Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) News

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Update

Per the recent data released by the agency, ICE currently holds the record 55,185 individuals in its custody. Contrary to the popular belief, significant increase in the number of detainees is due, mostly, to prolonged detentions vs. border apprehensions. The average length of stay in detention is currently 46 days. These extended detentions drain ICE’s

Department of Homeland SecurityImmigration Enforcement News

DHS Update

USCIS has published a final rule implementing a number of substantive changes to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.  The new rule, which will become effective on November 21, 2019, is raising the minimum investment amounts for foreign investors seeking Green Cards from $1 million to $1.8 million, revising the standards for certain targeted employment areas

Department of State

DOS Visa Bulletin

The August visa bulletin reflects important movement in several preference classifications. EB-1 Priority Workers for All Chargeability areas, El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras, Mexico, Philippines and Vietnam retrogresses almost two years to July 1, 2016. EB-1 China also retrogresses nearly a year to July 1, 2016, while EB-1 India has no movement and holds at January 1, 2015.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) News

Immigration Enforcement News

With the ongoing debates regarding the border wall construction and mass deportations of illegal aliens, many have forgotten of the infamous ‘silent raids’ which have not slowed down with the current administration in Washington. These raids do not involve immigration agents’ search of company facilities and arrests ‘on the spot.’ Rather, businesses are served Notices

Department of State

DOS Visa Bulletin

The July visa bulletin reflects important movement in several preference classifications. EB-1 Priority Workers for All Chargeability areas, El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras, Mexico, Philippines and Vietnam remains at April 22, 2018. EB-1 China advances 2 weeks to May 8, 2017, while EB-1 India has no progress and holds at January 1, 2015. DOS expects EB-1 India to

Department of Homeland Security

DHS Update

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the launch of a new program called eProcessing as part of USCIS’s effort to transition to a digital business model. eProcessing allows applicants to apply for a benefit, communicate with USCIS, and receive a decision on a case. The new technology connects previously separate technology systems within the

Immigration Enforcement News

Immigration Enforcement News

An investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) has resulted in a federal grand jury indictment charging 96 people for their alleged roles in a large-scale marriage fraud scheme to illegally obtain admission and immigrant status in the U.S. According to the criminal charges, each beneficiary spouse entered into an agreement

Department of Homeland Security

DHS Update

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the launch of a new program called eProcessing as part of USCIS’s effort to transition to a digital business model. eProcessing allows applicants to apply for a benefit, communicate with USCIS, and receive a decision on a case. The new technology connects previously separate technology systems within the

Department of State

DOS Visa Bulletin

The June visa bulletin reflects minimal movement from the prior month in several preference classifications and a significant retrogression for EB-1 India. EB-1 Priority Workers for All Chargeability Areas: El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras, Mexico, Philippines and Vietnam advance 7 weeks to a cut-off date of April 22, 2018. EB-1 China has no movement and remains at February

Immigration Enforcement News

Immigration Enforcement News

The Social Security Administration (SSA) began sending no-match letters to companies who have at least one W-2 employee whose social security number does not match the SSA’s records. Since March 2019, the SSA has issued nearly 600,000 such letters. Receiving a no-match does not necessarily mean that an affected employee is not work authorized; therefore,