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11/23/2015: State Department Issues Worldwide Travel Alert

"The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats. Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da'esh), al-Qa'ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions. These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both official and private interests. This Travel Alert expires on February 24, 2016." - DOS

11/20/2015: Obama plea to Supreme Court: Save my immigration plan

"The Obama administration appealed to the Supreme Court Friday to rescue its plans to shield from deportation millions of immigrants who are in the country illegally.

The appeal, filed exactly a year after Obama announced his executive actions on immigration, injects the Supreme Court into a dispute between 26 mainly Republican-led states and the Democratic administration, amid a presidential race in which immigration has been a flashpoint. So far, the federal courts have sided with the GOP-led states and effectively blocked the plan." - Yahoo News

11/19/2015: More Mexican Immigrants Leaving U.S. Than Entering, Report Finds

"More immigrants from Mexico are leaving the United States than coming into the country, according to a report published Thursday by the Pew Research Center, a finding that indicates the end of the largest wave of immigration from a single country in American history. The shift is the first time since immigration from Mexico began to rise in the 1970s that fewer Mexicans came into America than returned home, the Pew report found. The reversal is primarily the result of a steep drop in Mexicans coming into the country." - NY Times

11/19/2015: House votes to block Syrian refugees despite White House veto threat

Tapping heightened safety concerns after the Paris terror attacks, House Republicans -- joined overwhelmingly by Democrats -- approved legislation Thursday effectively halting the resettlement of refugees from Syria and Iraq to the U.S. The House bill would require the leaders of the nation's security apparatus -- the heads of the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI and the Director of National Intelligence -- to certify that refugees who are admitted pose no security threat. - L.A. Times

11/16/2015: Syrian refugee policy takes focus in US 2016 politics

The bloody attacks in Paris are putting the Syrian refugee crisis at the center of U.S. politics as migrants from that war-torn country surge toward the West and security concerns rise.

"It's not that we don't want to, it's that we can't," Rubio said Sunday on ABC's "This Week." ''Because there's no way to background check someone that's coming from Syria. Who do you call and do a background check on them?" - Boston Herald

11/16/2015: Governors rush to slam door on Syrian refugees

Governors across the country are scrambling to close off their states to resettled Syrian refugees in the wake of the deadly terror attacks in Paris that are linked to Islamic State extremists. The list of states climbed quickly to 13 by midday Monday, even as President Obama said that the U.S. would continue to accept refugees and denounced efforts to those fleeing violence from coming to the United States as "shameful." - Washington Post

11/10/2015: Grassley, Durbin Push for H-1B and L-1 Visa Reforms

Senators Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Dick Durbin, Assistant Democratic Leader, today are introducing bipartisan legislation that would reform the H-1B visa program, consistent with Congress's original intent, by ensuring that qualified American workers are given the first opportunity at high-skilled job opportunities. The legislation makes reforms to increase enforcement, modify wage requirements and ensure protection for American workers as well as visa holders. Grassley and Durbin first introduced this legislation in 2007 and have been long-time proponents of H-1B reform. - Announcement

11/10/2015: How Outsourcing Companies Are Gaming the Visa System

"H-1B visas are designed to bring foreign professionals with college degrees and specialized skills to fill jobs when qualified Americans cannot be found. But in recent years, global outsourcing companies have dominated the program, winning tens of thousands of visas and squeezing out many American companies, including smaller start-ups." - NY Times

  • 13 outsourcing companies took nearly one-third of all H-1B visas in 2014.
  • The outsourcing companies dominate the visa program by flooding the system with applications.
  • With more applications, the number of visas given to outsourcing companies has risen sharply.
  • Many H-1B workers earn salaries below market rates.
  • The vast majority of H-1B workers are from India.

