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DACA is almost certainly over

Los Angeles immigration attorneys provide information to clientsPresident Obama’s DACA has, in all likelihood, come to an end. We do not know what the new President will do with those immigrants who have a DACA grant that expires after the end of President Obama’s Presidency.

What we know, is that the new President will end the processing of new DACA applications, and the renewal of DACA applications.

New Provisional Waiver Regulations

Los Angeles immigration attorneys provide information to clientsUSCIS will be publishing has published new regulations for the Provisional Waivers tomorrow. Provisional Waivers waive the three and ten year bars for individuals who have been in the US out of status for at least 180 days or one year.

Prior to these new regulations, Provisional Waivers were only available to the “immediate relative” visa categories. The new regulations allow all the other categories, including the visa lottery winners, to apply.

USCIS Completes H-1B Lotteries

Los Angeles immigration attorneys provide information to clientsOn Tuesday, April 12th, USCIS announced that it had completed the H-1B lotteries. It further stated that it will begin premium processing of those applications that made it through the lotteries and that requested premium processing no later than May 16th.

USCIS did not announce how many H-1B applications it actually received.

H-1B Caps Reached

Los Angeles immigration attorneys provide information to clientsUSCIS has announced that both the US advanced degree H-1B cap and the regular H-1B cap have been reached.

USCIS will now finalize the intake of all the petitions received through close of business April 7th, and will then select the applications it will process through a random selection process.

USCIS May or May Not Honor the Early File Dates In the Visa Bulletin

Los Angeles immigration attorneys provide information to clientsUSCIS has announced that it may or may not honor the early file dates in the Visa Bulletin.

USCIS states that “beginning with the November 2015 Department of State Visa Bulletin, if USCIS determines that there are more immigrant visas available for a fiscal year than there are known applicants for such visas, we will state on www.uscis.gov/visabulletininfo that applicants may use the Dates for Filing Visa Applications chart. Unless otherwise stated on our website, the Application Final Action Date chart will be used to determine when individuals may file their adjustment of status applications.”

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