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December 2013
12/19/13

The USCIS Service Centers have released their latest processing times reports for the period ending November 30, 2013.

   
12/12/13

The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for January 2014 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.

   
12/10/13

The U.S. Department of State has published a chart with approval rates for INA § 212(e) waivers for Fiscal Year 2013.

   
12/03/13

The U.S. Immigration Court in Boston has granted residency to President Obama's uncle, Onyango “Omar” Obama.

   
November 2013
11/18/13

The USCIS Service Centers have released their latest processing times reports for the period ending September 30, 2013.

   
11/12/13

The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for December 2013 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.

   
11/08/13

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has released the latest Asylum Office statistics.

   
11/01/13

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced the extension of the designation of Somalia for Temporary Protected Status ("TPS") for an additional 18 months, from March 18, 2013 through September 17, 2015. The 60-day re-registration period runs from October 31, 2013 through December 30, 2013.

   
October 2013
10/16/13

The USCIS Service Centers have released their latest processing times reports for the period ending August 31, 2013.

   
10/10/13

The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for November 2013 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.

   
September 2013
09/17/13

The USCIS Service Centers have released their latest processing times reports for the period ending July 31, 2013.

   
09/16/13

The U.S. Department of State has released its instructions for the 2015 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, which include eligibility requirements, instructions for completing the electronic entry form, and FAQs. Applicants can register between noon (ET) on October 1, 2013 and noon (ET) on November 2, 2013.

   
09/10/13

The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for October 2013 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.

   
August 2013
08/20/13

The USCIS Service Centers have released their latest processing times reports for the period ending June 30, 2013.

   
08/16/13

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued the latest statistics on its processing of applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ("DACA").

   
08/13/13

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued statistics from the Asylum Office for March 2013 through June 2013.

   
08/13/13

The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for September 2013 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.

   
08/12/13

The Administrative Appeals Office has released its latest processing times report as of August 12, 2013.

   
08/02/13

The U.S. Department of State has issued Frequently Asked Questions on the implementation of the Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA").

   
July 2013
07/26/13

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued Frequently Asked Questions on the implementation of the Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA").

   
07/19/13

The USCIS Service Centers have released their latest processing times reports for the period ending May 31, 2013.

   
07/12/13

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued the latest statistics on its processing of applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ("DACA").

   
07/10/13

The Administrative Appeals Office has released its latest processing times report as of July 2, 2013.

   
07/10/13

The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for August 2013 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.

   
07/02/13

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued guidance on its implementation of the Defense of Marriage Act in connection with immigration benefits.

   
June 2013
06/26/13

The Supreme Court has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, paving the way for bi-national same-sex married couples to obtain immigration benefits.

   
06/18/13

The USCIS Service Centers have released their latest processing times reports for the period ending April 30, 2013.

   
06/17/13

The Department of Homeland Security has published a notice in the Federal Register extending the suspension of certain requirements governing employment for F-1 nonimmigrant students from Syria who are experiencing severe economic hardship as a result of the civil unrest in Syria through March 31, 2015.

   
06/17/13

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced the extension of the designation of Syria for Temporary Protected Status ("TPS") for an additional 18 months, from October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2015.

   
06/15/13

The Administrative Appeals Office has released its latest processing times report as of June 3, 2013.

   
06/10/13

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued the latest statistics on its processing of applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ("DACA").

   
May 2013
05/30/13

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced the extension of the designation of El Salvador for Temporary Protected Status ("TPS") for an additional 18 months, from September 10, 2013 through March 9, 2015.

   
05/21/13

The USCIS Service Centers have released their latest processing times reports for the period ending March 31, 2013.

   
05/17/13

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued the latest statistics on its processing of applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ("DACA").

   
05/10/13

The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for June 2013 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.

   
05/01/13

The results of the 2014 Diversity Visa Lottery Program are now available.

   
April 2013
04/30/13

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has now converted to an electronic system for I-94 card processing. Travelers will be able to obtain electronic versions of their I-94 cards at www.cbp.gov/I94.

   
04/16/13

The Administrative Appeals Office has released its latest processing times report for April 1, 2013.

   
04/12/13

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued the latest statistics on its processing of applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ("DACA").

   
04/10/13

The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for May 2013 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.

   
04/05/13

The U.S. Department of State has introduced the online "Visa Status Check," at the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC).

   
04/05/13

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2014 and more than 20,000 H-1B petitions exempt from the cap under the advanced degree exemption. After today, USCIS will not accept H-1B petitions subject to the FY 2014 cap or the advanced degree exemption.

   
04/03/13

The USCIS Service Centers have released their latest processing times reports for the period ending February 28, 2013.

   
04/03/13

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced the extension of the designation of Nicaragua for Temporary Protected Status ("TPS") for an additional 18 months, from July 6, 2013 through January 5, 2015.

