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ICE Ramps Up Workplace Enforcement

8/2/2018 Written by SRW Lawyers

According to the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers (ABIL), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has served over 5,200 audit notices of I-9 work authorization verifications since January. These numbers reflect an increase of 300% from fiscal year 2017, as the immigration agency carries out its mission to increase workplace audits. So far in fiscal year […]Read More >

Visa Bulletin: Effective Immediately, Many EB-1 Priority Dates Are No Longer Current

7/20/2018 Written by SRW Lawyers

The Department of State announced in the August 2018 Visa Bulletin that a final action date of May 1, 2016 will go into effect immediately for EB-1 Worldwide, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and the Philippines. All six categories had current priority dates when the July 2018 Visa Bulletin was released. USCIS will continue to […]Read More >

Policy Alert: USCIS Will Issue More Foreign Nationals Notices to Appear in Immigration Court

7/9/2018 Written by SRW Lawyers

Last week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued updated guidance that changed the agency’s policy regarding which foreign nationals will be issued Form I-862, Notice to Appear (NTA). An NTA is issued to begin removal proceedings against an individual and instructs them to appear in front of an immigration judge for a hearing. Immigration […]Read More >

USCIS InfoPass Pilot Program Complicates Scheduling Process

7/3/2018 Written by SRW Lawyers

A pilot program launched by USCIS is aimed at changing the InfoPass scheduling process. If these changes are ultimately implemented, it will make it increasingly difficult to interface with a USCIS officer. As background, InfoPass is a free online service offered by USCIS that allows you to schedule your own appointment with a USCIS immigration […]Read More >

Longer Processing Times Prompt USCIS to Update Policy

6/12/2018 Written by SRW Lawyers

Conditional green card holders, take note: if you are applying for removal of conditions, USCIS has issued a policy change that will affect you. Petitioners filing Form I-751 (Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence) or Form I-829 (Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status) will be sent a Form I-797 receipt notice […]Read More >