Airline Staffing Executive Sentenced to Prison for Years of Immigration Fraud

SAN DIEGO – Eleno Quinteros, Jr., the former vice president of operations for two airline mechanic staffing companies, was sentenced today to 12 months in prison for making false statements in support of legal permanent resident petitions for dozens of the companies’ mechanics....

USCIS Toughens “Unlawful Presence” Interpretation for F-1, M-1, and J-1 Students and Exchange Visitors, and their Dependents

On Friday, May 11, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new policy memorandum notifying its officers of a change in USCIS policy regarding the interpretation and calculation of unlawful presence for foreign nationals in the United States as F-1...

F-1 OPT STEM Update – No Third-Party Placement

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) updated guidance on the OPT STEM extension program that allows F-1 STEM program graduates to obtain an additional 24 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) work authorization to work for employers that participate in the...

Class action granted in H-2B visa lawsuit

Kevin Kerrigan | The Guam Daily Post The District Court of Guam has granted class action status to the lawsuit filed by the Guam Contractors Association and 11 other plaintiffs against the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services over USCIS’ blanket denial of H-2B visas...

U.S. Immigration agency to more closely monitor caseworkers, documents show

By Nick Miroff, The Washington Post The federal agency that runs the U.S. immigration system is creating an internal division to more rigorously police its own caseworkers, a move possibly aimed at those who may be too lenient with applicants seeking residency or citizenship,...

Acting Press Secretary Tyler Q. Houlton Statement on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 7, 2018 ACTING PRESS SECRETARY TYLER Q. HOULTON STATEMENT ON DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS “In compliance with court injunctions, USCIS is accepting and adjudicating DACA...

USCIS Changes Policy on H-1B Petitions for Off-Site Workers

On Thursday, February 22, 2018, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new policy memorandum notifying USCIS adjudicators of a change in USCIS policy regarding H-1B petitions filed on behalf of employees who will be assigned to work off-site, also called...

Court Officers Can’t Hold People Solely Under ICE Detainers, Massachusetts Justices Rule

By JESS BIDGOOD JULY 24, 2017 BOSTON — The highest state court in Massachusetts ruled on Monday that court officers do not have the authority, under state law, to hold people in custody based solely on the requests from federal immigration authorities known as civil detainers....

One-Time Increase in H-2B Visa Availability

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) announced that the Departments of Labor (DOL) and Homeland Security (DHS) will publish a final rule on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, increasing the number of available H-2B nonimmigrant visas by up to 15,000 through the end of Fiscal...

New Form I-485 Triples the Length of Current Form – Applicants for Permanent Residency Must Provide Greater Detail

On June 26, 2017, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) announced publication of a new Form I-485, which is the form used to apply for permanent resident status (“green card”) in the United States.  The new form is 18 pages and requires applicants to provide greater...
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