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December 2015
12/14/15

The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for January 2016 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.

   
November 2015
11/17/15

The USCIS Service Centers have released their latest processing times reports for the period ending September 30, 2015.

   
11/10/15

The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for December 2015 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.

   
11/01/15

Attorney Stephanie Dyson has been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer for 2015 in immigration law as published in Boston Magazine.

   
11/01/15

The Administrative Appeals Office has released its latest processing times report as of November 1, 2015.

   
October 2015
   
10/09/15

The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for November 2015 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.

   
10/01/15

The Administrative Appeals Office has released its latest processing times report as of October 1, 2015.

   
10/01/15

The U.S. Department of State has posted its Fiscal Year 2017 Diversity Visa Lottery instructions for the period October 1, 2015 to November 3, 2015.

   
September 2015
09/14/15

The Administrative Appeals Office has released its latest processing times report as of September 1, 2015.

   
09/09/15

The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for October 2015 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.

   
09/03/15

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has designated Yemen for Temporary Protected Status ("TPS") from September 3, 2015 through March 3, 2017. The registration period runs from September 3, 2015 to March 3, 2017.

   
August 2015
08/31/15

The USCIS Service Centers have released their latest processing times reports for the period ending August 31, 2015.

   
08/25/15

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has extended Temporary Protected Status for eligible Haitians for an additional 18 months from January 23, 2016 through July 22, 2017. The 60-day re-registration period runs from August 25, 2015 to October 26, 2015.

   
08/24/15

The Administrative Appeals Office has released its latest processing times report as of August 1, 2015.

   
08/11/15

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is now posting wait times for asylum interviews at various offices throughout the United States.

   
08/10/15 The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for September 2015 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.
   
July 2015
07/27/15

The USCIS Service Centers have released their latest processing times reports for the period ending May 31, 2015.

   
07/17/15 The U.S. Department of State has exhausted all of the Diversity Visa Lottery numbers for Fiscal Year 2015.
   
07/10/15 The Administrative Appeals Office has released its latest processing times report as of July 1, 2015.
   
07/10/15 The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for August 2015 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.
   
June 2015
06/25/15 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") has announced the extension of the initial registration period for the Temporary Protected Status ("TPS") program for Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone from May 20, 2015 to August 18, 2015.
   
06/24/15 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") has announced the designation of Nepal under the Temporary Protected Status ("TPS") program from June 24, 2015 to December 24, 2016. The registration period will run from June 24, 2015 to December 21, 2015.
   
06/15/15

The USCIS Service Centers have released their latest processing times reports for the period ending April 30, 2015.

   
06/10/15 The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for July 2015 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.
   
06/01/15

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has extended Temporary Protected Status ("TPS") for citizens of Somalia and those eligible individuals who last resided there for an additional 18 months, from September 18, 2015 to March 17, 2017. The re-registration period will run from June 1, 2015 to July 31, 2015.

   
May 2015
05/12/15

The USCIS Service Centers have released their latest processing times reports for the period ending March 31, 2015.

   
05/12/15 The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for June 2015 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.
   
05/05/15 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced various relief measures for Nepali citizens due to the recent earthquake in Nepal.
   
April 2015
04/30/15 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has published its approval rates for I-601 and I-601A waivers for fiscal years 2010 to 2015.
   
04/28/15

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will be offering immigration assistance to citizens of Yemen based on the unstable security situation in the country.

   
04/13/15 The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for May 2015 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.
   
04/13/15

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") has announced that it has completed the visa lottery for H-1B numbers for Fiscal Year 2016 and will be returning any unselected petitions with their filing fees. USCIS received more than 233,000 visa petitions towards the 65,000 general category cap and 20,000 advanced degree exemption cap.

   
04/13/15

The USCIS Service Centers have released their latest processing times reports for the period ending February 28, 2015.

   
04/13/15

The Administrative Appeals Office has released its latest processing times report as of April 1, 2015.

   
04/08/15

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that it has reached the Fiscal Year 2016 H-1B cap for both the general category and Master's degree exemption categories, and will be conducting a visa lottery over the next few days.

   
March 2015
03/19/15

The USCIS Service Centers have released their latest processing times reports on March 6, 2015 for the period ending January 31, 2015.

   
03/11/15 The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for April 2015 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.
   
03/09/15

The Administrative Appeals Office has released its latest processing times report as of March 1, 2015.

   
February 2015
02/19/15

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has released its latest statistics on Performance Data for various application types for Fiscal Year 2015.

   
02/17/15

The Boston Globe reports that a federal judge in South Texas granted a preliminary injunction temporarily blocking President Barack Obama’s Executive Action on immigration. The American Immigration Lawyers Association has issued a Press Release predicting that the Judge's order will be overturned, and that applicants for expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ("DACA") should continue putting together their applications for relief until the hold is lifted.

   
02/11/15

The USCIS Service Centers have released their latest processing times reports for the period ending December 31, 2014.

   
02/09/15 The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for March 2015 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.
   
02/09/15 The U.S. Department of State and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services have announced an In-Country Refugee/Parole Processing for Minors in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala (Central American Minors – CAM).
   
02/05/15 The Asylum Office has published its statistics on the Asylum Office Workload for October through December 2014.
   
January 2015
01/30/15 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin accepting requests for expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ("DACA") on February 18, 2015. Deferred Action for parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents ("DAPA") is expected to go into effect in May 2015.
   
01/20/15

Attorneys Cayer and Dyson were recent speakers at the Boston Bar Association's panel, "'Is There a Memo on That?' Immigration Law Research Tips for Newer Practitioners."

   
01/20/15

The USCIS Service Centers have released their latest processing times reports for the period ending November 30, 2014.

   
01/12/15 The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for February 2015 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.
   
01/07/15 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") has announced the extension of El Salvador under the Temporary Protected Status ("TPS") program from March 10, 2015 to September 9, 2016. The reregistration period will run from January 7, 2015 to March 9, 2015.
   
01/05/15 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") has announced the redesignation of Syria under the Temporary Protected Status ("TPS") program from April 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016. The reregistration period will run from January 5, 2015 to March 6, 2015. USCIS will also accept new applications for those who did not previously register from January 5, 2015 to July 6, 2015.
   
01/01/15 Happy New Year from Cayer Dyson Law, P.C.!
 
 
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