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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 24, 2022 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), on December 9, 2021, issued a policy alert announcing the temporary waiver of the rule requiring the civil surgeon to sign the Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record within 60 days before filing for adjustment of status. The temporary waiver will remain in effect until September 30, 2022. “USCIS acknowledges the COVID-19 pandemic and other processing delays and now waives the 60-day rule for a one-year period,” commented Stewart Rabinowitz of the Dallas and Frisco law firm of Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C. “But the […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 17, 2022 – On November 10, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) entered into a settlement agreement with plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit in Shergill et al. v. Mayorkas regarding long delays in adjudicating L-2 spousal employment authorization applications. The settlement is effective within 120 days of the settlement date. In the settlement, USCIS agrees to issue policy guidance stating that L-2 spouses are employment authorized incident to status. Incident to status means that a person in L-2 status will already be authorized to be employed upon admission to the United States. Further, […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 10, 2022 – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released new immigration enforcement priorities for border agencies on September 30, 2021. The updated guidelines direct immigration officers to exercise discretion and assess the totality of a migrant’s circumstances when making decisions regarding arrests and deportations.  The new DHS guidelines build on early interim guidance issued under the Biden Administration, marking a return to a priority system for immigration enforcement. They are a departure from the aggressive stance adopted by the Trump Administration, which expanded the scope of arrests and deportations. “The enforcement priorities […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 4, 2022 – On November 10, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) entered into a settlement agreement with plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit in Shergill et al. v. Mayorkas regarding long delays in adjudicating L-2 spousal employment authorization applications. The settlement is effective within 120 days of the settlement date. In the settlement, USCIS agrees to issue policy guidance stating that L-2 spouses are employment authorized incident to status. Incident to status means that a person in L-2 status will already be authorized to be employed upon admission to the United States. Further, […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 20, 2021 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), on December 9, 2021, issued a policy alert announcing the temporary waiver of the rule requiring the civil surgeon to sign the Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record within 60 days before filing for adjustment of status. The temporary waiver will remain in effect until September 30, 2022. “USCIS acknowledges the COVID-19 pandemic and other processing delays and now waives the 60-day rule for a one-year period,” commented Stewart Rabinowitz of the Dallas and Frisco law firm of Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C. “But the […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 05, 2021 – On October 25, 2021, President Biden revoked prior country by country restrictions on admission to the United States by noncitizens and replaced them with a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for air travelers to the United States. The new requirement goes into effect on November 8, 2021. The White Fact Sheet and the CDC Technical Instructions place an obligation on airlines to confirm that a legitimate source issued the vaccination record of each traveler and to determine if the traveler’s vaccinations meet the CDC definition of full vaccination. “While the goal of loosening […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 8, 2021 – On August 30, 2021, the Department of State (“DOS”) announced an update to its immigrant visa processing priorities amid ongoing delays resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. U.S. consulates and embassies have been instructed to use a tiered system to determine which categories of immigrant visa applications to process first.   DOS emphasized that family reunification is the top objective of the government’s immigration policy. The Department said its updated visa processing guidance aligns with directions from Congress to prioritize applications for immediate relative visas and K-1 fiancés of U.S. citizens, followed […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 3, 2021 – A group of 125 Chinese and Indian nationals sued the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) over the potential loss of green cards once the annual quota expires by the end of the current fiscal year. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiffs argued that delays in green card processing times would cause them to miss a prime opportunity to become legal permanent residents, forcing them to wait years or decades more to regain eligibility for residency. Chakrabarti v. USCIS was filed in a Maryland district court on August 2, 2021. Around […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 25, 2021 – As vaccination rates increase both within the United States and worldwide, and new infection and death rates decrease, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) faces the formidable challenge of how to resume effective visa processing abroad to reduce the massive backlog of immigrant visa cases, which have built up while consulates have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), on June 29, 2021, issued a policy brief proposing a 10-point plan for re-opening America and re-establishing the United States as a welcoming nation. AILA recommended […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 29 21, 2021 – The U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision that foreign nationals who receive Temporary Protected Status (TPS) after entering the United States unlawfully are not eligible to adjust their status to that of a lawful permanent resident. The ruling in Sanchez v. Mayorkas on June 7, 2021, is expected to bar thousands of individuals who hold TPS from applying to become lawful permanent residents of the United States. The issue at the heart of the case was whether being granted TPS enables a person to obtain permanent resident status despite […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 13, 2021 – President Joe Biden signed an executive order that mandates an immediate “top-to-bottom” review of the Trump Administration’s restrictive immigration policies centering on inadmissibility on public charge grounds. Executive Order 14012, issued on February 2, 2021, directs the Departments of Justice, State and Homeland Security to evaluate the implementation and effects of the Public Charge Rule. These Departments are directed to consult with the heads of other relevant federal agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services.   The order also rescinds a Trump Administration memorandum requiring families to repay the […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 28, 2021 – The Biden Administration allowed Presidential Proclamation 10052 issued by the Trump Administration to expire as expected on March 31, 2021. The Proclamation temporarily suspended the issuance of certain nonimmigrant or temporary work visas to foreign nationals across several categories. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) confirmed that it would not be renewed.   “Finally, a harmful ban on L-1 and H-1B admissions imposed by the prior Administration has come to an end,” commented Stewart Rabinowitz of the Dallas and Frisco law firm of Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C. “U.S. employers can now […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 21, 2021 – The Biden Administration took recent executive action to reverse the foundational Trump immigration policy contained in the “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order, signed early on in that Administration. On January 25, 2021, President Biden signed an Executive Order which effectively revoked President Trump’s Buy American and Hire American (BAHA) Executive Order. BAHA — put in place on April 18, 2017, by former President Trump — laid the groundwork for many restrictive immigration policies that followed. Its purported goal was to increase wages and employment rates for U.S. workers by […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 14, 2021 – The Biden Administration has decided to continue the International Entrepreneur Parole Program, which provides immigrant entrepreneurs opportunities to come to the United States and start their businesses. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, on May 10, 2021, announced the withdrawal of a 2018 proposal that intended to terminate the program and end the adjudication of parole requests made by certain foreign nationals looking to set up and develop their start-up companies in the United States. “Finally, some official encouragement of entrepreneurship from the Administration on behalf of the nation to replace the […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 19, 2021 – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has proposed replacing its existing random lottery selection process for allocating H-1B visas with a weighted, wage-based system that prioritizes registrations offering highly-paid positions. If finalized, the new regulations would restrict H-1B eligibility and present additional hurdles to future H-1B sponsorship. The proposed changes, published in the Federal Register on November 2, 2020, would give preference to H-1B registrations in which employers have agreed to pay the highest corresponding wage level in the Department of Labor’s (DOL) four-tiered system. If the number of registration submissions […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 2, 2021 – On October 1, 2020, a federal judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted a preliminary injunction that stops the Trump Administration from enforcing a temporary ban on the issuance of H-1B visas and three other categories of nonimmigrant visas, as well as admission of persons already holding those visas to the United States. Judge Jeffrey S. White’s ruling in National Association of Manufacturers et al. v. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) et al. enjoins the Department of State and DHS from implementing Section 2 of […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 24, 2020 – On October 1, 2020, a federal judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted a preliminary injunction that stops the Trump Administration from enforcing a temporary ban on the issuance of H-1B visas and three other categories of nonimmigrant visas, as well as admission of persons already holding those visas to the United States. Judge Jeffrey S. White’s ruling in National Association of Manufacturers et al. v. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) et al. enjoins the Department of State and DHS from implementing Section 2 of […]


