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April 01, 2019
Tahreem Kalam

Recent Changes to Filing Form I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status

USCIS has announced changes to the Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (Form I-539). This immigration application is commonly used by spouses and children in H-4 or L-2 status to change or extend their status while in the U.S. It can...

December 04, 2018
Marjorie M. Filice

Immigration Application Denials Are at an All Time High Under Trump

According to recently released government data, the USCIS is setting new records for denying immigration benefits. Under the Trump administration, the USCIS is denying 37% more immigration applications than it denied in 2016 under the Obama administration. More than 11%...

Some International Students Will Begin Accruing Unlawful Presence on August 9, 2018

Under a new memo that goes into effect tomorrow, August 9, 2018, some nonimmigrants in F (international student) status, J (cultural or educational exchange visitor) status, or M (vocational or technical school student) status may begin accruing unlawful presence (ULP)...

July 12, 2018
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

Supreme Court Ruling Allows More Immigrants to File for Cancellation of Removal

On June 21, 2018, the Supreme Court ruled in an 8-1 decision that a Notice to Appear (the charging document given to immigrants in removal proceedings) that does not contain a time or place for a removal hearing will not...

June 20, 2018
Tahreem Kalam

Support Immigrant Children Separated from Their Parents – Ways You Can Help

Learn the FACTS: What Law is Family Separation Based On? There is no federal law that stipulates that children and parents be separated at the border, no matter how families entered the United States. Family separation is a direct result...

April 27, 2018
Tahreem Kalam

DHS to Terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nepal

On April 26, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nepal, now the fifth country to recently lose its protected status. The termination will go into effect on June 24,...

April 11, 2018
Hon. Robert Vinikoor (Ret.)

Take it from a former judge: Quotas for Immigration Judges are a Bad Idea.

On March 30th, the U.S. Department of Justice and Attorney General Sessions announced that Immigration Judges will now be subject to case completion quotas. This unprecedented change will be effective October 1, 2018, and starting then, immigration judges will be...

April 06, 2018
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

USCIS No Longer Accepting Cap-Subject H-1B Lottery Petitions for FY 2019

As of today, April 6, 2018, USCIS will no longer be accepting new, cap-subject H-1B petitions in its randomized lottery for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. USCIS will now conduct the lottery and begin to send receipt notices and rejections over...

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