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May 2018

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Updates on Existing Immigration Law & Policy Challenged by the Trump Administration:

I.    Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses (H-4 Rule)
  • DHS has indicated that in July 2018 they would provide through a 60-day notice and comment period, details concerning the cancellation of the H4 EAD regulation. In addition, there would be a 30-day period to reconcile those comments. After reconciliation they would publish a final rule with an effective date in the federal register.
  • At this time, the H4 EAD regulation remains in effect and MVP Law Group, P.A. has been successful in securing initial grants and renewal applications for H4 EAD recipients.
  • Qualified Applicants are encouraged to apply and/or renew their EAD, if they are eligible.
II.    TPS and Adjustment of States - Class Action
  • A class action lawsuit against officials at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been filed in a federal district court in New York, challenging the government's unlawful practice of depriving certain Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders with close family relationships or employment in the United States from becoming lawful permanent residents. In particular, USCIS has a practice of denying the adjustment applications of TPS holders who, in accord with the Immigration and Nationality Act, have been "inspected and admitted" for purposes of adjustment of status because, prior to their receipt of TPS, they entered the United States without inspection (EWI).
  • Currently, USCIS applies its unlawful policy to TPS holders living everywhere in the country except for within the jurisdictions of the U.S. Courts of Appeals which have ruled on the issue, the Sixth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits. Thus, the proposed class would include individuals living within the jurisdictions of the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, Eighth, and Tenth Circuits.
What's been happening in Immigration: 

May 11, 2018
- USCIS and the Justice Department Formalize Partnership to Protect U.S. Workers from Discrimination and Combat Fraud

May 11, 2018 - USCIS announced a change in policy on Accrued Unlawful Presence by Nonimmigrant Students and Exchange Visitors, effective August 9, 2018

May 15, 2018 - USCIS announced that data entry for all H1B CAP Subject Petitions under FY2019 had been completed
May 17, 2018 - Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a decision in Matter of Castro-Tum , removing the authority/power of Immigration Judges to 'administratively close' deportation cases in the interest of fairness.  
May 18, 2018 - USCIS reminded F-1 Students on OPT that transferring to another school or beginning study at another educational level automatically terminates their OPT/EAD
May 22, 2018 - USCIS announced the re-registration period for TPS Beneficiaries of Nepal, beneficiaries must re-register between 05/22/2018 and 07/23/2018
May 25, 2018 - DHS proposed a rule to end the International Entrepreneur Rule
May 25, 2018 - DHS announced that an additional 15,000 H2B temporary nonagricultural visas will be available for FY2018
May 30, 2018 - USCIS announced the launch of their FOIA FIRST system that will allow users to submit, manage and receive FIOA requests entirely online
As the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to attack the Immigrant population, local nonprofits could use your support. If you are interested in helping either by volunteering your time or making a monetary contribution, on a nationwide level or locally, please reach out to the following organizations:

In other immigration news, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) Visa Bulletin for June 2018 is now available. The cutoff date movement is consistent with earlier predictions. The cutoff date for the EB2 category for India moved from 12/22/08 to 12/26/08 and EB3 remained at 5/1/08. The cutoff date for the EB2 category for Chinese Nationals remained at 9/1/14 and the cutoff date for the EB3 category for Chinese Nationals remained at 6/1/15.

We hope you continue to read our newsletter as well as our blog in order to stay in touch and obtain important information concerning changes to the regulatory environment and new trends in the adjudication of petitions.

Kellie N. Lego, Esq.
MVP Law Group, P.A.
In This Issue
USCIS and the Legacy of Ellis Island - Video Documentary!



USCIS has released a new YouTube video documentary entitled, "USCIS and the Legacy of Ellis Island". This documentary describes the operational history of USCIS at Ellis Island and is told from their employees' point of view!


Ellis Island operated as the nations' busiest Immigration inspection station from 1892 until 1954. They processed over 12 million immigrants in its 62 years of operation.

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USCIS to Recall Incorrectly Green Cards

On Monday, May 14, 2018, USCIS begin a recall of more than 8,500 Green Cards, officially known as Permanent Resident Cards due to a production error. The cards were printed with an incorrect "Resident Since" date. The cards in question were mailed out between February 2018 and April 2018.


USCIS has started sending out notices to affected clients, along with a pre-paid return envelope. USCIS would like them to return their incorrect Green Card in the pre-paid envelope within 20 days. For more information on this subject, please review the USCIS News Alert,"USCIS to Recall Incorrectly Dated Green Cards".

About Our Law Firm 

MVP Law Group, P.A.
offers Business Immigration Services to Employers and Individuals World Wide. We deal primarily with Business Immigration by assisting clients in obtaining Temporary Work Visas; Preparing and Filing Employment Based and Family Based Immigrant Petitions; Aiding Lawful Permanent Residents in Attaining Naturalization; and ensuring compliance with Immigration laws by conducting internal audits for businesses in all industries.


U.S. Immigration Law is federal in nature (i.e., No State or provincial law is involved), therefore, our firm is able to provide U.S. Immigration Law Services to clients ANYWHERE in the United States and around the World.


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The Department of State has released its latest Visa Bulletin.

The monthly Visa Bulletin has changed. The bulletin now summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during the reported month for: "Application Final Action Dates" (consistent with prior Visa Bulletins) and "Dates for Filing Applications," indicating when immigrant visa applicants should be notified to assemble and submit required documentation to the National Visa Center using Consular Processing (outside of the US) or file on their own with USCIS Form I-485 (within the US).
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MVP LAW GROUP - Immigration Q&A Forum

MVP Law Group, P.A. makes available the information and materials in this forum for informational purposes only. The information is general in nature and does not constitute legal advice or any contractual obligations. Further, the use of this site, and the sending or receipt of this information, does not create an attorney-client relationship between us. Therefore, your communication with us through this forum will not be considered as privileged or confidential.

Question #1 - Visa Bulletin 
Where can I find the visa bulletin numbers?

Answer #1 -  On the U.S. Department of State website: Visa Bulletin

Question #2 - Family Based Immigration
an I apply for green cards for my in-laws? I am a US Citizen and we are waiting for my spouse's to get approved?  
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