USCIS Renews Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program

Starting today, USCIS will accept renewal applications from individuals who currently benefit from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. USCIS will also continue to accept new applications from those who have not previously…

Pentagon Plan for Young Undocumented Immigrants Put on Hold

A couple of days ago, the Huffington Post reported that the Pentagon had approved a new plan that would allow a limited number of young undocumented immigrants to enlist themselves in the army and obtain U.S. citizenship in an expedited…

Work Authorization for H-1B Spouses

On May 6, 2014, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published proposed rules that would allow spouses of certain H-1B visa holders to obtain work authorization.   According to the DHS announcement, the main goal of the initiative…

Deportations have declined by 43 percent

The New York Times reported last week that court-ordered deportations have declined by 43 percent within the last five years. New deportation cases brought by the Obama administration in the nation’s immigration courts have been declining steadily…

Immigration news | New York Times Analyzes Deportation Data

Today The New York Times featured an interesting article on the deportation practices during the Obama administration.  Based on an analysis of 3.2 million deportation cases covering the last 10 years, the Times concluded that: Two-thirds…

USCIS issues official announcement on acceptance of H-1B visa petitions for 2015

As previously noted on this blog, USCIS will begin accepting H-1B visa petitions for the 2015 fiscal  year on April 1, 2014.  Yesterday USCIS issued the following official announcement: WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services…

Immigration news | USCIS now denies more petitions for L-1B visas than before

Based on the studies conducted by National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP), denial rates for L-1B petitions have been dramatically increased in recent years. In FY 2012 and 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) increased…

Immigration news – GAO has completed assessment of Optional Practical Training (OPT) – related practices

U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has completed assessment of Optional Practical Training (OPT) - related practices and identified potential risks and noncompliance with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) regulations. U.S.…

Immigration news – Petitions reached H-2B cap for the first half of Fiscal Year

News today from USCIS: USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for the first half of Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. March 14, 2014 is the final receipt date for new H-2B worker petitions requesting…

Immigration news – Obama has ordered a review of how the government handles deportation cases

The New York Times reports that President Obama has ordered a review of how the government handles deportation cases, and that the White House is considering ways the President "could curb the number of deportations, perhaps by exempting…