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  • Article: Wang v. Blinken Nixes Any Hope for Excluding the Counting of Family Members in the Green Card Caps by Cyrus D. Mehta and Kaitlyn Box

    Wang v. Blinken Nixes Any Hope for Excluding the Counting of Family Members in the Green Card Caps by Cyrus D. Mehta and Kaitlyn Box On July 9, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued its opinion in Wang v. Blinken, No. 20-5076 (D.C. Cir. 2021), interpreting INA § 203(d) to include the counting of derivatives toward the EB-5 investor cap. The Plaintiffs in the case are a group of EB-5 investors who would have been able to adjust status long ago if not...
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  • Article: Who Is Ed Gonzalez? Biden's ICE Nominee Signals Few Changes for the Agency by Aaron Reichlin-Melnick for Immigration Impact

    Who Is Ed Gonzalez? Biden's ICE Nominee Signals Few Changes for the Agency by Aaron Reichlin-Melnick U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) may soon have its first Senate-confirmed leader in nearly five years. On July 15, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held a hearing on the nomination for the head of ICE, Ed Gonzalez, who is currently the Sheriff of Harris County, Texas. Gonzalez’s nomination presents a unique opportunity to begin to rein...
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  • Article: This Special Program Gives Refugee Athletes a Chance to Compete in the Olympics by Melissa Cruz for Immigration Impact

    This Special Program Gives Refugee Athletes a Chance to Compete in the Olympics by Melissa Cruz The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has decided to expand a unique venture for the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo: The Refugee Olympic Team. The expansion is part of the IOC’s long-term effort to empower displaced athletes both before and after the Olympics. The Refugee Olympic Team will feature athletes from 13 countr...
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  • Article: Biden's Unfulfilled Promise to End 287(g) Agreements with Local Law Enforcement by Neel Agarwal for Immigration Impact

    Biden's Unfulfilled Promise to End 287(g) Agreements with Local Law Enforcement by Neel Agarwal During the 2020 campaign, President Biden pledged to end all 287(g) agreements made by the Trump administration. More than 150 days into his presidency, the promise remains unfulfilled. The 287(g) program allows the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and state or local law enforcement agencies to enter into formal agreements to permit state and local law enforcement officers to enfor...
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  • Article: Preserving F-2B preference at the NVC or consulate; Immigration video interviews; New ground for denying China NIV applications; New policies on EAD’s, RFE’s, and expedites; Possible actions for I-601A cases stymied by Alan Lee, Esq.

    Immigration news that you can use-Preserving F-2B preference at the NVC or consulate; Immigration video interviews; New ground for denying China NIV applications; New policies on EAD's, RFE's, and expedites; Possible actions for I-601A cases stymied by Castro-Tum by Alan Lee, Esq. Preserving F-2B preference at the NVC or consulate. In an earlier article, this writer questioned the procedure that applicants could use to notify USCIS that they wished to keep the F-2B designation as unmarried son or daughter of a permanent resident even as their petitioners naturalized, which move automatically changed their designations from F-2B to F-1 unmarried son or daughter of a US citizen. The aim of course is to immigrate at the earliest time...
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  • Article: Biden Administration Commits to Returning Deported Veterans by Aaron Reichlin-Melnick for Immigration Impact

    Biden Administration Commits to Returning Deported Veterans by Aaron Reichlin-Melnick Since the founding of the United States, immigrants have served in the U.S. military. In recognition of the sacrifices involved in military service, the federal government has provided an expedited path to citizenship for immigrant servicemembers for years—but it isn’t automatic and not all who serve qualify. Given how easy it is for the federal government to detain and deport immigrants i...
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  • Article: The COVID-19 Pandemic Made USCIS Backlogs Go from Bad to Worse by Walter Ewing for Immigration Impact

    The COVID-19 Pandemic Made USCIS Backlogs Go from Bad to Worse by Walter Ewing Backlogs, processing delays, and revenue shortfalls are nothing new at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The agency has long suffered from severe structural problems that hurt people who depend on it for work authorization, adjustment of status, naturalization, and many other immigration benefits. However, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on agency operations has made a bad situation muc...
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  • Article: The Refugee Consultation Process Is in Serious Need of Reform by Haley Hamblin

    The Refugee Consultation Process Is in Serious Need of Reform by Haley Hamblin About one year ago, on World Refugee Day, then-presidential candidate Joe Biden committed to increasing the annual number of refugees admitted to the United States to 125,000 and declared his intent to “further raise it over time commensurate with our responsibility, our values, and the unprecedented global need.”  In February 2021, President Biden announced that the U...
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  • Article: FAQs on the June 2021 EB-5 Program Changes by H. Ronald Klasko and Tammy Fox-Isicoff

    FAQs on the June 2021 EB-5 Program Changes by H. Ronald Klasko and Tammy Fox-Isicoff The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program saw two very important changes in June 2021. Below are the most common questions our EB-5 visa lawyer team members have been answering as the industry adjusts to these major, and likely temporary, changes. WHAT EB-5 PROGRAM CHANGES OCCURRED IN JUNE 2021? Two major changes occurred. First, a federal court ruled that the Novembe...
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  • Article: Requesting Premium Processing on a Downgraded I-140 Petition by Cyrus D. Mehta and Kaitlyn Box

    Requesting Premium Processing on a Downgraded I-140 Petition by Cyrus D. Mehta and Kaitlyn Box In October 2020, USCIS’ decision to apply the Filing Dates, rather than the Final Action Dates, to employment-based I-485 adjustment of status applications, together with advancement in the Filing Dates in the State Department Visa Bulletin allowed many noncitizen workers who had been trapped in the green card backlogs for years to file I-485 adjustment of status applications. Since the...
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