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Premium Processing Available for All H-1B Petitions

USCIS announced that it will now accept premium processing for all H-1B petitions starting on October 3, 2017. The Trump Administration had temporarily suspended premium processing for H-1B petitions during the H-1B cap processing in April of 2017. During the summer of 2017, USCIS had slowly started to accept premium processing for some – but

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Trump Makes It Harder to Get F-1 Student Visas

In August, the Department of State (DOS) changed the existing guidance in its Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) to make it harder for applicants to obtain F-1 student visas. The manual now contains stricter language directing consular officers abroad to assess the F-1 visa applicant’s plans regarding departure from the United States upon completion of his

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Camiel Becker to Consult with DACA Entrepreneurs at the Festival of Undoculnnovation

On Saturday, September 23, 2017, Becker & Lee Partner Camiel Becker will provide consultations to DACA entrepreneurs at the upcoming Festival of Undoculnnvoation, where entrepreneurial DREAMers from around the country will meet in Sausalito, California to share their projects and look for funding and support. Read more about DACA entrepreneurs here. Trump’s recent DACA announcement

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Founding Partner Christina H. Lee to Discuss the Basics of Mandatory Detention

Founding Partner Christina H. Lee and The Honorable Mimi E. Tsankov (personal capacity) will discuss the basics of mandatory detention with a focus on practice before the Executive Office of Immigration Review during the Federal Bar Association webinar, which will take place on September 26th, 2017 at 9 am PT/12 pm EST. This webinar is

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What DACA Holders Need to Know About President Trump’s DACA Phase Out

On September 5, 2017, President Trump directed DHS and USCIS to phase out President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.  Since 2012, certain immigrants who entered the United States illegally as minors and meet other requirements have been given a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and have been given employment

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DHS Planning to Require Interviews for All Employment-based Green Card Applicants

Yesterday, a USCIS press release announced that mandatory interviews will soon be in place for employment-based and refugee-based green card applicants.  Specifically, applicants for adjustment of status (“green cards”) based on employment and refugees and asylees petitioning to join a principal refugee or asylee applicant (Form I-730) will be subject to interviews.  USCIS will begin

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Premium Processing Resumes for Cap-Exempt H-1B Petitions

USCIS announced it would immediately resume premium processing for some cap-exempt H-1B petitions starting July 24, 2017. Premium processing for most H-1B petitions is still suspended, however. The H-1B petitions which can be filed with premium processing include only those filed by: An institution of higher education; A nonprofit affiliated with or related to an

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