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  • USCIS Issues Implementation Guidance on DACA Policy Changes

    On July 28, 2020, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, issued a policy memorandum (“Wolf Memorandum”) making changes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. A full breakdown of the changes to the DACA under the Wolf Memorandum can be found here. USCIS released guidance on how it will implement the Wolf Memorandum’s changes on August 24, […]

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  • DHS Announces Changes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Policy

    On July 28, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security announced changes to the DACA policy while it fully reconsiders the policy. The changes and reconsideration of DACA follow the Supreme Court’s June 18, 2020 decision, which invalidated 2017 and 2018 memoranda that fully rescinded the DACA policy. Changes to the DACA Policy In the July […]

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  • USCIS Proposes Filing Fee Increases

    On November 14, 2019, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a proposed regulation, which would substantially increase the filing fees for many types of immigration benefits. The agency’s notice of proposed rulemaking, which is published in the Federal Register, explains that the proposed regulation would increase costs for most petitioners and applicants...

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  • DACA Update: Supreme Court Won’t Hear Appeal of DACA Ruling

    In September, the Trump administration announced that it would shut down the DACA program on March 5. Since then, two federal judges have ordered the administration to maintain major components of the program while legal challenges move forward. In January, Judge William H. Alsup of the Federal District Court in San Francisco ruled that the […]

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  • Updating the DACA Issue

    As expected, immigration was a central focus of President Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday evening, as he walked listeners through the latest DACA proposal. “For over 30 years, Washington has tried and failed to solve this problem,” Trump said. “This Congress can be the one that finally makes it happen.” The President has […]

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  • From the Desk of Rosanna Berardi: The Government Shutdown

    Late last week, the federal government shut down. While this isn’t completely out of the norm, what is unusual is the fact that the controversy focused on our U.S. immigration system. President Trump’s presidential campaign and first year of office focused heavily on comprehensive immigration reform. The Immigration and Nationality Act hasn’t been formally amended since 1996 and […]

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  • Breaking News on H-1B Extension Rules and DACA Phase-out

    USCIS Not Considering Change to H-1B Extension Rules The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has stated that it is not considering a regulatory change to the H-1B extension rules. It was previously reported that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was looking at whether it could stop approving H-1B extensions for H-1B workers who […]

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  • Frequently Asked Questions: DACA

    On September 5, 2017 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) initiated a gradual phase out of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Over the next six months, DHS will consider certain requests for DACA and applications for work authorization. Q: Is there a grace period for DACA recipients with expiring EADs to make arrangements […]

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  • Obama Immigration Case in the U.S. Supreme Court

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to hear an argument on President Obama’s recent executive action on immigration. Twenty-six states secured a preliminary injunction against the President’s initiatives from a Texas judge in November, putting a halt on the program. The Obama administration then appealed, petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court on November 20th for […]

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  • Enlisting ‘Dreamers’ into the United States Army

    The House of Representatives last week voted to remove a measure from the National Defense Authorization Act that asked the Secretary of Defense to review policies on whether certain undocumented young people, often called “Dreamers,” can join the military if they have work authorization. During the last five months, the Pentagon has enlisted 81 of […]

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