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USCIS To Furlough Over 13,000 Employees Effective August 3

USCIS has informed its workforce that the agency plans to furlough approximately 13,400 employees beginning on August 3. The agency anticipates this will last for at least 30 days, with the potential to last three months or longer. This action comes after months of...

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Trump Signs Executive Order Restricting F, H, L and J Visas

As expected, President Trump has signed a proclamation introducing additional restrictions on entry to the U.S. for nonimmigrant visa holders. Here is what the proclamation says: Effective June 24, the entry into the U.S. of individuals on H-1B, H-2B, L-1, and certain...

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Supreme Court Blocks Effort to End DACA

The Supreme Court surprised many on Thursday by ruling that the Trump administration’s rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was arbitrary and capricious, putting the termination of DACA on hold—for now. Chief Justice John Roberts...

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New Blog Posts

The Chin & Curtis team authored several new blog posts over the past month. This month, we examined the risks of noncitizens participating in protests against police brutality, President Trump’s suspension of the entry of certain F and J nonimmigrants from China,...

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June 2020 Visa Bulletin Update

The Department of State has released the June 2020 Visa Bulletin. Cutoff dates for all countries except China and India remain current in the EB-1 category, while China advanced by one month and India advanced by 10 months. In the EB-2 category, most countries...

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Premium Processing Resumes for Certain Petitions

USCIS has resumed premium processing for all eligible Form I-140 petitions, as well as all cap-exempt H-1B petitions and other non-H-1B Form I-129 petitions filed before June 8. On June 22, premium processing will resume for all H-1B cap-subject petitions (for both...

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Visa holders, take note: risks of participating in protests

We are appalled at the historic mistreatment by police of racial minorities.  We are deeply aware of embedded racism in the United States, even on the part of people who believe that they are not motivated by race, much less racist themselves.  We understand that...

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