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2016 News
 
October 2016
10/26/16 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced the extension and redesignation of Nepal for the Temporary Protected Status ("TPS") program through June 24, 2018. The re-registration period runs from October 26, 2016 to December 27, 2016. Employment authorization documents are auto-extended through June 24, 2018.
   
10/24/16 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced a fee increase that will go into effect as of December 23, 2016.
   
10/18/16 Attorney Stephanie Dyson has been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer for 2016 in immigration law as published in Boston Magazine.
   
10/14/16 The Administrative Appeals Office has released its latest processing time reports for the period ending October 1, 2016.
   
10/12/16 The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for November 2016 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.
   
September 2016
09/28/16 President Obama has announced an extension of Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for certain Liberian nationals through March 31, 2018. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") will automatically extend employment authorization documents ("EADs") for certain Liberian nationals. Current DED-based EADs that have an expiration date of September 30, 2016 will now be valid through March 31, 2017. The six-month automatic extension of existing EADs will allow eligible Liberian nationals to continue working while they file their applications for new EADs.
   
09/27/16 The Administrative Appeals Office has released its latest processing time reports for the period ending September 1, 2016.
   
09/16/16 The U.S. Department of State has published information on the upcoming 2018 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. Applicants must apply electronically between October 4, 2016 and November 7, 2016.
   
09/15/16 The USCIS Service Centers have released their latest processing times reports for the period ending July 31, 2016.
   
09/09/16 The U.S. Citizensihp and Immigration Services has updated its Affirmative Asylum Scheduling Bulletin to reflect current processing times.
   
09/09/16 The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for October 2016 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.
   
August 2016
08/11/16 The USCIS Service Centers have released their latest processing times reports for the period ending June 30, 2016.
   
08/09/16 The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for September 2016 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.
   
08/02/16 The Administrative Appeals Office has released its latest processing times report as of August 1, 2016.
   
08/01/16 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced the extension and redesignation of Syria for the Temporary Protected Status ("TPS") program from October 1, 2016 to March 31, 2018.
   
July 2016
07/29/16 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced the expansion of the I-601A provisional waiver procedure to all those who are statutorily eligible for the waiver of unlawful presence. The expanded waiver will be available as of August 29, 2016.
   
07/14/16 The USCIS Service Centers have released their latest processing times reports for the period ending May 31, 2016 and the Administrative Appeals Office has released its latest processing times report as of July 1, 2016.
   
07/13/16 The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for August 2016 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.
   
07/08/16 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced the extension of the designation of El Salvador for the Temporary Protected Status ("TPS") program. The re-registration program runs from July 8 - September 6, 2016.
   
June 2016
06/17/16 The Administrative Appeals Office has released its latest processing time reports for the period ending June 1, 2016.
   
06/14/16 The USCIS Service Centers have released their latest processing times reports for the period ending April 30, 2016.
   
06/09/16 The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for July 2016 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.
   
May 2016
05/16/16 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has extended the designation of Nicaragua and Honduras for Temporary Protected Status ("TPS") for an additional six months, from July 6, 2016 through January 5, 2018. The re-registration period runs from May 16, 2016 through July 15, 2016.
   
05/12/16 The USCIS Service Centers have released their latest processing times reports for the period ending March 31, 2016.
   
05/10/16 The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for June 2016 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.
   
April 2016
04/14/16 The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for May 2016 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.
   
04/12/16 The USCIS Service Centers have released their latest processing times reports for the period ending February 29, 2016..
   
04/07/16 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that it has reached the H-1B cap for Fiscal Year 2017.
   
March 2016
03/22/16 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has extended the designation of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone for Temporary Protected Status ("TPS") for an additional six months, from May 22, 2016 through November 21, 2016. The re-registration period runs from March 22, 2016 through May 23, 2016.
   
03/16/16 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin accepting H-1B petitions for the upcoming fiscal year beginning April 1, 2016.
   
03/14/16 The USCIS Service Centers have released their latest processing times reports for the period ending January 31, 2016.
   
03/10/16 The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for April 2016 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.
 
February 2016
02/11/16 The USCIS Service Centers have released their latest processing times reports for the period ending December 31, 2015.
   
02/08/16 The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for March 2016 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.
 
January 2016
01/25/16

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced the redesignation and extension of Temporary Protected Status for South Sudan from May 3, 2016 to November 2, 2017. The registration period runs from January 25, 2016 to March 25, 2016.

   
01/12/16

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

   
01/08/16 The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for February 2016 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.
 
01/01/16 Immigration Judge Leonard Shapiro has retired from the Boston Immigration Court after many years on the bench. He will be sorely missed! Thank you Judge Shapiro for being such a wonderful Judge!
 
01/01/16 Happy New Year from Cayer Dyson Law, P.C.!
 
 
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