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July 27, 2021
Tahreem Kalam

B-2 ‘Bridge Petitions’ no longer required for Applicants for Change of Status to F-1 Student

On July 20, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced new policy guidance that eliminates the need for individuals who have applied for a change of status (COS) to F-1 student status, to also apply to change or extend...

July 19, 2021
Hon. Robert Vinikoor (Ret.)

VACATED ASYLUM DECISIONS BY ATTORNEY GENERAL GARLAND MAY HELP PENDING ASYLUM SEEKERS QUALIFY FOR RELIEF

On June 16, 2021 Attorney General Garland issued decisions vacating Matter of A-B, 27 I&N Dec. 316 (A.G. 2018) (A-B-I), Matter of A-B-, 28 I&N Dec. 199 (A.G. 2021 (A-B-II), and Matter of L-E-A, 27 I&N Dec. 581 (A.G. 2019)...

May 13, 2021
Marjorie M. Filice

DHS Announces Continuation of International Entrepreneur Parole Program

In 2017, the Department of Homeland Security introduced the International Entrepreneur (IE) parole program, which was intended to allow foreign entrepreneurs to create and develop start-ups in the United States. This beneficial program was put into place to strengthen to...

May 10, 2021
Pawel Boruch

U.S. Embassy in Moscow limits services after Russia hiring ban

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia announced that effective May 12, 2021 the Embassy will significantly reduce its consular services to include only emergency U.S. citizen services and very limited number of age-out and life or death emergency immigrant visas....

April 19, 2021
Marjorie M. Filice

Recent DOS Updates

Earlier this week, the Department of State posted a series of updates on their Facebook page, answering frequently asked questions. The department is experiencing a backlog in interviews due in part to COVID restrictions on consular operations and travel. The...

March 02, 2021
Hon. Robert Vinikoor (Ret.)

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announces temporary guidelines for its enforcement and removal operations

On February 18, 2021 ICE implemented interim operating guidance that will temporarily govern its civil immigration enforcement and removal operations. Until Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas issues new enforcement guidelines, the interim guidelines will focus the agency’s civil immigration...

February 23, 2021
Pawel Boruch

Biden’s Immigration Reform Bill Offers Many Promising Changes to the Undocumented and Those Immigrants Applying Based on Family, Employment or Humanitarian Grounds

At the end of last week, an immigration reform bill - “The U.S. Citizenship Act” of 2021 - was introduced in both chambers of Congress. The bill’s purpose is to “provide an earned path to citizenship, to address the root...

January 27, 2021
Anna Buskila

Key Immigration Policy Changes and Proposed Immigration Reform Bill by President Biden

On his first day in office, President Biden and his administration took several immigration-related executive actions, from reversing some of the most devastating policies of the last four years to presenting immigration reform legislation to Congress. Below is a summary...

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