11/09/2015: Appeals court deals crippling blow to President Obama's immigration plan

"A federal appeals court dealt a potentially fatal blow Monday to President Obama's immigration plan, leaving more than 4 million undocumented immigrants in legal limbo and setting up a possible Supreme Court battle at the sunset of his administration.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit upheld a challenge to the deferred deportation program brought by Texas and 25 other states with Republican governors, who argued that Obama lacked the authority to protect about one-third of the nation's undocumented immigrants by executive fiat." - USA Today

11/09/2015: December 2015 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for December 2015. The table below shows "Final Action (Approval)" cut-off dates and movement from the previous month, for all major employment-based categories. For more information please refer to our Visa Bulletin Toolbox.

Chargeability Preference Cut-off Date (Y-M-D) Movement (Days)
China Second (EB2) 2012-02-01 0
India Second (EB2) 2007-6-1 304
ROW Third (EB3) 2015-9-1 17
China Third (EB3) 2012-4-15 105
India Third (EB3) 2004-4-22 21
Mexico Third (EB3) 2015-9-1 17
Philippines Third (EB3) 2007-8-1 47

The Department of State also published their predictions on monthly cutoff date movement for the next few months in the December 2015 Visa Bulletin.

11/09/2015: A decade into a project to digitize U.S. immigration forms, just 1 is online

"Heaving under mountains of paperwork, the government has spent more than $1 billion trying to replace its antiquated approach to managing immigration with a system of digitized records, online applications and a full suite of nearly 100 electronic forms.

A decade in, all that officials have to show for the effort is a single form that's now available for online applications and a single type of fee that immigrants pay electronically. The 94 other forms can be filed only with paper." - Washington Post

Also see our June 2015 blog post: USCIS Transformation Program: One Billion Over Budget, Four Years Behind Schedule

11/09/2015: USCIS Webinar on T and U visas and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

"USCIS invites you to a webinar on Wednesday, November 18, 2015, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern) on T and U visas and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), immigration relief for victims for human trafficking, domestic violence and other serious crimes. This webinar is intended for community-based organizations, social service agencies and advocates. To register for this session, please follow these steps:"

  • Visit our registration page to confirm your participation
  • Enter your email address and select "Submit"
  • Select "Subscriber Preferences"
  • Select the "Event Registration" tab
  • Complete the questions and select "Submit"

11/05/2015: Rubio hardens opposition to Obama program for child immigrants

"Marco Rubio committed Wednesday to ending President Obama's controversial program for child immigrants even if Congress doesn't create an acceptable alternative, hardening his opposition in the wake of criticism by presidential rival Donald Trump.

Here in Manchester, Rubio went further than he has before in demonstrating his commitment to ending Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which is loathed by many conservatives." - Washington Post

11/03/2015: Leaked DHS memo shows Obama might circumvent DAPA injunction

"A newly leaked internal DHS memorandum produced for an off-the-record agency conclave reveals that the Obama administration is actively planning to circumvent a federal court injunction that suspended part of last November's deferral-based amnesty initiative. The document, apparently prepared as follow-up from a DHS "Regulations Retreat" last summer, appears sure to re-ignite concerns in Congress as well as federal judges in the Fifth Circuit. The Administration has already been criticized from the bench for handing out work permits to hundreds of thousands of deferred action beneficiaries, in direct violation of a district court's order. With the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals deciding any day now whether to deny the Administration's request to reverse that injunction, this public leak has come at a critical juncture for U.S. enforcement policy.

The internal memo reveals four options of varying expansiveness, with option 1 providing EADs to "all individuals living in the United States", including illegal aliens, visa-overstayers, and H-1B guest-workers, while option 4 provides EADs only to those on certain unexpired non-immigrant visas." - The Hill

11/01/2015: Ryan rules out immigration reform before 2016 election

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Sunday he will not consider or negotiate an immigration reform bill during President Obama's tenure, ruling out calls to revive the issue in an effort to broaden GOP appeal to Latino voters before the 2016 election.

