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Unpacking the Federal STEM Initiatives and Immigrants’ Role in the US Workforce

Demand for workers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) continues to grow in the United States. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the country will need about one million more workers for new STEM jobs between 2020 and 2030. Meanwhile, immigrants are playing an increasingly important role in filling these […]

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In Blow to Asylum, House Appropriations Committee Greenlights Title 42

The House Appropriations Committee on Friday passed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill for Fiscal Year 2023, as part of the year-over-year process that Congress undertakes to fund the government. Although the bill contains several pro-immigrant measures, much of that progress was overshadowed by a successful last-minute amendment targeting asylum. The amendment would […]

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DHS Announces Expansion of Citizenship and Integration Grant Program and Open Application Period

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced the open application period for the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program, which provides funding for citizenship preparation programs in communities across the country.

State Department Denies Substantial Percentage of Employer-Sponsored Immigrant Visas

Surprising data recently revealed that consular officers denied applicants for employer-sponsored immigrant visas at a far higher rate than U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers denied green cards to employer-sponsored applicants. Data analyzed by the Cato Institute shows that since Fiscal Year 2008, USCIS denied about 8% of employer-sponsored immigrants while the average denial […]

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Biden Administration Expands Exemptions for Afghan Nationals Otherwise Inadmissible

Obtaining immigration benefits from the U.S. government is always difficult, but it is even harder for people who have ever had any interaction with an organization or government that is deemed to support terrorism. As thousands of Afghans apply for immigration benefits in the United States, many risk being denied due to interactions with the […]

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What is Form I-131: Complete 2022 Guide

Visa Nation’s Immigration News - June 22, 2022 - 13:33

Planning to travel internationally soon? If you’re a non-citizen, a refugee, or CNMI long-term resident there are some steps you need to take to protect your status before you depart the U.S. Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, serves a number of purposes including to apply for a reentry permit, refugee travel document, and advance...

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USCIS Transfers Certain H-1B Petitions to the California Service Center

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today that certain H-1B petitions and fiscal year (FY) 2023 H-1B cap petitions awaiting intake at the Vermont Service Center (VSC) are being transferred to the California Service Center (CSC) for data entry and adjudication.

USCIS Releases 22 New Fact Sheets for those Eligible to Naturalize

Visa Nation’s Immigration News - June 15, 2022 - 13:08

In late May, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) rolled out 22 new fact sheets on the naturalization process in an attempt by the Biden Administration to encourage eligible individuals to undergo the naturalization process. USCIS conducted research on the green card populations in select cities (Florida, Indiana, Illinois, California, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Texas, South...

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Ten Years Later, DREAMers and So Many Others Still Need Permanent Protection

Jeremy McKinney reflects on the importance of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative but urges Congress to take long overdue action to permanently protect DREAMers and other immigrants who have uncertainty.

DHS and DOS Announce Exemptions Allowing Eligible Afghans to Qualify for Protection and Immigration Benefits

Today, the Department of Homeland Security and Department of State took steps to ensure that vulnerable Afghans who have supported and worked with the United States in Afghanistan, and who have undergone rigorous screening and vetting, can qualify for protection and other immigration benefits in the United States.

U.S. Immigration Law – Looking Back 30+ Years

Long-time AILA member Michael Davis shares insights from his decades of practice, including the impact of 245(i) and some reflections on processes and procedures from years past, as part of our final blog post series celebrating AILA's 75 years.

Key Documents For Every H1B Employer to Save in their Public Access File

Visa Nation’s Immigration News - June 13, 2022 - 15:14

All organizations in the United States that have H1B employees are required to maintain certain records for each worker in what is known as a public access file (PAF) for the purpose of public inspection and to meet H-1B laws. Without public access files maintained, a company sets itself up for serious penalties if there...

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A Border Patrol Agent Assaulted a Citizen in His Own Home. The Supreme Court’s Ruling Lets the Agent Off.

The Supreme Court issued a decision on Wednesday barring a civil rights lawsuit against a U.S. Border Patrol agent for reportedly entering the property of a U.S. citizen without a warrant and assaulting him. The ruling in Egbert v. Boule emboldens Border Patrol agents to act without consequence, even if their actions may violate the […]

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New Fortune 500 List Shows America’s Economic Success Relies on Immigrants

America’s economic success is built on the world’s best and brightest coming to our shores bringing ingenuity, creativity, and determination. From Wall Street to Main Street, businesses started by immigrants have helped the U.S. economy enormously. The history of immigrant entrepreneurship stretches back to the country’s founding. Famously, the designer of the American financial system […]

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Parole Requests in Response to the Shooting in Uvalde, Texas

If you are seeking parole into the United States for yourself or someone else to attend a funeral or provide emergency assistance to a family member affected by the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, submit a request for urgent humanitarian or significant public benefit parole by filing Form I-131, Application for Travel Document. 

Complete Guide to the Child Status Protection Act

Visa Nation’s Immigration News - June 7, 2022 - 17:44

The immigration process can seem cumbersome and with delays still a reality from the global pandemic in 2020, some immigrants who filed petitions under the classification of  ‘children’ and now have turned 21 may wonder what their legal rights are and if they still qualify for child status. Fortunately, there are protections in place for...

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AILA Members Share Dramatic and Complex 245(i) Stories, Part 1

For our final blog post series to celebrate our 75th anniversary year, we asked members to share their most dramatic or interesting 245(i) story with us on Think Immigration. In this post, read about hidden eligibility, tears, unique circumstances, and cases that are still ongoing today!

Le DHS annonce le processus d'enregistrement du statut de protection temporaire pour le Cameroun

Le Département de la Sécurité Intérieure a publié dans le Registre Fédéral un avis sur le Statut de Protection Temporaire (TPS) pour le Cameroun.

DHS Announces Registration Process for Temporary Protected Status for Cameroon

The Department of Homeland Security posted for public inspection a Federal Register notice on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Cameroon.

Efforts to Restore Asylum at the Border Hobbled by the Courts and Congress

AILA Policy and Practice Counsel Amy Grenier shares insights on where things stand with Title 42, and the new interim final rule on asylum and credible fear, noting that "both face challenges before the federal courts and Congress."

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