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In June, the State Department announced they would update its procedures to allow applicants to self-select their sex marker for passports and medical certification is no longer required if it doesn't match the sex listed on other official identity documents.



State spokesperson, Ned Price, stated "…the Department is moving towards adding an X gender marker for non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming persons applying for a U.S. passport or CRBA. I want to reiterate, on the occasion of this passport issuance, the Department of State's commitment to promoting the freedom, dignity, and equality of all people -- including LGBTQI+ persons."



After the Department finishes updating th...

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According to The National Foundation for American Policy, the denial rates for new H-1B petitions for the first two quarters of 2021 is 7.1% whereas the first two quarters of 2020 was 28.6%. This is a total of 21.5% increase in acceptance rates. However, this does not mean getting visa approval is any easier because USCIS approval trends are far more strict than they have ever been in the past.


The reason for this development is likely due to the change in the lottery process. Many H-1B applicants have gotten better at compiling petitions that counters common issues that can arise during the adjudication process. H-1B beneficiaries whose job requirements does not always require a U.S. bache...

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Falsely and willfully claiming to be a U.S. citizen is a serious felony and may result in permanent and serious immigration consequences in addition to imprisonment and fines. Violators are subject to be placed in removal proceedings to be deported or be allowed to withdraw their application for admission under certain circumstances.



Inadmissibility due to fraud or misrepresentation can be triggered by knowingly making a false claim to U.S. citizenship for any purpose or benefit under the INA, federal law, or state law. It is not necessary to establish a connection between the applicant and civil penalty or criminal conviction when determining whether the applicant is inadmissible.


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On July 21, 2021, the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, held that an aggrieved employee whose individual claim was time-barred had standing to pursue a representative claim under the Private Attorney General Act of 2004 (PAGA) on behalf of other allegedly aggrieved employees regardless of whether the employee was personally aggrieved (Johnson v. Maxim Healthcare Services, Inc.). The high court ruled that an aggrieved employee who settled his individual claims nonetheless had standing to maintain a representative PAGA action. This ruling was based on its interpretation of the California Supreme Court’s 2020 ruling in Kim v. Reins.


By expanding the scope of employees ...

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In response to the coronavirus pandemic, USCIS is extending the flexibilities it announced on March 30, 2020, to assist applicants, petitioners and requestors who are responding to certain:


-Requests for Evidence;


-Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14);


-Notices of Intent to Deny;


-Notices of Intent to Revoke;


-Notices of Intent to Rescind;


-Notices of Intent to Terminate regional centers; and


-Motions to Reopen an N-400 Pursuant to 8 CFR 335.5, Receipt of Derogatory Information After Grant.



This flexibility applies if the issuance date listed on the request, notice or decision is between March 1, 2020, and Jan. 15, 2022, inclusive.


Moreover, USCIS will consider a Form I-290B: Notice of Appeal or...

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Amazon workers pack orders at an Amazon fulfillment center on Jan. 20, 2015, in Tracy, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

On Wednesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a new law where California became the first state to bar mega-retailers from firing warehouse workers for missing quotas that interfere with bathroom and rest breaks.


The measure bars online retail giants like Amazon, from disciplining workers for following health and safety laws and allows employees to sue to suspend unsafe quotas or reverse retaliation. This is applicable to all distribution centers.


"We cannot allow corporations to put profit over people," Newson said in a news release.


Large warehouse employers have 30 days to disclose quotas to employees. Employees who think their quotas lead to unsafe behavior can ask for 90 days' worth of documentat...

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Effective Oct. 1, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that applicants subject to the immigration medical examination must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before the civil surgeon can complete an immigration medical examination and sign Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record.


USCIS is updating their policy guidance in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Aug. 17, 2021 update to the Technical Instructions for Civil Surgeons. The update requires applicants subject to the immigration medical examination to complete the COVID-19 vaccine series (one or two doses, depending on the vaccine) and provide proo...

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Starting September 4, 2021, USCIS is extending the time that receipt notices can be used to show evidence of status from 18 months to 24 months for petitioners who properly file Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, or Form I-829, Petition by Investor to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status. USCIS is making the change from 18 to 24 months to accommodate current processing times for Form I-751 and Form I-829, which have increased over the past year.


Conditional permanent residents who properly file Form I-751 or Form I-829 will receive a receipt notice that can be presented with their Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card), as evidence of c...

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On August 24, 2021, the Supreme Court refused to block a court ruling ordering the Biden administration to reinstate a Trump-era policy that forces people to wait in Mexico while seeking asylum in the U.S.


The high court's order, issued on Tuesday evening over the dissent of the court’s three Democratic appointees, rejected the Justice Department’s request for a stay that would have allowed the controversial policy to remain on ice while litigation over President Joe Biden’s effort to rescind it continues.


The court offered little explanation for its action, although it cited its opinion from last year rejecting the Trump administration's effort to end another immigration pro...

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Beginning on August 12, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is temporarily extending the validity period for Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, from two years to now four years due to COVID-19-related delays in processing.


USCIS may consider a completed Form I-693 as valid if:


- The civil surgeon’s signature is dated no more than 60 days before the applicant filed Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status;


- No more than four years have passed since the date of the civil surgeon’s signature; and


- A decision on the applicant’s Form I-485 is issued on or before Sept. 30, 2021.


USCIS is making this temporary...

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