Immigration News Update Newsletter — January 2023

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Supreme Court Extends Temporary Stay of ‘Title 42’ – The Court plans to consider in late February 2023 whether the 19 states objecting to Title 42 have legal standing to do so. Visa Bulletin for January 2023 Reports on Availability in the Employment First Category for China and India, Unavailability of Religious Workers Category – Effective in January, employment first …

Immigration News Update Newsletter — Mid-December 2022

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USCIS Announces ‘Important’ H-2B Supplemental Cap Petition Filing Updates Before Publication of Temporary Final Rule – In response to a federal court order, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Foreign Labor Certification plans to rescind H-2B registration requirements and propose conforming edits throughout its H-2B regulations. In the interim, DOL said it will use the Notice of Acceptance, issued …

Immigration News Update Newsletter — December 2022

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Under Court Order, OFLC to Propose Rescission of H-2B Registration Requirements and Provide Unique H-2B Temporary Registration Numbers – In response to a federal court order, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Foreign Labor Certification plans to rescind H-2B registration requirements and propose conforming edits throughout its H-2B regulations. In the interim, DOL said it will use the Notice …

Immigration News Update Newsletter — Mid-November 2022

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DHS Releases List of Countries Eligible for H-2A and H-2B Programs, Adds Eswatini – Each country’s designation is valid until November 9, 2023. DHS Continues TPS and Related Documentation for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, Honduras, and Nepal – To ensure its continued compliance with several court orders, the Department of Homeland Security is automatically extending the validity of certain …

Immigration News Update Newsletter — November 2022

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Employer Reminder: E-Verify Operations Resume; Preferred Dates Released for Employee Visits to SSA to Resolve Mismatches – E-Verify reminded employers that operations have resumed, and released preferred dates for employees to visit the Social Security Administration to resolve their Tentative Nonconfirmations (mismatches of Social Security numbers). CBP Is Discontinuing Passport Entry Stamps, Transitioning to Online I-94 Arrival/Departure Records Only; Mistakes …

Immigration News Update Newsletter — August 2022

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100,000 Ukrainians Admitted to United States— What About Afghans? The Biden Administration stepped up and created a humanitarian parole program that involved private citizens sponsoring refugees from Ukraine. A program that has worked remarkably well. 100,000 Ukrainians have come to the US so far as part of this process. The bigger question is, why didn’t the Biden Administration do the …

Immigration News Update Newsletter — Mid-July 2022

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CBP Ends Program Allowing Expired US Passports To Enter The United States During the pandemic, and as a result of the Department of State’s massive backlog in processing US Passports, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) allowed individuals with expired US Passports to enter the US as citizens. Obviously, one does not stop being a US Citizen simply because the passport …

Immigration News Update Newsletter — June 2022

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Premium Processing Starts for Pending EB-1 and Eb-2 Cases! In a move designed to increase the ability to modernize its antiquated adjudications system ($$) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has implemented premium processing for certain petitioners who have a pending Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, under the EB-1 and EB-2 classifications. This expansion of premium processing applies …

Immigration News Update Newsletter — Late May 2022

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Additional 35,000 H-2B Visas Available! The Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Labor (DOL) announced a temporary final rule making available an additional 35,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas during the second half of fiscal year (FY) 2022. The visas are for U.S. employers seeking to employ additional workers on or after April 1, 2022, through September 30, 2022. The …

Immigration News Update — Late May 2022

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Additional 35,000 H-2B Visas Available for Second Half of Fiscal Year The Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Labor (DOL) announced a temporary final rule making available an additional 35,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas during the second half of fiscal year (FY) 2022. The visas are for U.S. employers seeking to employ additional workers on or after April 1, …