July 24

USCIS to Resume H-1B Premium Processing for Certain Cap-Exempt Petitions

Today, USCIS announced that it has resumed premium processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions, including petitions where the petitioner is an institution of higher education, a nonprofit related to or affiliated with an institution of higher education, or a nonprofit research or governmental research organization. Effective immediately, those cap-exempt petitioners who are eligible for premium processing can file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. The Form I-907 can be filed together with an H-1B petition or separately for a pending H-1B petition. USCIS plans to resume premium processing of other H-1B petitions as workloads permit.

July 24

New Yorker: The Mothers Being Deported by Trump

Through the experiences of four mothers who have been targeted for deportation, the New Yorker reports how President Trump’s immigration policies are endangering the safety and well-being of immigrant families across the United States. Featuring four women who have clean criminal records and who are either the primary caretakers of young children or the primary family breadwinners, or both, these heart-wrenching stories offer close-ups of Trump-era immigration enforcement while reflecting changes from the Obama administration’s enforcement priorities.

July 19

DHS and DOL Issue Joint Temporary Rule Increasing the H-2B Cap

DHS and DOL published a temporary rule in the Federal Register, increasing the H-2B cap for the remainder of FY2017 by an additional 15,000 visas, effective from July 19, 2017, through September 30, 2017. USCIS provided additional information regarding who can petition for these additional visas, how to file an H-2B petition under this one-time increase, filing information, and filing deadlines. Employers will be required to complete a Form ETA 9142-B-CAA, certifying that their business is in danger of suffering irreparable harm due to a lack of available temporary nonagricultural workers.

July 19

Washington Post: Supreme Court Allows Trump Travel Ban Enforcement, but Says It Must Allow Broader Exemptions for Relatives

The Washington Post reports that the Supreme Court has temporarily allowed the Trump administration to enforce restrictions on the nation’s refugee program, but it let stand a lower court order from Hawaii on the expanded definition of close family ties, including that grandparents and other relatives who want to travel to the United States must be admitted while the case proceeds on appeal to the Ninth Circuit. The high court is set to hear oral arguments on the travel ban in October after the justices return from their summer recess.

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