   
04/03/13

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced the extension of the designation of Honduras for Temporary Protected Status ("TPS") for an additional 18 months, from July 6, 2013 through January 5, 2015.

   
March 2013
03/22/13

The USCIS Service Centers have released their latest processing times reports for the period ending January 31, 2013.

   
03/21/13

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced that it has published an interim rule in the Federal Register to automate Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record to streamline the admissions process for individuals lawfully visiting the United States. Travelers will be able to download a copy of their I-94 cards at www.cbp.gov/I94*.

   
03/21/13

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has published a notice in the Federal Register outlining the procedures for Liberians to apply to extend their immigration benefits through Deferred Enforced Departure. Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians will run from April 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014.

   
03/15/13

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that it anticipates holding a lottery for H-1B numbers subject to the Fiscal Year 2014 cap, which begins April 1, 2013. It will begin premium processing of cap-subject petitions on April 15, 2013.

   
03/15/13

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued the latest statistics on its processing of applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ("DACA").

   
03/11/13

The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for April 2013 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.

   
03/04/13

The new provisional I-601A waiver process, announced earlier this year, is now in effect.

   
03/04/13

The Administrative Appeals Office has released its latest processing times report for March 1, 2013.

   
February 2013
02/19/13

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued the latest statistics on its processing of applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ("DACA").

   
02/18/13

The Boston Globe reports that the White House has leaked a proposed immigration bill which could give immigrants without any status a path to citizenship over a period of 8 years.

   
02/11/13

The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for March 2013 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.

   
02/05/13

The USCIS Service Centers have released their latest processing times reports for the period ending December 31, 2012.

   
02/04/13 The Administrative Appeals Office has released its latest processing times report for February 1, 2013.
   
January 2013
01/29/13 The Boston Globe reports that President Obama continues to push for immigration reform, urging both parties to come together to fix a broken immigration system. The White House has issued a Fact Sheet outlining key factors of a proposed immigration reform.
   
01/15/13

The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse ("TRAC") has issued its latest report showing that only 44.5% of asylum cases were denied in Fiscal Year 2012, representing a signficant decrease in the percentage of asylum cases denied from ten years ago, when 62.6% of cases were denied.

   
01/13/13

The New York Times has reported that President Obama will soon lay out a plan to Congress for an overhaul of the immigration system, which will include a path to U.S. citizenship for undocumented individuals.

   
01/09/13

The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse ("TRAC") has issued its latest report on the government's prosecutorial discretion initiative.

   
01/09/13

The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for February 2013 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.

   
01/09/13 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has published a notice extending the existing designation of Sudan and redesignating Sudan for Temporary Protected Status ("TPS") for 18 months from May 3, 2013 through November 2, 2014.
   
01/03/13 The New York Times has published an article on the benefits of the new I-601A provisional waiver process.
   
01/03/13 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has published its final rule in the Federal Register allowing provisional I-601A waivers for certain immediate relatives of U.S. citizens who are subject subject to the 10-year bar for unlawful presence upon their departure from the United States. This rule enables qualifying individuals to obtain approval of their provisional I-601A waiver applications before departing the United States to attend consular interviews in their home countries. Previously, these individuals could not file I-601 waivers until after they had departed the United States. Individuals who entered the United States without inspection who are unable to adjust status in the United States are a large class of individuals who will tremendously benefit from this rule. In order to obtain approval of their provisional I-601A waivers, these individuals will have to demonstrate that the denial of their waiver applications will cause extreme hardship to a U.S. citizen spouse and/or child. This new procedure will drastically reduce the amount of time that these individuals must be separated from their families before obtaining their immigrant visas overseas. The process will go into effect on March 4, 2013. USCIS has provided interim guidance on the new process until further information becomes available.
   
01/02/13 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that on January 3, 2013, it will publish in the Federal Register a final rule allowing provisional I-601A waivers for certain immediate relatives of U.S. citizens who are subject to the 10-year bar for unlawful presence upon their departure from the United States. This rule enables qualifying individuals to obtain approval of their provisional I-601A waiver applications before departing the United States to attend consular interviews in their home countries. Previously, these individuals could not file I-601 waivers until after they had departed the United States. Individuals who entered the United States without inspection who are unable to adjust status in the United States are a large class of individuals who will tremendously benefit from this rule. In order to obtain approval of their provisional I-601A waivers, these individuals will have to demonstrate that the denial of their waiver applications will cause extreme hardship to a U.S. citizen spouse and/or child. This new procedure will drastically reduce the amount of time that these individuals must be separated from their families before obtaining their immigrant visas overseas. The process will go into effect on March 4, 2013. USCIS has provided interim guidance on the new process until further information becomes available.
   
01/01/13 Happy New Year from Cayer Dyson Law, P.C.!
 
 
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