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My Moment – When Immigration Law Became My Path, Part 3

As AILA celebrates our 75th year, we invited members to “Share the Moment You Realized Immigration Law Was for You” and we are delighted to share the third blog post featuring those moments; this post includes four members’ stories.

USCIS Statement on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

On Feb. 6, the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services joins other U.S. government agencies and the international community in calling for an end to the practice of female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C).

Immigration Court Comes Into the 21st Century with Electronic Filing for Attorneys

Immigration courts will soon take a big step into the digital age. On February 11, 2022, immigration attorneys, accredited representatives, and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) lawyers, will be required to electronically file immigration court paperwork in new immigration cases. This update won’t make the immigration court system fully paperless. Notably, there is still no […]

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Readout of Director Ur M. Jaddou’s Virtual Briefing with Stakeholders to Mark One-Year Anniversary of Executive Orders Aimed at Restoring Faith in Our Immigration System

Yesterday, on the one-year anniversary of several executive orders (EOs) from the Biden-Harris administration aimed at restoring faith in our nation’s legal immigration system, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Ur M. Jaddou briefed national stakeholders on the agency’s efforts to implement these EOs.

Biden’s ‘Secret’ Flights of Migrants Debunked as a Routine Part of the US Immigration System

Some media outlets have reached a fever pitch over what they have deemed President Biden’s “secret flights of migrants.” They claim that the Biden administration is covertly flying migrants into communities around the country. But these flights are a regular, decades-old practice used for transporting migrants. The Government Often Transports Migrants by Plane For generations, […]

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Let’s Make International Entrepreneur Parole Great (or Even Feasible): An Open Letter to the Biden Administration

AILA Media Advocacy Committee chair Fiona McEntee and member Tahmina Watson explain why the Biden administration needs to make changes to the International Entrepreneur Parole program in order to ensure our country has a workable immigration option for startup entrepreneurs.

USCIS Updates Medical Examination Guidance for Afghan Parolees Arriving Under Operation Allies Welcome (OAW)

USCIS announced today that it is updating guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding immigration medical examination requirements for certain Afghan nationals applying for adjustment of status after arriving in the United States under Operation Allies Welcome (OAW).

U.S. Citizenship Applicants Are in Limbo Because Their Immigration Files Are Locked in Caves Underground

Thousands of applicants for U.S. citizenship have been waiting for well over a year for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to process their applications. But the problem isn’t the usual bureaucratic red tape. In this case, thousands of paper-based immigration records (known as “A-Files”) are locked in man-made caves that USCIS says it can’t […]

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My Moment – When Immigration Law Became My Path, Part 2

As AILA celebrates our 75th year, we invited members to “Share the Moment You Realized Immigration Law Was for You” and we are delighted to share the second blog posts featuring those moments; this post includes four members’ stories.

FY 2023 H-1B Cap Initial Registration Period Opens on March 1

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that the initial registration period for the fiscal year 2023 H-1B cap will open at noon Eastern on March 1 and run through noon Eastern on March 18, 2022.

Key findings about Black immigrants in the U.S.

The Pew Research Center - January 27, 2022 - 12:58

The number of Black immigrants living in the country reached 4.6 million in 2019, up from roughly 800,000 in 1980.

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DHS Announces Availability of Additional H-2B Visas for First Half of Fiscal Year

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) today announced the availability of 20,000 additional H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas for the first half of fiscal year (FY) 2022.

Delays at USCIS Will Hamper Biden’s Actions to Help Foreign Workers and Students in STEM Fields

The Biden administration recently announced four actions intended to improve immigration “pathways” for noncitizens in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. However, these changes are constrained by the delays at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and congressional limits on immigrant visa numbers. These actions include: Early Career STEM Initiative (J-1 Exchange Visitors) Expansion […]

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Declining Immigration Is Leaving US Jobs Unfilled

The labor shortages currently afflicting many sectors of the U.S. economy are being aggravated by the arrival of fewer and fewer workers from abroad. Although immigration has been slowing since 2016, the biggest declines have occurred since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020. According to economists at the University of California, Davis, […]

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Making the Case for Nurse H-1Bs

In this blog post, AILA Media Advocacy Committee member Adam Cohen highlights why the Biden administration "must do more to allow foreign nurses to bring their desperately needed skills to the U.S." in particular by rescinding the 2015 memo that prevents eligibility for most nurse positions under the H-1B visa program.

USCIS Updates Guidance on Expedite Requests

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has updated the USCIS Policy Manual to reflect new guidance on how we determine whether a case warrants expedited treatment.

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