 months, it will not accept any new Premium Processing requests for a pending or

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The FY 2018 H-1B Cap to Open on April 1st

As has been the case in the past several years, with improving economic conditions and increased hiring, we anticipate that demand for the limited number of H-1B visas will again vastly exceed this year’s supply. Last April, the U.S. Citizenship

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Immigration Ban: Some Clarity, More Confusion

Full Impact of President’s Executive Order Provisionally Revoking All Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Visas Issued to Nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen Is Still Not Clear On Friday, January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order

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Trump’s Immigration Ban and What Lies Ahead?

Trump Administration Issues Executive Order Temporarily Banning Admissions of Nationals from Certain Countries and Delaying and Limiting Refugee Admissions On Friday, January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the

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