USCIS is extending the previously announced temporary suspension of premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions and, beginning Sept. 11, 2018, will be expanding this temporary suspension to include certain additional H-1B petitions. We expect these suspensions will last until Feb. 19, 2019, and will notify the public via uscis.gov before resuming premium processing for these petitions.Details
WASHINGTON— U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a revised final policy memorandum (PDF, 129 KB) related to unlawful presence after considering feedback received during a 30-day public comment period that ended June 11, 2018. Under the revised final policy memorandum, effective Aug. 9, 2018, F and M nonimmigrants who fall out of status and timely file for reinstatement of that status will have their accrual of unlawful presence suspended while their application is pending.Details
Trump Administration Proposal Could Punish Legal Immigrants If Their Family Members Use Public Assistance
A proposed rule change by the Trump administration could sharply curtail the number of legal immigrants eligible to become permanent residents by penalizing them if their family members receive public assistance — even if those family members are U.S. citizens.
According to a 7 August 2018 NBC report, the proposed change to what is known as the “public charge” rule will be published imminently in the federal register, at which point the public will have the opportunity to comment before it becomes official.Details
HUNGER STRIKERS AND THEIR ATTORNEYS DENOUNCE ABUSIVE CONDITIONS AT ADELANTO DETENTION FACILITY, ANNOUNCE A CIVIL RIGHTS LAWSUIT
Eight asylum seekers who went on a hunger strike in June 2017 to protest deplorable conditions at the Adelanto Detention Facility, a private prison used to hold immigrants asking for asylum, today sued the prison, as well as local and federal government entities.Details
Eddie Huang is ready to dismantle the harmful stereotypes and misconceptions surrounding immigrants.
In a recent interview with a National Public Radio station, the restaurateur and author talked about his upcoming unscripted TV show “Cash Only,” which looks at the culture and identity behind immigrant kitchens. Huang said the project’s impetus stems from his desire to change minds about the immigrant experience ― especially during a time when harmful rhetoric on that helps influence the zeitgeist.Details
WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today posted a policy memorandum (PDF, 113 KB) (PM) that provides guidance to USCIS adjudicators regarding their discretion to deny an application, petition, or request without first issuing a Request for Evidence (RFE) or Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) when required initial evidence was not submitted or the evidence of record fails to establish eligibility.Details
What U.S. immigration policy has to do with wages and labor shortages
think that the idea that if we don’t get immigrants in then this will push wages up is not really supported by the recent experience in the labor market in the U.S. There is a problem of wage growth, especially for low-skilled workers in the sense that wages have not grown very much in the last two decades. But the reason for that, economists argue, are more [about] the changing nature of jobs — mechanization, computerization [and] offshoring, rather than the local force of demand and supply.
Tighter immigration policies are becoming a new hurdle in the global race for talent.
Janette Marx, who runs a global workforce solutions company with a hub in Houston, spoke with the Houston Chronicle about global trends in hiring.Details
SUPREME COURT RULING IN FAVOR OF MUSLIM BAN SHOWS JUSTICES, TOO, ARE WILLING TO SEPARATE IMMIGRANT FAMILIES, AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IS ONLY FOR SOME IN THIS COUNTRY
Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) condemns Supreme Court decision in Trump v. Hawaii, in which the justices sided with the Trump administration, affirming its authority to restrict travel to the United States from certain predominantly Muslim countries.
The decision, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, comprised Trump’s third version of the travel ban, whose earlier versions were rejected by lower courts. The Court, by a 5-4 margin, said the ban fell “squarely” within Trump’s authority and turned a blind eye to President Trump’s numerous tweets and statements demonizing Muslims. We now see the Supreme Court joining this administration in its effort to tear apart immigrant families.
SUPREME COURT RULING AGAINST PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS IS IN LINE WITH TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ATTACKS ON WORKERS AND IMMIGRANTS
Today’s Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME is another attack on the workers in this country, another sign that the U.S. Supreme Court has surrendered its independence as the third branch of our federal system to become an instrument of the Trump administration.Details