There are reports throughout the US that at least some ICE officers have stopped honoring the Prosecutorial Discretion Memos and are in fact arresting people who could be eligible for the expanded DACA and for PAPA, the two programs that were placed on hold by Judge&
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USCIS will begin accepting application for EADs for some H-4s beginning on May 26th.
The H-4s that will be eligible for EADs are spouses of H-1Bs who either qualify for an extension beyond the six-year maximum because they have a labor certification or I-140 that has been pending for one year or more, or who have an approved I-140.
Judge Andrew S. Hanen, of the Southern District of Texas, has issued a preliminary injunction barring the Department of Homeland Security from proceeding with the Deferred Action provisions of President Obama’s November 20, 2014 announcement. This includes the expansion of the 2012 Deferred Action and the Deferred Action for parents of US citizens.
The US Department of State has issued the priority dates to be used by itself and USCIS for immigrant visas during the month of March.
In the family based categories, all categories advanced.
USCIS has announced that it will begin accepting application for Deferred Action (DACA) for those individuals who entered the US under the age of 16 and have continuously been in the US since before January 1, 2010.
It will begin doing so on February 18th. Federal District Court Judge Andrew S. Hanen issued a preliminary injunction on February 16th preventing the government from starting the expanded DACA as planned.
Republicans sue President Obama to try to stop the Deferred Action plans Obama announced on November 20, 2014.
The Republican lawsuits, including one filed by Sheriff Arpaio, have a very low probability of success.
President Obama announces Deferred Action for a number of immigrants. The requirements for this temporary program are:
Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security, has announced the designation of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone to Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months.
This designation allows citizens of those countries who are currently in the US to apply for TPS and work authorization even if they are out of status.
The US Patent and Trademark Offices (PTO) records highlight why it is imperative that Congress increase the number of visas, both H-1B and immigrant visas. The PTO’s patent statistics show that 51% of the patents awarded in 2013 were to foreign individuals, and that is a one percentage decrease from 2012.