Immigration News Update — April 2021

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How Do You Like The Changes To Immigration Law  — So Far? Bipartisan Bill Introduced in Senate Would Provide Up to 40,000 Unused Immigrant Visas for Doctors, Nurses New legislation introduced on March 29, 2021, by Democratic and Republican senators would provide unused employment-based immigrant visas for up to 25,000 foreign nurses and 15,000 foreign physicians and their family members. …

Immigration News Update March 2021

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Changes are Coming to Immigration Law President Biden Revokes Trump-Era Ban on Entry of Many Immigrants; State Dept. Issues Instructions on Exceptions to Nonimmigrant Ban On February 24, 2021, President Biden revoked former President Trump’s proclamation issued in April 2020 that banned many immigrants from entering the United States. Biden Proclamation Revoking Immigrant Ban Included in the Trump administration’s freeze …

Immigration News Update — February 2021

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USCIS To Abide by Previous Filing Fee Amounts Under Preliminary Injunction U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will continue to abide by previous filing fee amounts because of preliminary injunctions in ILRC v. Wolf and Nw. Immigrant Rts. Project v. USCIS. USCIS said it is complying with the terms of these orders and “is not enforcing the regulatory changes set …

Immigration News Update Mid-January 2021

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Trump Extends the Visa Bans! After successfully beating back the Department of Labor initial illegal regulation on how prevailing wages are calculated for labor certification and H-1B process, the DOL has just published its updated wage regulation. It is just like a repackaged Christmas gift you really did not want. Essentially nothing has changed, its still as awful as it …

Immigration News You Can Use—Mid-November 2020

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DACA is Back, Again Federal Judge Rules New Policy Limiting DACA Is Invalid Because ‘Acting Secretary’ Wolf Was Appointed Unlawfully On November 14, 2020, a federal judge ruled that a new policy limiting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications and renewals is invalid because Chad Wolf was not legally serving as Acting Secretary of Homeland Security when he signed …

Immigration News Update October 2020

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Litigation Works! One thing that our clients have learned over the time of the Trump administration is that Litigation Works! Here at Kuck Baxter, we have been litigating in federal court against every administration since George H.W. Bush, to fight for saving and expanding the rights of our clients to due process, justice, fairness, and even forcing the various administrations …

Immigration News Update Mid August 2020 — (Newsletter) DHS and USCIS are “Illegally” Headed!

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There has been, as always, a drumbeat of news on Immigration over the last two weeks. Perhaps the biggest surprise was Friday’s arrival of new H-1B “selections” for this year’s H-1B cap Lottery, which, apparently, ended up up not reaching the cap. USCIS has been exceptionally silent in telling the public how many “new” selectees were notified, or if yet …

Mid August 2020 Immigration Update — USCIS and DHS are “Illegally” Headed!

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GAO Says Appointments of Wolf and Cuccinelli to Acting DHS Leadership Roles Were Invalid The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a decision concluding that after Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned in April 2019, the official who assumed the title of Acting Secretary, Kevin McAleenan, had not been designated in the order of succession to serve …

Immigration News Update August 2020— USCIS Raises User Filing Fees Significantly

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There has been, as always, a drumbeat of news on Immigration over the last two weeks. Perhaps none as significant and long lasting as the notice that on October 2, 2020, USCIS will be raising filing fees across the board. Some of these fee increases are deceptively hidden, such as no longer including work or travel permits in the Adjustment …