Legal Articles, Visa

DOS Updates Website to Increase Understanding of Family-Based Immigrant Visa Processing

On February 7, 2020, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) updated its website to provide information on its implementation of a fully digitized visa application process for family-based immigrant visa cases.

Guidance for Residents of Illinois on New Public Charge Rule

On February 24, 2020, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin implementing its new public charge rule nationwide, except in Illinois.

Justice Gorsuch Weighs In Against Universal Injunctions in Public Charge Case

On January 27, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States stayed a universal injunction entered by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) against the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) new public charge rule.

Supreme Court Stays Universal Injunction Against Public Charge Rule

On January 27, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States stayed a universal injunction against the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) public charge rule that had been entered by the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York.

January 2020 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) published its monthly immigrant visa bulletin for January 2020 on December 9, 2019.

EOIR Opens Houston - S. Gessner Road Immigration Court

The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced that it will open a third immigration court in Houston, Texas, on January 6, 2019. The new immigration court will be the Houston – S. Gessner Road Immigration Court.

EOIR Opens Los Angeles - Van Nuys Blvd. Immigration Court

The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) opened a new immigration court in Los Angeles on December 9, 2019. The new Los Angeles — Van Nuys Blvd. Immigration Court will cover Kern, San Luis Obsipo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties.

EOIR Swears in 28 New Immigration Judges on Oct. 20, 2019

On December 20, 2019, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) invested 28 new immigration judges in a ceremony presided over by Acting Chief Immigration Judge Christopher A. Santoro. The 28 new immigration judges were selected by Attorney General William P. Barr.

Leadership Changes at DHS

On November 13, 2019, the U.S. Senate confirmed Chad Wolf as the new Under Secretary of Homeland Security Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans by a vote of 54-41. He also assumed the role of Acting Secretary of Homeland Security and appointed Ken Cuccinelli to the second position in the Department.

Supreme Court DACA Oral Argument Recap

On November 12, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California, Docket No. 18-587. The case involves the validity of the DHS's decision to end the DACA program.

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