USCIS Will Accept CW-1 Petitions for Fiscal Year 2018 Beginning April 3, 2017

On April 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting CW-1 petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2018 cap. Employers in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) use the CW-1 program to employ foreign workers who are otherwise ineligible to work under other nonimmigrant worker categories. The cap for CW-1 visas for FY 2018 has not been set, but it is required to be less than the FY 2017 cap, which is currently set at 12,998.

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Rally To Demand Sheriff McDonnell Support The California Values Act!

Rally To Demand Sheriff McDonnell Support The California Values Act!

SB54 – known as the VALUES ACT – is simple. It’s a California state bill that separates the criminal justice system and the immigration system. Think of it like a big, beautiful wall between local police and Trump’s deportation machine.

But at this critical time, LA County Sheriff Jim McDonnell has chosen to stand with Trump, and is actively instigating CA Sheriffs and Senators to oppose the bill. We need to make sure there is a strong response denouncing his about-face, and sending a clear message that Trump’s politics won’t be tolerated in California.

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Proposed White House Order Would Track Undocumented Residents Via Census

A draft executive order currently under consideration by the White House would – for the first time – mandate census workers to ask respondents about their immigration status.

The mandate is embedded in a section of the Jan. 23 proposed order: “Protecting American Jobs and Workers by Strengthening the Integrity of Foreign Worker Visa Programs.” India-West previously reported on the draft order, which aims to reform H-1B, L-1, and OPT programs.

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Filipino Immigrants Urged to Know Their Rights Amid Deportations and Raids

Filipino Immigrants Urged to Know Their Rights Amid Deportations and Raids

In recent weeks, raids and deportations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials are reportedly increasing across the country following President Donald Trump’s immigration executive orders.
Because of this, organizations such as Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) are advising immigrant communities to understand how to prepare for and respond in the event ICE agents show up to their homes, workplaces or any public spaces.

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San Francisco D.A.’s Office Commits to Protecting Mexican Victims of Hate Crimes

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco district attorney’s office is sending a message to Mexican crime victims: regardless of their immigration status, they should feel safe reporting crimes to local law enforcement.

In renewal of an agreement initially signed five years ago, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and San Francisco Consul General of Mexico Gemi José González López signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) this week that the D.A.’s office and the Mexican consulate will work together to protect and support crime victims and witnesses who come forward.

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SHAMELESS ADMINISTRATION! ATTY EMI MCLEAN FOR DAD DETAINED BY ICE AS DAUGHTER WEEPS

SHAMELESS ADMINISTRATION! ATTY EMI MCLEAN FOR DAD DETAINED BY ICE AS DAUGHTER WEEPS

On Monday March 6, a rally pulling over a hundred people was held in solidarity with the family of Romulo AVELICA-GONZALEZ, a 48 year old undocumented immigrant who is currently detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as he dropped his children off at school last Tuesday.
Surrounded by a community of friends and school mates was his 13 year old daughter Fatima who captured his arrest on video.

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H-1B Petitions Premium Processing for All Temporarily Suspended

Starting April 3, 2017, USCIS will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions. This suspension may last up to 6 months. While H-1B premium processing is suspended, petitioners will not be able to file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service for a Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker which requests the H-1B nonimmigrant classification. We will notify the public before resuming premium processing for H-1B petitions.

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