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White House Immigration Update – IMMIGRATION LAW ENFORCEMENT: October 09, 2017

ENFORCE IMMIGRATION LAWS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES STOP "SANCTUARY CITIES": States and localities that refuse to cooperate with Federal authorities should be ineligible for funding from certain grants and cooperative agreements. While Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) values its law enforcement partners at the State and local levels, there are hundreds of jurisdictions across the country that do not...

White House Immigration Update – BORDER SECURITY: October 09, 2017

SECURE THE BORDER BY DETERRING AND SWIFTLY REMOVING ILLEGAL ENTRANTS COMPLETE CONSTRUCTION OF THE BORDER WALL: Build a southern border wall and authorize the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to raise fees from the processing of immigration-benefit applications and border-crossings to be used for security and infrastructure. A meaningful physical barrier on our southern border is vital to prevent infiltration...

White House Immigration Update – MERIT BASED REFORMS: October 09, 2017

ESTABLISH MERIT-BASED REFORMS TO PROMOTE ASSIMILATION AND FINANCIAL SUCCESS END CHAIN MIGRATION: Limit family-based green cards to spouses and the minor children of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. Pro-worker immigration reforms would end chain migration to begin providing lawful permanent resident status based on merit, not family connections, and would promote assimilation, financial independence, and upward mobility. Most low-skilled...

White House Immigration Update – Summary: October 09, 2017

The White House released several documents relating to immigration.  The Immigration Principles and Policies are below.  Additional document released go into additional detail on the three main points laid out by the below: IMMIGRATION PRINCIPLES & POLICIES I. BORDER SECURITY A. Border Wall. Our porous southern border presents a clear threat to our national security and public safety, and is exploited...

Social Security Card Process Streamlined

USCIS released an updated Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization.  This form is designed to streamline the process for eligible applicants to also apply for a social security number.  With this update, applicants will no longer need to await their EAD card to go and file at their local Social Security Office.  They will receive their Social Security cards...

SB-4: Partially Effective

On Monday, A Federal Court allowed for the core provisions of the SB4 law to go into effect, even though it is still pending a hearing on the full merits from both sides by the US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in November. The part that is being allowed to go into effect is the provision that allows...

Travel Ban: Version 2.0

Earlier this week, with the expiration of the previous travel ban, President Trump released new travel restrictions on a new list of countries: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen.  The new restrictions on travel from these countries do vary based on the country itself. For example, foreign nationals from North Korea will be banned but a...

ICE Vs. Sanctuary Cities

As a part of a massive sweep by ICE, officials arrested nearly 500 illegal immigrants living in sanctuary cities across the country.  This raid took place over four days in cities all over the country.  Those targeted included illegal immigrants who had criminal charges or had known gang affiliations.    DACA recipients were not targeted during this raid. Here are some...

Premium Processing Resumed for FY2018 H-1B CAP [UPDATED-10/4/2017]

In USCIS’s latest update, Premium Processing is has now been resumed to applicants of the FY2018 H-1B CAP.  Applicants who are awaiting for the adjudication of their H-1B Cases may now file for premium processing. Premium Processing services however, are still suspended for other H-1B Cases.    

RECAP: Immigrant Intent, DACA, SB-4…

The New Department of State 90-day Rule The Department of State recently updated their Field Adjudicators Manual (FAM) regarding Inconsistent Conduct within 90 Days of Entry.  This subsection instructs on when officers may presume that an alien in the US has misrepresented their intention for coming into the US with a non-immigrant visa based on inconsistent conduct and seek to...

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