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Lawmakers Seek H-1B Visa Changes with Immigration Overhaul

Senate and House lawmakers; with support from major tech companies, seek to revise rules around H-1B visa requirements along with other changes around immigration laws. The proposals, which include raising minimum salary requirements for the visa holders, dovetail President Donald Trump’s directive to federal agencies instructing them to award the coveted visas only to the …

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TPS Holders Seek Pathway to Legal Residency

While Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) dominates immigration discussions among lawmakers in Washington D.C., individuals with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) also seek a seat at the table. At the heart of the matter, TPS holders with end-dates looming around their status want inclusion in the talks as a means of negotiating for permanent residency …

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Consequences of an Expired Green Card

Current styles of green cards remain valid for 10 years as U.S. legal permanent residents (LPRs) renew the cards each decade to receive the latest version and security updates. While failing to renew a green card prior to its expiration doesn’t affect legal permanent status, maintaining a valid green card holds open avenues of opportunity …

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Immigration Key in Budget Process

As the latest stop-gap measure designed to maintain federal government spending needs ends in early February, bipartisan lawmakers propose immigration bills as a means to avoid a budget impasse. By addressing immigration– specifically, as it relates to those young, undocumented immigrants generally classified as Dreamers– lawmakers hope to establish the kind of common ground required …

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Trump Discusses Immigration in SOTU Speech

In his first State of the Union (SOTU) speech, President Donald Trump devoted substantial time to discussing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and other immigration issues in the annual address to both houses of Congress. The speech, recorded as the third longest SOTU address in the nation’s history, included 20 minutes on …

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WH Extends DACA Outreach in Negotiations

President Donald Trump appears to make an end run around the traditional impasse Congress reaches in talks around immigration as the White House issues its own proposal. Under the president’s proposal, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program extends to 1.8 million individuals and more than doubles the number of current DACA beneficiaries. In …

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Final Re-Registration for Haiti and El Salvador TPS through March 19

Haitian and Salvadoran nationals who want to maintain Temporary Protected Status (TPS) through termination of the programs next year can re-register under the designation with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) through March 19, 2018. The re-registration process includes an automatic 180-day extension of Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) for those who don’t receive updated EADs …

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Belize, Haiti and Samoa Dropped from H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

The nations of Belize, Haiti and Samoa no longer appear on the Federal Register listing of eligible countries where nationals have eligibility to receive either an H-2A or H-2B visa in 2018. The updated listing, published on January 18, adds Mongolia to the list of countries eligible for permissions in applying for temporary agricultural and …

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WH Appeals District Court DACA Decision

After a federal district court ruled U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) must reopen processing of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) renewal requests, the White House seeks an appellate review. The legal action from the Department of Justice (DOJ) entails a notice of appeal to the U.S Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit …

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USCIS Re-Opens DACA Renewals

In response to a federal court order, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) once again accepts renewal requests to grant continuing deferred action to beneficiaries who’ve previously held Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. The court order forces a stand down to President Donald Trump’s recession of the DACA executive order signed into existence …

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