News Updates

DACA Rescission Partially Blocked

By: Angelita Chavez-Halaka Jan. 13, 2018, Update:  Due to a federal court order, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA. Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017.  (Resource: […]
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Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Termination & Alternative Forms of Relief

By: Angelita Chavez-Halaka On January 8, 2018, the Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced the U.S. government’s decision to terminate the TPS designation for El Salvador. It is estimated that approximately 200,000 Salvadorians who are currently on TPS status in the U.S. could be will be impacted alone. What is TPS? TPS is […]
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Will DHS Make Changes to AC21 H-1B Extension?

By: Gladys V. Gervacio and Omar Nazarkhan Update: AILA updates practice alert noting USCIS is NOT considering change to AC21 H-1B Extension rules. (AILA Doc. No. 18010437, Posted 1/9/18) We have come across recent reports and rumors from a few media sources that seem to report that the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) intends to reverse its […]
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By 2020, All Domestic Air Travelers are Required to Show Real ID Compliant Identification

By: Angelita Chavez-Halaka Beginning January 22, 2018, residents of California will be able to obtain a REAL ID compliant identification card.  Current law has established minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards.  The law prohibits Federal agencies from accepting—for official purposes—licenses and identification cards that do not meet these standards. Not all states […]
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Starting a Business? After a Delay, USCIS is Accepting Applications Under the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER) – at least for now

By: Elizabeth Goings What Entrepreneurs Need to Know After a short delay, USCIS is now accepting requests for parole into the U.S for certain entrepreneurs seeking to start and grow start-up business under the IER program. Dependents may also accompany the entrepreneur. Although the program is in effect now, DHS may seek to remove it. […]
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Legal and Immigration Updates – December 2017

Are you ready for the 2018 H Quota? By: Melissa Chan For fiscal year beginning on October 1, Congress has established mandated annual limitations of 65,000 on the number of new H-1B visas, plus 20,000 H-1B exemptions for individuals with U.S. Masters or higher degrees per fiscal year. Although filings begin on Sunday, April 1, […]
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LEX REVISERS

COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2016 PASSED BY THE PARLIAMENT   The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2016 has been passed by both the houses, Rajya Sabha being the last to pass the same on December 19, 2017. The said awaits President’s assent to become law of the land. This bill seeks to enforce over forty amendments in the current […]
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PERM Updates

PERM Processing Times (as of 11/30/2017) Processing Queue Priority Dates Month Year Analyst Review July 2017 Audit Review April 2017 Reconsideration Requests to the CO November 2017
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Is your state-issued driver’s license or ID card acceptable for domestic air travel in compliance with the REAL ID Act?

By: Melissa Chan Congress passed the REAL ID Act in 2005 to establish the minimum-security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards and prohibits federal agencies, like TSA, from accepting licenses and identification cards for official purposes from states that do not meet these standards. Effective, January 22, 2018, your state-issued driver’s license or […]
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Are you ready for the 2018 H Quota?

By: Melissa Chan For fiscal year beginning on October 1, Congress has established mandated annual limitations of 65,000 on the number of new H-1B visas, plus 20,000 H-1B exemptions for individuals with U.S. Masters or higher degrees per fiscal year. Although filings begin on Sunday, April 1, 2018, employment cannot begin earlier than October 1, […]
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