July 29

USCIS Announces Final Rule to Expand Provisional Waiver Eligibility

USCIS announced the publication of a final rule that expands eligibility for provisional unlawful presence waivers to all individuals who are statutorily eligible for the unlawful presence waiver and who can establish extreme hardship to a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR) spouse or parent. The rule takes effect on August 29, 2016, on which date USCIS will post an updated version of Form I-601A. In a press statement welcoming the rule’s publication, AILA President William Stock noted that “AILA will continue to work with our 14,000 members and with USCIS to ensure that the program lives up to its intended spirit: to promote family unity and lessen the hardships associated with lengthy and unnecessary separation of American families.”

 

July 18

Fusion: Here’s What Would Happen to Entrepreneurship in America Without Immigrants

Your AILA8 for July 18, 2016

Fusion reports that a new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research found that, as of 2008, immigrants accounted for more than one in four entrepreneurs in the United States, and about the same percentage of all employees in new firms. The share of new firms with at least one immigrant entrepreneur was even higher, at 37%. In addition, about one in three firms has at least one immigrant in its “founder team,” and the share of immigrants among all employees in those firms has been rising. Read this story and more in AILA’s daily immigration news clips.