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Ridgewood, NJ(Law Firm Newswire) November 23, 2020 – NPZ Law Group is a premier legal practice dedicated to advising individuals, families and businesses on developments in the nation’s immigration laws. With President-elect Joe Biden slated to take office on Jan. 20, 2021, we anticipate a number of immigration reforms will be put into effect within the incoming administration’s first 100 days. These include: * Changes in H-1B visas — Removing limits on per-country employment-based visas and other reforms to enable more highly skilled workers to obtain visas * Changes in family-based immigration — Recognizing spouses and unmarried children of green […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 3, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced plans to expand the scope of biometric data it can require of foreign nationals and U.S. citizens. The proposal was published in the Federal Register on September 11, 2020. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), an agency within DHS, currently requires foreign nationals to provide photographs, signatures and fingerprints when filing for immigration benefits. Under the new rules, applicants will be asked to submit additional personal information including iris scans, palm prints, voice prints and facial images as part of the immigration application […]


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Ridgewood, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) September 18, 2020 – NPZ Law Group is a premier legal practice dedicated to advising individuals, families and businesses on US immigration law throughout the nation. On August 2, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a financial rule raising certain immigration and naturalization benefit request fees charged by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). USCIS fees are being adjusted by a weighted average of 20 percent to cover operational costs. Because USCIS is funded primarily through fees, not revenue, DHS claims the adjustment is necessary to prevent a $1 billion shortfall. In particular, […]


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