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  • Article: Positive Changes to 90-Day Misrepresentation Guidance in the Foreign Affairs Manual – Especially for Foreign Students By Cyrus Mehta

    Positive Changes to 90-Day Misrepresentation Guidance in the Foreign Affairs Manual – Especially for Foreign Students by Cyrus Mehta In September 2017, the State Department abruptly amended the Foreign Affairs Manual to provide consular officers with broader grounds to find that foreign nationals misrepresented their intentions when they came to the United States on nonimmigrant visas. A finding of fraud or misrepresentation under INA § 212(a)(6)(C)(i) can result in a permanent ground...
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  • Article: H-1B Adjudication Season: What to Expect, How to Prepare By Sheila Danzig

    H-1B Adjudication Season: What to Expect, How to Prepare by Sheila Danzig With H-1B filing season over and the lottery completed on April 11 th, 2019, it is now time to wait – and to prepare. USCIS notifies those who have been selected in the H-1B lottery first, and premium processing cases are expected to be alerted that they were selected by the first week of June, with rejection receipts expected to finally arrive at the end of July. While beneficiaries cannot contact USCIS directly ab...
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  • Article: Newly Unveiled Government Documents Show DHS’ Plans to Punish and Criminalize Parents By Emily Creighton for Immigration Impact

    Newly Unveiled Government Documents Show DHS’ Plans to Punish and Criminalize Parents by Emily Creighton for Immigration Impact Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kevin McAleenan will testify before two congressional committees this week. He is likely to be asked questions about the government’s family separation polices, it’s poorly executed family reunification efforts, and what comes next for the families seeking protection inside the United States. McAl...
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  • Article: Ready Plan B Before H-1B RFE Season Begins By Sheila Danzig

    Article: Ready Plan B Before H-1B RFE Season Begins By Sheila Danzig

    Ready Plan B Before H-1B RFE Season Begins by Sheila Danzig On April 11th, USCIS completed the H-1B lottery. This year, 201,011 H-1B cap subject petitions were filed from April 1st to April 5th. That’s about 11,000 more petitions than last season. This year, H-1B candidates with advanced degrees of a US Master’s degree or higher had a 16% greater chance of being selected for the lottery because of the advanced degree reversal. In previous years, the 20,000 advanced degree visas w...
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  • Article: Why the White House’s Measures to Curb Visa Overstays Are Inadequate By Guillermo Cantor for Immigration Impact

    Why the White House’s Measures to Curb Visa Overstays Are Inadequate by Guillermo Cantor for Immigration Impact The White House issued a memo on Monday directing the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security to provide recommendations to reduce visa overstays . The recommendations, which are expected within 120 days, may include suspending or limiting entry of nationals of countries with high nonimmigrant visa overstay rates. Why is the administration pursuing these changes now? T...
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  • Article: HUD Proposes to Evict Citizens and Immigrants from Public Housing if They Have Undocumented Family Members By Ericka Cruz for Immigration Impact

    HUD Proposes to Evict Citizens and Immigrants from Public Housing if They Have Undocumented Family Members by Ericka Cruz for Immigration Impact An estimated 25,000 families in public housing are of mixed-status, meaning that at least one family member is a citizen, legal permanent resident, or refugee and another member is undocumented. Although undocumented immigrants do not qualify for housing benefits, current rules allow them to live with their families who do qualify. However, this may soon change. Under...
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  • Article: Payment Of Fees Becomes More Restrictive At U.S.C.I.S.; Aliens Being Defrauded By DHS Look-Alikes; H-1B Denial Rates Show Need For Lawyers And Sharper Lawyering By Alan Lee, Esq.

    Payment Of Fees Becomes More Restrictive At U.S.C.I.S.; Aliens Being Defrauded By DHS Look-Alikes; H-1B Denial Rates Show Need For Lawyers And Sharper Lawyering by Alan Lee, Esq. The purpose in writing about the above 3 topics is to inform on new restrictions on U.S.C.I.S. fee payments, warn readers who are not already aware of a doppelgänger DHS scam, and to encourage use of lawyers and sharper lawyering in the face of record H-1B denials. 1. How to pay at U.S.C.I.S. – Your wife’s mother is dying in the home country an...
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  • Article: Tuition Equity Policies for Immigrant Students Continue to Advance at the State Level By Tory Johnson for Immigration Impact

    Tuition Equity Policies for Immigrant Students Continue to Advance at the State Level by Tory Johnson for Immigration Impact Attending a four-year public college or university is out of reach for many students without U.S. citizenship. But thanks to a growing number of new state laws—which make certain students eligible for in-state tuition rates—many more college hopefuls may be able to pursue higher education. There is a notable trend among the many immigration-related ...
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  • Article: Evangelicals and Gangs in Central America By Robert Kirkland

    Article: Evangelicals and Gangs in Central America By Robert Kirkland

    Evangelicals and Gangs in Central America by Robert Kirkland Evangelical churches today can be found in almost every neighborhood in Latin America. Evangelicals today account for almost 20 percent of the population in Latin America up from 3 percent three decades ago. In Central American countries, evangelicals are near majorities. During immigration hearings, Central American evangelicals often express fear of returning to their country of origin due to gang animosity towards them. If t...
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  • News: USCIS is Ending Forms Request Line

    News: USCIS is Ending Forms Request Line

    USCIS is Ending Forms Request Line Starting June 1, we are ending the Forms Request Line service that allows you to order forms by phone. This is part of our continuing effort to modernize our processes and promote our online products and servi...
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