USCIS recently announced DHS Secretary Napolitano’s decision to extend the current Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation of Haiti for a 60-day re-registration period. Individuals who have not continuously resided in the U.S. since January 12, 2011 will not be eligible.
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The First Circuit affirmed the agency’s denial of asylum withholding of removal, and CAT relief. The Court determined that substantial evidence supported the agency’s determination that the harassment and threats the petitioner suffered in Ukraine due to her Pentecostal faith did not rise to the level of persecution and did not establish a nexus to government acts or omissions. To read more, click here.
USCIS has updated the count of H-2B visa petitions for the 2nd half of FY 2012 and the 1st half of FY 2013. As of August 24, 2012, USCIS has approved filings on behalf of approximately 27,867 H2B beneficiaries for the 2nd half of FY 2012 and 1,894 H2B beneficiaries for the 1st half of FY 2013. Currently, the H-2B cap set by Congress is 66,000 per fiscal year, with 33,000 to be allocated for employment beginning in the 1st half of the fiscal year (October 1 – March 31) and 33,000 to be allocated for employment beginning in the 2nd half of the fiscal year (April 1 – September 30).
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Immigration activists say parents of young American citizens or youths who have temporary permits should be exempt from deportation whereas opponents suggest that the laws should be enforced regardless of the effects on the family. To read more, click here.