Immigration Law

August 2019 Visa Bulletin Shows Extensive Retrogression Across Employment-Based Categories

By Attorney Michele Strickland The August 2019 Visa Bulletin, released by the U.S. Department of State earlier this month, shows substantial retrogression affecting employment-based categories worldwide. The State Department expects the retrogression to be short lived and anticipates that the final action dates should return to those listed in the July 2019 Visa Bulletin by the start of fiscal year 2020 …

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There’s a new docket in the Houston Immigration Courts— The Status Docket

Recently, we have seen that Judges in the non-detained Houston immigration courts have been offering for some individuals to be placed on the “status docket.”  A status docket allows for an individual case to be placed on hold during the pendency of a process with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  Being placed …

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Nielsen v. Preap, Supreme Court Ruling 2019

In a new case earlier this month, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Nielsen v. Preap that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) can detain convicted immigrants after the alien is released from criminal detention. The wording of the ruling has left immigration advocates and civil rights groups alarmed at its vagueness; when does release from criminal …

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Changes to “I-539” Application to Extend/Change Non-Immigrant Status-What to Look Out For

On March 08, 2019,  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) issued a “significantly revised” I-539 Application to Extend/Change Non-Immigrant Status. Many people are familiar with the I-539 as it is the application used to extend anything from a tourist visa to an H-1B visa.  Significant changes involved in USCIS’ revision to the I-539 include: (1) …

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