Vaccination Waiver (COVID 19 & others) for Immigration Medical Exam

At the time of filing of the immigrant visa at the US Consulate or an application to adjust status with the US Citizenship & Immigration Status (USCIS), every applicant must include Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, signed by a Panel Physician/Civil Surgeon that documents that the applicant is up to date…

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DHS & DOL: H-2B Visa Program Expands for FY 2019

Together, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) published a joint rule permitting an additional 30,000 H-2B temporary non-agricultural worker visas for fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019). However, this expansion comes with a condition: the additional visas will be made available only to those returning workers who have previously received…

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Presidential Memo on Visa Overstay: B-1 & B-2 Visitor Visas

The White House has released a memorandum outlining President Trump’s strategy to curtail the overstay rate for all nonimmigrant visas, with particular focus on B-1 and B-2 nonimmigrant visas. According to recent Department of Homeland Security DHS statistics, B-1 and B-2 visa overstay rates grew beyond 10 percent. President Trump has ordered the DHS to…

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USCIS Director Resigns: Trump Administration Seeks New Leader

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service Director (USCIS), L. Francis Cissna submitted his resignation at the request of the president to be effective June 1st. This departure comes in the shadow of recent changes in administration throughout the Department of Homeland Security. Many believe that the changes in administration are a result of dissatisfaction…

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CBP at the Port of Entry Refuse to Adjudicate L-1 Renewal Petitions

Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officials at the Canadian border have reportedly denied Canadian citizen’s applications to renew L-1 petitions. At the Canadian border, CBP has refused to adjudicate anything other than initial L-1 petition or applications for commuter L class visas for Canadian citizens with visa exemptions under NAFTA. The sudden change in adjudicating…

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USCIS Challenged: Court Considers Restrictive H-1B Policies

A lawsuit filed by ITServe Alliance came to court for pre-trial proceedings on May 9th, bringing forth arguments against the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) and the Service’s policies that continue to produce H-1B visa denials. While there continues to be several restrictive USCIS policies, this lawsuit brings forth the issue of H-1B…

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Treaty Investor Program Open to Israel: E-2 Visa Program

The United States Embassy in Israel announced a new agreement permitting Israeli citizens to apply to the E-2 visa starting this month. Through the treaty, Israel follows 80 other countries listed under treaty investor status. E-2 Program The E-2 treaty investor program permits any national of a country with a treaty of commerce and navigation…

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USCIS & DHS Takedown Immigration Fraud Scheme Directed at Families

In Florida, federal prosecutors and the United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announced indictment charges for Erika Paola Intriago, of Tampa, Florida. Intriago stands accused of four counts of wire fraud and three counts of wrongfully using government seals. Allegedly, Intriago posed as an immigration attorney through social media, manipulating immigrants and immigrant families from…

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USCIS on Marijuana (Naturalization)

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) updated policies related to conditional bars to naturalization due to substance abuse violations. The policy memo notes that regardless of state law, controlled substance related activity will create a conditional bar to establish good moral character for naturalization. Despite legalization in several states, Marijuana use may put…

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USCIS Issues Guidance on Child Marriage: Policy Update

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced new guidance for adjudicating officers processing a Form I-130 spousal petition involving a minor party. Now, those petitions involving a minor party will require an initial interview as a part of the early stages of the Form I-130 adjudication. Impacted Applications From April 12th, 2019 on,…

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