New Temporary Protected Status Designation for Yemen Nationals

On September 3, 2015, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced his decision to designate Yemen for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months due to the ongoing armed conflict within the country. Yemen is experiencing widespread conflict and a…

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DOS Predicts that All Visa Numbers For Every Immigrant Visa Category May Be Exhausted by September 30

Immediately following publication of each month’s Visa Bulletin, the American Immigration Lawyers Association will “check-in” with Charles (“Charlie”) Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State, to obtain his analysis of current trends and future projections…

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US Citizenship Awareness Drive: USCIS Announces Free Citizenship Preparation Tools

From the USCIS WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released a series of promotional materials today as part of the Citizenship Public Education and Awareness Initiative. This media campaign builds on a similar effort from 2011 and is being launched under…

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DOS Alert: Technological System Issues with Overseas Passport and Visa Systems

Department of State (DOS) confirms that embassies and consulates are back online and the bulk of the visa backlog has been cleared. DOS is still experiencing problems with some online immigrant visa application forms and hope to have a fix in…

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New Report: Over 25% of New Businesses Started by Immigrants

According to  a new report from the American Immigration Council, immigrant Entrepreneurs start over 25% of new businesses: a new report shows that immigrants continue to be almost twice as likely as the native-born to become entrepreneurs. Immigrant entrepreneurs also launched…

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DOS Alert: Technological System Issues Cause Visa Delays

Since early June, the Department of State (DOS) has been currently experiencing technical problems with its overseas passport and visa systems, regarding background checks. The issue is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category.  However, the problem…

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Visa Bulletin for July 2015 and Predictions of Visa Availability for the Rest of 2015

The Visa Bulletin for July 2015 is  now available. The Visa Bulletin is a monthly publication by the Bureau of Consular Affairs, that is a part of the Department of State (DOS). This bulletin provides valuable information on the immigrant visa…

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Announcing the winners of the 2015 Immigrant Journey Awards!

Cowles and Thompson’s Immigrant Journey Awards diversity program recognizes and honors outstanding North Texas immigrant leaders in business, profession, community, and advocacy.This year’s winners were announced on June 12, 2015 at Prestonwood Country Club. Congratulations to the 2015 honorees!  Immigrant…

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Temporary Protected Status Extended for Somalia

From the USCIS: WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Somalia (and eligible individuals without nationality who last habitually resided in Somalia) for an additional 18 months, effective Sept. 18, 2015,…

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Divided Fifth Circuit Denies Emergency Stay as Underlying Case on Immigration Action Proceeds

From the American Immigration Council: Washington D.C. – In a disappointing decision, a divided panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday denied the federal government’s request for an emergency stay of a preliminary injunction that has temporarily stopped President Obama’s deferred…

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