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USCIS Posts New Form I-485, Supplement J, to Website

USCIS posted a notice that the Office of Management and Budget has approved Form I-485, Supplement J, Confirmation of Bona Fide Job Offer or Request for Job Portability Under INA Section 204(j). The supplement is now posted to the USCIS website. On November 18, 2016, DHS published a final rule intended to improve several aspects of certain employment-based visa programs, and effective today, the regulations will require the use of the new supplement in certain circumstances.

USCIS Issues Final Rule on Start-Up Entrepreneurs

USCIS issued a final rule which adds new regulatory provisions guiding the use of parole on a case-by-case basis for entrepreneurs of start-up entities who can demonstrate that they would provide a significant public benefit to the United States. The rule is effective July 17, 2017. USCIS noted that DHS estimates that 2,940 entrepreneurs will be eligible under this rule annually.

Trump Issues Executive Order Freezing Most Federal Hiring

President Trump signed three presidential directives today, one of which places a hiring freeze on non-military federal workers. At this time, it is unclear how the announced hiring freeze will affect the hiring of immigration judges. Trump did not take any action today regarding NAFTA or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program

Court Reverses Finding That Petitioner’s Asylum Application Was Frivolous

The Seventh Circuit concluded that substantial evidence did not support a finding that the petitioner deliberately fabricated material elements of his asylum application, because the IJ “seemed to base his frivolousness finding on a lack of credible evidence rather than any evidence that [the petitioner] had made deliberate falsehoods.”

Trump Signs Executive Actions on the Environment

President Donald Trump signed a total of five orders today pertaining to environmental issues. The orders addressed advancing the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines, as well as actions to expedite environmental reviews for high priority projects.

Trump Expected to Issue Executive Order on Visa Screening/Issuance and Refugee Resettlement Tomorrow

President Trump is expected to sign an Executive Order, Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals, that would suspend the issuance of visas and other immigration benefits to nationals of “countries of particular concern,” stop refugee admissions for 120 days, add requirements for screenings and procedures for all immigration benefits, halt Syrian refugee processing indefinitely, and suspend the visa interview waiver program, among other things.

Trump Signs Two Executive Actions on Immigration

Today, President Trump issued the first in a series of Executive Orders on border security and immigration enforcement. Among other items, the President announced that he would order DHS to construct a southern border wall, increase the size of the enforcement agencies, and require that states and localities engage in immigration enforcement to supplement federal efforts.

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