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SENATORS COME TOGETHER TO ANNOUNCE THEIR VERSION OF AN IMMIGRATION LAW OVERHAUL

The New York Times reported today that a group of eight bi-partisan senators has agreed on a proposal to try to overhaul the U.S. immigration law system. The senators, including…

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USCIS RELEASES STAGGERING DACA STATISTICS

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) released statistics on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program.  The numbers are overwhelming in that USCIS reported the receipt of more than…

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WILL CONGRESS TAKE A SERIOUS RUN AT IMMIGRATION REFORM?

During a speech at Georgetown University Law Center on January 16, 2013, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, stated that his committee will spend the majority…

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USCIS REVISES GUIDANCE RELATING TO LATE-FILED I-751 PETITIONS

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently revised its guidance regarding the adjudication of a joint, late-filed Form I-751, Petition to Remove the Conditions of Residence. As background, U.S. immigration…

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U.S.-CANADA VISA AND IMMIGRATION INFORMATION-SHARING AGREEMENT SIGNED

The U.S. and Canada recently signed the U.S.-Canada Visa and Immigration Information-Sharing Agreement, which allows both countries to share certain information relating to third country nationals (people who are not…

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6 NEW YORK CITY LAWYERS INDICTED FOR ALLEGEDLY PREPARING AND FILING FRAUDULENT ASYLUM APPLICATIONS

The American Immigration Lawyers Association recently reported that 26 individuals, 6 of whom are attorneys, have been indicted and charged with conspiring to commit immigration fraud for allegedly preparing and…

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DEPARTMENT OF STATE LAUNCHES ONLINE VISA STATUS CHECK

The U.S. Department of State today launched its online Visa Status Check website, which allows nonimmigrant and immigrant U.S. visa applicants to check the status of their applications online. Previously,…

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USCIS EXTENDS RE-REGISTRATION PERIOD FOR HAITIAN TPS

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Citizenship and Immigration Services, previously announced the extension of the designation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status for an additional 18 months.  The original…

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SOUTH CAROLINA FOOD SERVICE COMPANY AGREES TO $250,000 SETTLEMENT FOR VIOLATION OF ANTI-DISCRIMINATION PROVISIONS OF U.S. IMMIGRATION LAW

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it has reached an agreement with Centerplate, Inc., a South Carolina based organization that provides food to more than 250 U.S. stadiums,…

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USCIS UNVEILS FIRST VOLUME OF A NEW COMPREHENSIVE ONLINE POLICY MANUAL

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced the release of the first volume of its new online USCIS Policy Manual.  The complete Policy Manual will be made up of…

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