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Judges Rule on Third-Country Asylum Ban

August 5, 2019

Following a joint interim rule issued by DOJ and DHS that restricted asylum, for migrants traveling through third countries to reach the United States, two judges issued rulings in separate cases.

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H-2B Petitioners Must Include Temporary Labor Certification Final Determination With Form I-129

August 5, 2019

USCIS said it will consider a printed copy of the final determination as the original and approved temporary labor certification.

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DOL Unveils New H-2A Proposed Rule

August 5, 2019

Among other things, the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking would mandate electronic filing of job orders and applications, promote the use of digital signatures and provide employers with the option of staggering the entry of H-2A workers on a single application.

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State Department Announces Temporary Establishment and Retrogression of August Employment-Based Final Action Dates

August 5, 2019

There has been a steadily increasing level of employment-based applicant demand for adjustment of status cases, and there is no indication that this trending increase will end. Therefore, the agency has established or retrogressed many of the August Final Action Dates.

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USCIS Announces Changes to Naturalization Test

August 5, 2019

A USCIS working group is revising the naturalization test, and the agency is formalizing a decennial revision process to allow for updates every 10 years.

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Important Change at the Trademark Office – U.S. Attorney Required

August 5, 2019

Beginning August 3, 2019, all foreign-domiciled trademark applicants, registrants and parties will be required to have a U.S. attorney appear on their behalf in the U.S. Trademark Office.

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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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