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  • Article: In Blow to Asylum, House Appropriations Committee Greenlights Title 42 by Aaron Reichlin-Melnick for Immigration Impact

    In Blow to Asylum, House Appropriations Committee Greenlights Title 42 by Aaron Reichlin-Melnick The House Appropriations Committee on Friday passed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill for Fiscal Year 2023, as part of the year-over-year process that Congress undertakes to fund the government. Although the bill contains several pro-immigrant measures, much of that progress was overshadowed by a successful last-minute amendment targeting asylum. The amendment would force DH...
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  • Article: BREAKING NEWS: "Judge Chhabra's Ruling Puts Regional Centers Back in Business" by David Hirson, Esq. & Mona Shah, Esq.

    BREAKING NEWS: "Judge Chhabra's Ruling Puts Regional Centers Back in Business" by David Hirson, Esq. & Mona Shah, Esq. “The agency is enjoined from treating the existing regional centers as deauthorized while this litigation is pending (or until the agency engages in a reasoned decision-making process regarding how to treat these centers under the Integrity Act).” United States District Judge Vince Chhabria brought a smile of relief to the EB-5 Industry last Friday, with...
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  • Article: State Department Denies Substantial Percentage of Employer-Sponsored Immigrant Visas by Leslie Dellon for Immigration Impact

    State Department Denies Substantial Percentage of Employer-Sponsored Immigrant Visas by Leslie Dellon Surprising data recently revealed that consular officers denied applicants for employer-sponsored immigrant visas at a far higher rate than U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers denied green cards to employer-sponsored applicants. Data analyzed by the Cato Institute shows that since Fiscal Year 2008, USCIS denied about 8% of employer-sponsored immigrants while the ...
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  • Article: Congress Ends Months of Uncertainty for Immigrant Investors in Regional Centers by Leslie Dellon for Immigration Impact

    Congress Ends Months of Uncertainty for Immigrant Investors in Regional Centers by Leslie Dellon For more than 8 months, noncitizens with approved immigrant petitions for investments in regional centers have been in limbo. Congress has now ended that limbo, by reauthorizing the EB-5 regional center program. At midnight on June 30, 2021, the congressional authorization for the EB-5 regional center program investor category expired. U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) stopped app...
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  • Article: Lawsuit Challenges Delays in U.S. Citizenship Application Processing Due to Cave-Stored Files by Leslie Dellon for Immigration Impact

    Lawsuit Challenges Delays in U.S. Citizenship Application Processing Due to Cave-Stored Files by Leslie Dellon Thirteen U.S. lawful permanent residents filed a lawsuit to end the delay by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in processing their applications to become U.S. citizens. The excessive delays are now threatening their ability to vote in the November 2022 elections. The plaintiffs each filed their applications in 2020. Yet, they are still waiting for their in...
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  • Article: Del Rio Migrant Camp Shows How Biden Administration Is Not Living Up to Its Promises by Aaron Reichlin-Melnick for Immigration Impact

    Del Rio Migrant Camp Shows How Biden Administration Is Not Living Up to Its Promises by Aaron Reichlin-Melnick Roughly 14,000 Haitians arrived at the border across from Del Rio, Texas in mid-September and walked across the Rio Grande to seek asylum. Many first left Haiti in 2010 following a devastating earthquake that killed over 100,000 people and have been pushed from country to country ever since. With Haiti in disarray following the assassination of the president, economic col...
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  • Article: Biden Administration Expands Exemptions for Afghan Nationals Otherwise Inadmissible by Rebekah Wolf for Immigration Impact

    Biden Administration Expands Exemptions for Afghan Nationals Otherwise Inadmissible by Rebekah Wolf Obtaining immigration benefits from the U.S. government is always difficult, but it is even harder for people who have ever had any interaction with an organization or government that is deemed to support terrorism. As thousands of Afghans apply for immigration benefits in the United States, many risk being denied due to interactions with the Taliban. However, the Biden administratio...
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  • Article: Why is the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw Still the Designated Post for Russian Nationals ? by Matthew R. Morley

    Why is the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw Still the Designated Post for Russian Nationals? by Matthew R. Morley On October 21, 2021, the State Department updated its Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) Section 9 FAM 504.4-8(E)(1), adding Russia to its list of so-called “homeless nationalities.” A “homeless nationality” is a country in which the United States has no consular representation or in which the political or security situation is tenuous or uncertain enough that ...
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  • Article: Immigration News That You Can Use- Some Movement on July Visa Bulletin; Renewed Guidance on Distance Learning; Changed Lockbox for Some I-485 EB Filings; NVC Current Processing Times; USCIS Says "Go Fish" by Alan Lee, Esq.

    Immigration News That You Can Use- Some Movement on July Visa Bulletin; Renewed Guidance on Distance Learning; Changed Lockbox for Some I-485 EB Filings; NVC Current Processing Times; USCIS Says "Go Fish" by Alan Lee, Esq. Some movement on July visa bulletin. Finally, some movement on family-based (FB) cases on the dates of filing chart although the employment-based (EB) categories hardly moved with the exception of the China and India EB-2 categories on both dates of filing and final action charts. The July visa bulletin is out with the following developments – FB final action dates – Only Mexico advanced, F-1 moved 1½ mont...
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  • Article: New Illinois Law Allows Public Defenders to Represent Immigrants Facing Deportation by Emma Winger for Immigration Impact

    New Illinois Law Allows Public Defenders to Represent Immigrants Facing Deportation by Emma Winger Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a law in August that would allow the Cook County Public Defender to represent immigrants in the Chicago immigration court. The law is part of a movement to expand access to legal representation for people facing deportation. It comes on the heels of another pro-immigrant Illinois law that disallows immigration detention in the state. A person ch...
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