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Immigration News Briefs: FAQs

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July 2017
Immigration News Briefs: FAQs

• What’s the latest on DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents)?
On June 15, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would rescind the November 20, 2014 memorandum that created the program known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). Mr. Obama’s DAPA could have shielded as many as five million people from deportation and provided work permits to them as well. However, that program was never implemented because a Texas court blocked it at the request of a coalition of 26 state attorneys general. The Supreme Court deadlocked, 4-4, on a challenge to that ruling, but the decision by the Trump administration officially ends the litigation. President Trump had made a campaign pledge to eliminate DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), Mr. Obama’s program intended to protect those 800,000 Dreamers from deportation and to provide them work permits so they can find legal employment and enroll in school and colleges. The recent memorandum on DAPA does not affect DACA. There is no word yet if this will change.

• A follow-up question from our last article about F1 change of status petitions: I know that the law changed in April regarding filing a “bridge petition” if I changed status from B2 to F1. However, I had filed my case before then. Does this still apply to me?
It was unclear how USCIS would apply this retroactively, but now we have been learning that USCIS will be issuing requests for evidence (RFE) for cases filed before the change occurred. Such applicants must file a bridge petition and submit the receipt notice from the bridge petition in response to the RFE.

• I am an applicant for a green card and have filed for my work permit renewal, but since they are taking so long these days, my current work permit is expiring. Can I continue working while it is pending?
Since January 17, 2017, USCIS has made some welcome changes to the way it treats employment authorization document (EAD) renewals. The new rule provides for an automatic authorization to work based on a timely-filed and pending EAD renewal application in the same EAD eligibility category. This authorization period is up to 180 days past the underlying EAD expiration date and for as long as the renewal EAD application is pending and not denied.

APPLICATION FINAL ACTION DATES FOR July  2017

 

FAMILY

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

22Dec10

22Dec10

2A

08Sep15

08Sep15

2B

01Nov10

01Nov10

3rd

08Jul05

08Jul05

4th

22Sep03

08May04

 

 

EMPLOYMENT

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

01Jan12

Current

2nd

22Jul08

Current

3rd

15Feb06

08Jun17

Other

15Feb06

08Jun17

4th

Current

Current

5th

Current

Current1B

 


DATES FOR FILING VISA APPLICATIONS - July 2017

 

FAMILY

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

22Jul11

22Jul11

2A

08Apr16

08Apr16

2B

01Sep11

01Sep11

3rd

01Dec05

01Dec05

4th

22Jun04

15Nov04

 

 

EMPLOYMENT

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

Current

Current

2nd

01Feb09

Current

3rd

01Oct06

Current

Other

01Oct06

Current

4th

Current

Current

5th

Current

Current1B


https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/law-and-policy/bulletin/2017/visa-bulletin-for-july-2017.html

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