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New England AILA Members Joined Community and Government in Helping Newcomers

AILA New England Chapter Chair Robin Nice describes the recent successful set of EAD clinics hosted in Massachusetts, where state and federal agencies worked together with local partners and volunteers "to address immigration issues in a cooperative, common sense, humane manner."

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USCIS Issues Policy Guidance on “Ability to Pay” Requirement When Adjustment of Status Applicants Change Employers

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today issued policy guidance on how we analyze an employer’s ability to pay the proffered wage for immigrant petitions in certain first, second, and third preference employment-based immigrant visa classifications, including instances when the sponsored worker is changing employers.

Digging Into One Key Aspect of Refugee Designations

AILA Law Journal author Betsy Fisher shares more about her recent article published in the journal which reflects on the disappointing results she has seen in one kind of humanitarian program: Priority-2 (or P-2) refugee resettlement, and seeks to identify ways to best leverage P-2 resettlement.

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USCIS Announces Inflation Adjustment to Premium Processing Fees

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a final rule that will increase the filing fee for Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing, to adjust for inflation.

Advancing Gender and Sex Equality in Asylum Protections 

AILA Law Journal Author Elaine Wood shares a bit about her article entitled “Persecution Taxonomy: Adding Sex and Gender as Protected Grounds for Asylum” in which she argues persuasively that revising the applicable language is now imperative to address contemporary concerns.

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USCIS Updates Policy Guidance for International Students

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance regarding the F and M student nonimmigrant classifications, including the agency’s role in adjudicating applications for employment authorization, change of status, extension of stay, and reinstatement of status for these students and their dependents in the United States.

SCOTUS to Decide When Courts Can Review Decisions about Immigration Relief… Again

Families are complicated. Especially during the holidays, that’s something we can all agree on. But most of us can’t – or will never have to – imagine being forcibly separated from our closest relatives because an overworked immigration judge (IJ) misapplied a legal standard in deciding whether someone is entitled to stay in the United […]

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An Article I Immigration Court

The Honorable Mimi Tsankov, President of the National Association of Immigration Judges, shares brief highlights of her article on the need for an independent Article I immigration court, featured in the Fall 2023 edition of the AILA Law Journal.

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White House Leans Into Trump-Era Immigration Policy Changes to Get Ukraine Aid

The Biden administration signaled on December 12 that it is willing to make disastrous—and permanent—changes to asylum and immigration policy to obtain temporary military aid for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan. Top White House officials reportedly met with some of the key Senate negotiators, Sen. James Lankford (R-OK), Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema […]

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USCIS Changes Filing Location for Form I-907 for Pending Form I-140

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin transitioning the filing location for Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing, when filed for a pending Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, from the service centers to appropriate USCIS lockboxes on Dec. 15.

USCIS Reaches Fiscal Year 2024 H-1B Cap

USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions needed to reach the congressionally mandated 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap and the 20,000 H-1B visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap, for fiscal year (FY) 2024.We will send non-selection notices to registrants through their online accounts over the next few days. When we finish sending these non-selection notifications, the status for properly submitted registrations that we did not select for the FY 2024 H-1B numerical allocations will show:

DHS Publishes Federal Register Notice Announcing the Extensions of Re-Registration Periods for Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan

Consistent with its September announcement, the Department of Homeland Security today published a Federal Register notice reiterating the extensions of the periods to re-register for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under the existing designations of El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan.

USCIS Updates Guidance and Clarifies Policy on Family-Based Conditional Permanent Residence

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is updating guidance on family-based conditional permanent residence in its Policy Manual. The update consolidates and updates guidance on eligibility, filing, and adjudication for Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence.

States Facing Worker Shortages Are Helping Migrants Secure Employment with New Resource Clinics

Many migrants, after being released from government custody, resettle in interior communities. These individuals and families often need immediate support in the form of housing, food, and clothing, frequently lack documentation from their country of origin, and have limited understanding of their immigration status in the United States. Many come ready and eager to work. […]

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What’s Inside the Fall 2023 Edition of the AILA Law Journal?

Editor-in-Chief Cyrus Mehta describes the topics and issues covered in the Fall 2023 edition of the AILA Law Journal, highlighting the set of timely and important articles; the digital edition is available free to AILA members.

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End-of-Year Reflection on the State Department’s FY23 Visa Processing Achievements and What Needs to Be Done Next

AILA Senior Policy Associate Paul Stern shares an end-of-year reflection on how the State Department's visa processing went in Fiscal Year 2023, and lays out the work that remains, including how Congress can help address the delays and backlogs permanently.

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Key facts about the wealth of immigrant households during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Pew Research Center - December 4, 2023 - 09:58

The median wealth of immigrant households increased by 42% from December 2019 to December 2021.

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Lawsuits Prompt Immigration Agencies to Publish Critical Documents in Their FOIA Libraries

Last September, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agreed to publish past versions of the Department of Homeland Security’s Privacy Impact Assessments on CBP One, the app that allows asylum seekers to schedule inspection appointments, among other functions. CBP agreed to post these documents in the agency’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) library. Agencies’ FOIA libraries—or […]

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What We Know About the Senate Negotiations That Could Wreck Asylum in the US 

Members of the U.S. Senate are currently negotiating a deal to continue funding the federal government next year, as well as providing military aid to Ukraine But the cost could be the federal government’s ability to provide humanitarian protection to migrants in need. According to public reporting, Senate negotiators are considering several potential restrictions to […]

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Let’s Put the H-2B Visa Category to Work!

Ally Bolour describes the H-2B visa program, which Congress enacted to meet the demand of U.S. businesses for temporary workers in non-agricultural occupations, and urges specific changes to make the program more effective and responsive to American employers’ needs.

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