The United States District Court for the District of Columbia has vacated the 17-month STEM OPT extension regulations. The Court stayed its order until February 12, 2016, concluding “that immediate vacatur of the 2008 Rule would be seriously disruptive.
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The US Department of State has issued the priority dates to be used by itself and USCIS for immigrant visas during the month of September.
In the family based categories, the F1 category for Mexico did not move. All other categories advanced.
The US Embassy in Havana, Cuba is now open. It is located Calzada between L and M Streets, Vedado, Havana. Its hours are Monday thru Thursday from 8am to 4:30pm and Fridays from 8am to 3:30pm. As with all other consular posts, it is closed on both US holidays and the holidays of the host country, Cuba.
USCIS has announced that it has resumed accept Premium Processing applications for H-1B extensions.
USCIS has announced TPS for Nepal.
The registration period for TPS began today, June 24th and will end on December 21st.
To be eligible for TPS, applicants must have been continuously in the US since at least June 24th.
The Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit voted two to one to allow Judge Hanen injunction to stand in the lawsuit that is challenging President Obama’s expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and his new Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA).
Republicans in both houses of Congress have filed an amicus brief with the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit strongly opposing DACA. Among those filing the brief are Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, both of whom are running for President. It is therefore almost certain that, if elected, they will do away with DACA.
Those signing the brief are:
USCIS has announced that it received nearly 233,000 H-1B petitions during the April 1 - April 7, 2015 filing period. There are only 85,000 visas available (65,000 general cap, plus 20,000 US advance degree cap), meaning that less than half of the received applications will be processed.
USCIS has announced that the H-1B caps have been reached. It will now enter all the applications received through close of business Friday, April 7, 2015, into their system so that they can then run the lottery to select those applications that will be processed.
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.
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 on the merits, but could derail Obama’s actions.