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Immigration Reform: President Obama Sets the Ball Rolling
November 22, 2014
President Obama has announced his much-anticipated plans for immigration reform through executive action. Some critical aims of President’s executive actions would be to streamline legal immigration and promote naturalization; to create an opportunity for certain undocumented immigrants to register to temporarily stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation; crack down on illegal immigration at the border; and prioritizing deporting felons, not families.
DHS Announces TPS Designation for Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone
November 21, 2014
DHS has designated Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone for TPS for 18 months effective 11/21/2014. The 180-day registration period begins 11/21/2014 and runs through 5/20/2015. Eligible nationals of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone who are currently residing in the US may apply for TPS with USCIS and can also obtain an EAD to work in the US. To be eligible for TPS, applicants must demonstrate that they satisfy all eligibility criteria, including that they have been “continuously residing” in the US since 11/20/2014 and “continuously physically present in” the US since 11/21/2014.
H2B Cap Count Update
November 14, 2014
USCIS has updated the count of H2B visa petitions received and counted towards the H2B cap for the fiscal year 2015 employment. As of November 10, 2014, USCIS has approved approximately 10,682 beneficiaries for the 1st half of FY 2015.
US and China to Extend Visas for Short-term Business Travelers, Tourists and Students
November 12, 2014
The US Department of State (DOS) has announced that starting November 12, the United States and the People’s Republic of China will reciprocally increase the validity of short-term business and tourist visas and student and exchange visas issued to each other’s citizens. Qualified Chinese business and tourist travelers and students and exchange visitors to receive multiple-entry visas for up to 10 years and 5 years respectively.
December 2014 Visa Bulletin: EB2 Priority Date Advances for China, Remains Stagnant for India
November 11, 2014
In the recently published U.S. Department of State Visa Bulletin for December 2014, the EB-2 priority dates advanced in respect to China and remain stagnant for India. The EB-3 priority dates advanced for all other countries.
Temporary Protected Status: USCIS Issues Reminder to Applicants and Re-registrants
November 6, 2014
USCIS has reminded that all Temporary Protected Status applicants (TPS) and Re-registrants over 14 years old must submit their biometrics. USCIS will schedule an appointment for TPS Applicants and Re-registrants to go to an Application Support Center (ASC) to have their biometrics electronically captured about four to eight weeks after they file Form I-821 (Application for Temporary Protected Status). USCIS has reminded that if TPS beneficiaries do not attend their scheduled ASC appointment, they will delay the processing of their application and may lose their TPS.
USCIS Expands Definitions of “Mother” and “Parent” for Immigration Purposes
November 1, 2014
USCIS has issued a new policy clarifying the definition of “mother” and “parent” under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Under the new policy, a non-genetic gestational mother (person who carried and gave birth to the child), who is also the child’s legal mother, may be recognized in the same way as genetic legal mothers are treated under the INA.
DHS Announces 18-Month TPS Extension for Nicaragua and Honduras
October 18, 2014
The Department of Homeland Security has announced that it will be extending the designation of Nicaragua and Honduras for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months from January 6, 2015 through July 5, 2016. Current Nicaragua and Honduras beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register during a 60-day period that runs from October 16, 2014, through December 15, 2014. Eligible Nicaragua and Honduras TPS beneficiaries who re-register during the 60-day period and request a new EAD will receive one with an expiration date of July 5, 2016.
H2B Cap Count Update
October 8, 2014
USCIS has updated the count of H2B visa petitions received and counted towards the H2B cap for the fiscal year 2014 employment. As of September 30, 2014, USCIS has approved approximately 26,286 beneficiaries for the 2nd half of FY 2014.
FY 2015 Limit Set for CNMI-Only Transitional Workers
September 30, 2014
DHS set the CW-1 limit for FY 2015 at 13,999 – a reduction of one from the FY 2014 limit of 14,000 – to meet the CNMI’s existing labor market needs and provide opportunity for potential growth, while meeting a regulatory requirement to reduce the numerical limit each year.
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