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IMMIGRATION BILL EXTENDS EB-5 AND OTHER PROGRAMS DOOMED TO “SUNSET”

On September 28, 2012, President Obama signed Senate Bill 3245 into law.  This law, originally introduced in May, provides an extension of the EB-5 Regional Center “pilot program”, as well…

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SAME SEX PARTNERS CONSIDERED “FAMILY” FOR PROSECUTORIAL DISCRETION

The widely publicized June 2011 “Morton memo” regarding the efforts of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) to exercise prosecutorial discretion when encountering certain foreign nationals in unlawful status, has been…

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DOS RELEASES 2014 DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY INSTRUCTIONS

According to a notice issued on September 21, 2012, the 2014 Diversity Visa Lottery Program will open at noon (Eastern time) on October 2, 2012, and close at noon (Eastern…

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CBP PROPOSES TO CLOSE THE JAMIESON LINE, NY BORDER CROSSING

On September 24, 2012, the United States Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”), published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in The Federal Register proposing to close the…

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TPS FOR HAITI EXTENDED

The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, recently announced that the Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) designation for Haitians who have continuously resided in the U.S. since January…

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NEW VISA PROCESSING SYSTEM IMPLEMENTED THROUGHOUT INDIA

The United States Department of State announced a new visa processing system that will be implemented throughout India beginning on September 26, 2012.  According to Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs,…

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ICE PERMITS ATTORNEYS TO BRING LAPTOP COMPUTERS INTO DETAINED IMMIGRATION COURTS

On September 12, 2012, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Public Adovcate, Andrew Lorenzen-Strait, announced a policy change that now permits attorneys to bring laptop computers into the 24 U.S. immigration courtrooms…

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U.S. ICE OFFICERS SEEK INJUNCTION IN RESPONSE TO THE “CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS” PROGRAM

On August 23, 2012, a group of ten U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) officers filed a Complaint in the United States District court for the Northern District of Texas,…

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EAD RENEWALS –DON’T FILE TOO SOON

The American Immigration Lawyers Association recently relayed information received from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Vermont Service Center, to remind applicants that the agency will reject an I-765, Application…

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2014 DV LOTTERY PROGRAM SET TO START – BEWARE OF SCAMS!

The U.S. Department of State recently announced the upcoming commencement of the 2014 Diversity Visa Lottery Program.  According to the Department, online registration for the program will begin on October…

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