"I don't think we can trust the president on this issue," Ryan said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "The president has proven himself untrustworthy on this issue because he tried to unilaterally rewrite the law himself. Presidents don't write laws. Congress does." - LA Times

10/28/2015: Trump: Only in favor of legal immigration

"Donald Trump said people can immigrate to the U.S., but only if they do so legally. "If we need people, they have to come into this country legally. It's fine. If they come in they have to come in legally," he said during Wednesday's Republican debate.

Sen. Marco Rubio said the legal immigration system should be scrutinized as well. "Our legal immigration system from now on has to be merit-based," he said. To be considered, an immigrant must show skills and a willingness to be an American, Rubio added." - CNBC

10/26/2015: Green Card Tracker Updated with Data as of October 13, 2015

USCIS today published the pending I-485 inventory with data as of October 13, 2015. We have now updated the green card tracker with the latest information. Just like the July update, this latest release contains a significant number of new filings in the China EB-2 category due to rapid cutoff date movement in 2015. It will be interesting to see what the numbers look like, for all employment-based categories, once new applications are tallied as a result of dual-chart visa bulletins.

10/20/2015: San Francisco Votes to Keep Shielding Immigrants From Deportation Officials

"The Board of Supervisors upheld San Francisco's status as a sanctuary for immigrants on Tuesday, unanimously passing a resolution that called on local law enforcement not to notify the federal authorities when unauthorized immigrants are released from custody.

The city had been under pressure from critics of its policies on immigrants after Kathryn Steinle, 32, a tourist from Pleasanton, Calif., was fatally shot in the chest in July while walking with her father along the Embarcadero waterfront. The man accused of the shooting, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, is an unauthorized immigrant who has been deported to Mexico five times for various felonies, including drug charges, and had been released from a San Francisco jail shortly before the killing." - NY Times

10/20/2015: White Backlash' to Latino Immigration

"Is there a downside to the rapid growth of the Latino population in American politics? A new book by two professors at the University of California at San Diego posits that mass immigration by Latinos has touched off a wave of bitterness among white voters who are voicing their disapproval with a migration of their own to the Republican Party - who is receiving them with open arms." - NBC

10/16/2015: Proposal to Extend STEM OPT to 24 Months

"The optional practical training program, or OPT, allows nonimmigrant international students and new graduates to extend their time in the U.S. on their F-1 student visa status to gain on-the-job-learning for up to a year. The proposed rule would allow certain F-1 STEM students to extend their OPT period by 24 months with the appropriate mentoring and training by employers. The proposed rule would also improve and increase oversight over OPT STEM extensions." - ICE

10/14/2015: Important Update on "Filing" Visa Bulletins

USCIS has posted a critical update on the use of the filing visa bulletin charts. Basically, each month USCIS will determine whether the "filing" cutoff dates can be used for submitting I-485 applications. If yes, USCIS will state so on their website and applicants may then proceed based on the "filing" cut off dates. Otherwise, the "approval" cutoff dates will be used to determine eligibility to file applications. This is not only confusing but also adds another step (and one more week) to the process which is absolutely unnecessary. Instead, USCIS should have worked with DOS before releasing the "filing" visa bulletin charts.

Below is the official announcement from USCIS:

"Beginning with the November 2015 Department of State (DOS) Visa Bulletin, if USCIS determines that there are more immigrant visas available for a fiscal year than there are known applicants for such visas, we will state on that applicants may use the Dates for Filing Visa Applications chart. Unless otherwise stated on our website, the Application Final Action Date chart will be used to determine when individuals may file their adjustment of status applications. We anticipate making this determination each month and posting the relevant chart on our website within one week of DOS' publication of the Visa Bulletin." - USCIS

10/09/2015: November 2015 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for November 2015. The table below shows "approval" cut-off dates and movement from the previous month, for all major employment-based categories. For more information please refer to our Visa Bulletin Toolbox.

