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TPS Designation for El Salvador to End in 2019

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on January 8, 2018 the termination of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador effective on September 9, 2019. The termination of TPS for El Salvador is delayed 18 months in order to provide time for individuals with TPS to arrange for their departure or to seek an alternative lawful immigration status in the United States, if eligible.

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USCIS & Immigration Court Closed Tomorrow (1/4/2018)

All United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) District 1 offices (Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island) and the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) – Boston Immigration Court will be closed tomorrow, January 4, 2018, due to the inclement weather. USCIS will be reaching out to every applicant (and/or their Attorneys) scheduled for tomorrow to inform them about the closure.

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TPS Designation for Haiti to End in 2019

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on November 20, 2017, the termination of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Haiti, effective on July 22, 2019. This announcement follows then-Secretary Kelly’s announcement in May that the designation would not likely be extended past six months.

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Temporary Protected Status Updates for Nicaragua and Honduras

Elaine Duke, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, announced on November 6, 2017, changes to the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program for Nicaragua and Honduras.TPS is a temporary status designated by the Secretary of Homeland Security that can be granted to eligible nationals of certain countries, who are already in the United States.

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USCIS Makes Extensions More Difficult for H-1Bs

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has updated its guidelines on October 23, 2017 to apply the same level of scrutiny to initial and extension requests for nearly all nonimmigrant classifications filed using Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, most especially H-1B petitions.

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Alert: Diversity Visa Lottery Reopened, Previous Entries Not Valid

The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) experienced a technical issue this past month on the Diversity Visa lottery and has reopened a new full entry period, starting Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 12:00pm EST and ending Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 12:00p EST.

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Republican U.S. Senator: Immigration “Deal to Be Had”

I had a brief conversation with U.S. Senator Daniel Sullivan of Alaska earlier today. I asked the first term Republican about changes in U.S. immigration law and he said “there is a deal do be had on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)” but it had to come from Congress and “we have to secure the border at the same time.”

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USCIS Changes Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-129 Petitions

The U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services ( USCIS) announced on October 12, 2017, a change in the direct filing addresses for certain petitioners of Form I-129, Petitioner for a Nonimmigrant Worker. These changes are important for all Petitioners and immigration lawyers to note as beginning November 1, 2017, USCIS will reject any Form I-129s filed at the wrong service center.

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Temporary Protected Status Changes for Sudan & South Sudan

On September 18, 2017, Elaine Duke, acting Secretary of Homeland Security enacted the following changes for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Sudan and South Sudan. Beginning November 2, 2018, TPS for Sudanese nationals will be terminated.

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Premium Processing Resumes for All H-1B Petitions

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on October 3, 2017 that premium processing for all H-1B petitions has resumed. Premium processing is the expedited processing of an application. USCIS guarantees a processing time of fifteen (15) calendar days.

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