News Updates

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE 9.22.2020

19:15 22 September in News Updates

HEADLINES   1.  DV-2020 Applicants Cannot Be Denied Visas Under COVID Guidance, Court Says - The order states that the government must undertake "good-faith efforts" to expeditiously process and adjudicate DV-2020 diversity visa and derivative beneficiary applications and issue or reissue diversity and derivative beneficiary visas to...

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE 9.14.2020

22:23 14 September in News Updates

HEADLINES    1. U.S. Revokes More Than 1,000 Visas for Chinese Students, Researchers - The revocations appear to result from President Trump's proclamation in May 2020 suspending the entry of certain students and researchers from China. 2.  When Is a Furlough Not a Furlough? - Despite USCIS backing...

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE 9.08.2020

17:56 08 September in News Updates

HEADLINES   DHS Sends H-1B, Work Authorization Rules to OMB for Review Before Publication - DHS has sent several rules to OMB for final review, including an interim final rule to redefine what constitutes an H-1B specialty occupation and an employer-employee relationship, and a proposed...

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE 8.31.2020

20:05 31 August in News Updates

HEADLINES   1.  USCIS Cancels Planned Furloughs But Predicts Further Backlogs and Slowdowns; House Passes Related Bill - Just five days before furloughs were set to begin for more than 13,000 USCIS employees, the agency announced that it was canceling those plans. However, USCIS said backlogs and...

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE 8.25.2020

15:25 25 August in News Updates

HEADLINES 1. Breaking News:  USCIS Averts Furlough of Nearly 70% of Workforce -- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today that the agency will avert an administrative furlough of more than 13,000 employees, scheduled to begin Aug. 30 as a result of unprecedented spending cuts and a...

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE 8.17.2020

20:55 17 August in News Updates

HEADLINES   GAO Says Appointments of Wolf and Cuccinelli to Acting DHS Leadership[ Roles Were Invalid -- GAO concluded that the appointments of Chad Wolf (as DHS Acting Secretary) and Kenneth Cuccinelli (as Senior Official Performing the Duties of Deputy Secretary) were invalid. Please scroll...