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USCIS Recommends Termination of Haiti’s TPS Designation

Acting Director, James W. McCament, recently issued a memo to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recommending that the designation for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti be terminated. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has determined that the conditions in Haiti no longer support the TPS designation.

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USCIS Issuing Redesigned Green Cards and Employment Authorization Cards as Of May 1, 2017

On May 1, 2017, USCIS began issuing redesigned Green Cards and employment authorization cards (EADs). The purpose of the redesigned cards is to enhance the fraud-resistant security measures and deter counterfeiting and fraud.

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Speak Up, Be Heard, and Demand Change with Congress!

I was able to catch up with Congressman Stephen Lynch of South Boston at a recent New England Council meeting in Boston. Always quick with a joke, Congressman Lynch said “the presidency is supposed to age the occupant of the office, not us!”

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Boston Globe Article Sheds Light on EB-5 Investment Program

The process for Eb5 Visas has changed signifiicantly in recent years; while it has never been simple, the process has become more complicated than ever before. This article, orginally published by the Boston Globe, sheds new light on the path to green card status for well-to-do entrepreneurs looking to live and work in the United States.

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Boston Biometrics Office to Move to Revere, MA

Beginning May 1, 2017, all biometrics appointments for USCIS will no longer be held at 170 Portland Street, Boston, MA. Moving forward, all biometric appointments will be at 7F Everett St, Revere, MA 02151.

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USCIS to Increase Site Visits for H-1B Beneficiaries

On April 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced new measures to deter and detect H-1B visa fraud and abuse by increasing the amount of unannounced worksite visits across the country. USCIS will be conducting site visits, especially for companies:

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Boston USCIS, Asylum and Immigration Court Closed 3/14/2017

Due to inclement weather, the Boston District Office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Asylum Office,and Executive Office of Immigration Review will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, March 14, 2017. The Boston USCIS district office is trying to reach all persons scheduled to appear tomorrow by phone today.

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Premium Processing Temporarily Suspended for All H-1 B Visas

On Friday, March 3, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the temporary suspension of premium processing (Form I-907) for all H-1B visas, beginning April 3, 2017 due to the back log in currently filed H-1B petitions. Premium processing is an expedited service which guarantees fifteen (15) calendar day processing for certain employment-based petitions and applications.

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Update: An Overview of President Trump’s Executive Orders

Since his inauguration on January 20, 2017, President Trump has signed a handful of Executive Orders causing several drastic changes in immigration law. These orders have created a great deal of concern and confusion in both the interpretation and enforcements of the orders for immigration attorneys and the federal agencies.

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Obama Administration Ends Special Parole for Cuban Nationals

On Thursday, January 12, 2017, effective immediately, President Obama repealed the “wet foot, dry foot” policy, a special parole policy for Cuban nationals. This announcement ends the ability for any Cuban who comes to the U.S. to stay and become a legal resident based on humanitarian relief.

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