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Green Card Backlogs Are Long, Growing, and Inequitable, CATO Institute Says

July 10, 2019

“It will take decades and—in some categories—a half century or more to process everyone else waiting now,” the report notes.

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U.S. Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for July 2019 Notes Slowdowns or Retrogressions

July 10, 2019

The Visa Bulletin also includes details on expected potential monthly movement for the next several months.

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USCIS Aims to Decrease Processing Times Based on Location for Applications for Naturalization and to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status

July 10, 2019

USCIS said this may mean scheduling applicants to appear for an interview at a field office outside of their normal jurisdictions.

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Do Not Accept Restricted Social Security Cards for I-9 Verification, E-Verify Warns

July 10, 2019

E-Verify recently reminded employers not to accept restricted Social Security cards as List C documents on the I-9 work authorization verification form.

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Trump Administration Imposes Hefty Fines on Immigrant Overstays

July 10, 2019

ICE has begun sending out notices of fines of up to hundreds of thousands of dollars to immigrants in the United States without authorization for violations including “failing to depart the U.S. as previously agreed.”

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U.S. Recognizes Extension of Venezuelan Passport Validity

July 10, 2019

The DOS released a statement recognizing an extension of Venezuelan passport validity for an additional five years past the printed date of expiration, for visa issuance and other consular purposes.

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OMB Concludes Review of EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program ‘Modernization’ Regulation

July 10, 2019

It is unclear when the regulation will be published or what, if any, changes have been made since the proposed rule was released in January 2017.

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Senator Paul Blocks Bill to Eliminate Per-Country Cap on Employment-Based Green Cards

July 10, 2019

The “Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019” , a bill that would eliminate the 7 percent per-country cap (numerical limitation) on employment-based immigrants, among other things, was blocked in the Senate by Rand Paul.

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Minnesota Passes Law Requiring Monthly Checks of the State’s Health Care Exclusion List

July 9, 2019

Effective August 1, 2019, a new law requires vendors to check the exclusion list “on a monthly basis and document the date and time the exclusion list was checked and the name and title of person who checked the exclusion list.”

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Study of Say-on-Pay Data Shows Your “Against” Vote Is Coming

June 26, 2019

In any given year, the vast majority of companies receive overwhelming shareholder support for their say-on-pay proposals; however, most companies should expect to receive an “against” vote recommendation from a proxy advisory firm at least once.

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