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What’s New in Immigration News?

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National Visa Center Blunders

On July 30th the National Visa Center sent out a notification confirming reports that applicants had been receiving letters or emails from the NVC on July 29, 2015. These letters and/or emails stated that applications would be terminated or that their applications were in the process of being terminated under INA 203(g) for failure to contact the NVC within a year of receiving a notification of the availability of a visa, even if the individual or their legal representative had been in contact with the NVC during the one-year period.

The NVC is taking action to resolve these issued and will send all affected applications a follow up email confirming that their applications are still in process.

Upcoming Congressional Topics on Immigration

On August 4, 2015 the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs will be discussing challenges facing the federal prison system

On August 6, 2015 the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary will hold an Executive Business meeting on the Stop Sanctuary Cities Act and Transnational Drug Trafficking

DOL Power Outage

The Department of Labor Website will be experiencing a power outage from Friday 7/31/15 to Sunday 8/2/15 with service returning on 8/2/15.

Amendments to Freedom of Information Act regulations

DHS announced new proposals which seek to amend FOIA regulations designed to update and streamline procedures already in place. Changes made by the OPEN Government Act of 2007 are expected to be incorporated. To read more about these amendments click here.

The current CBP Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) processing time is ten months.

DHS Establishes ICE Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers and Invites the Public to Nominate Candidates

The DHS announced that US Immigration and Customs Enforcement has established an Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers (ACFRC). If you are interested in nominating individuals for one, two, and three year appointments. For more information please click here.

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