Chargeability Preference Cut-off Date (Y-M-D) Movement (Days)
China Second (EB2) 2012-02-01 31
India Second (EB2) 2006-08-01 457
ROW Third (EB3) 2015-08-15 0
China Third (EB3) 2012-01-01 78
India Third (EB3) 2004-04-01 24
Mexico Third (EB3) 2015-08-15 0
Philippines Third (EB3) 2007-06-15 165

09/30/2015: House Passes Funding Bill, Averts Government Shutdown

"Party leaders have kept their promise of no government shutdown Wednesday afternoon – at least for the time being. Congress passed a short-term spending bill to fund the government ahead of the midnight deadline, when the new fiscal year begins. The Senate passed a continuing resolution Wednesday morning that will fund the government at previous years' levels. In the House, a minority of Republicans joined with Democrats to send the bill to President Obama's desk. Most Republicans opposed the measure over concerns with funding Planned Parenthood." - ABC

09/29/2015: Lawsuit Filed Against USCIS and DOS over Revised October 2015 Visa Bulletin

"We hinted at it throughout the weekend and indeed filed a lawsuit today suing USCIS and the State Department to force the agencies to revert back to the original version of the Visa Bulletin published on September 9th. We have filed the case in the Western District of Washington. Seattle is one of America's major technology capitals and is a great illustration of a city where so many of its residents are facing the consequences of USCIS' defenseless actions." - Greg Siskind

09/25/2015: Revised Visa Bulletin For October 2015

Revised September 25, 2015: This bulletin supersedes the bulletin for October 2015 that was originally published on September 9, 2015, and contained Dates for Filing Applications long used by the Department of State for internal processing purposes. Following consultations with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Dates for Filing Applications for some categories in the Family-Sponsored and Employment-Based preferences have been adjusted to better reflect a timeframe justifying immediate action in the application process. - DOS

Note from The October 2015 Visa Bulletin on this site has been updated with the revised dates. All tracking and progress calculations have also been updated with the new information. DOS changed the cutoff dates for six categories, all in the "Filing" visa bulletins. The "Approval" charts remain unchanged from the one originally published on 9/9/2015.

    Revised Cutoff Dates for "Filing"
  • F1 Mexico: 01APR95
  • F3 Mexico: 01MAY95
  • EB2 China: 01JAN13
  • EB2 India: 01JUL09
  • EB3-Other PHILIPPINES: 01JAN10

09/24/2015: USCIS Suspends Final Adjudication of Employment-Based Adjustment Applications for the Remainder of FY 2015

Starting today, USCIS will suspend final adjudication of employment-based Form I-485 applications (Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status) because the Department of State reports that the statutory cap has been reached for the employment-based preference categories for fiscal year (FY) 2015. This suspension applies to all employment-based adjustment applications pending with USCIS through September 30, 2015 (the remainder of FY2015).

USCIS will continue to accept adjustment of status applications that are filed when the foreign national's priority date is earlier than the cut-off date published in the September Visa Bulletin for his or her preference category and country of birth/chargeability. USCIS will resume final adjudication of employment-based adjustment applications beginning October 1, 2015, when visa numbers are again available. - USCIS Email Alert

09/23/2015: Immigration agents allowed back in L.A. County jails, with limits

Federal immigration agents have returned to Los Angeles County jails to seek out deportable inmates under a new policy by Sheriff Jim McDonnell that has prompted criticism from immigrant advocates who say it could lead to racial profiling.

Under the new policy, jail officials will also notify ICE up to seven days before those inmates are being released so immigration agents can pick them up and initiate deportation proceedings. The new procedures stand in contrast to those in San Francisco, where lawmakers have banned all sheriff collaboration with immigration officials except when federal authorities have a court order or a warrant. - LA Times

09/21/2015: Should Congress Let Wealthy Foreigners Buy Green Cards?

There were just 700 visas issued in 2007; in 2014, for the first time ever, the program reached its quota of 10,000 visas through the EB-5 program and had to stop accepting applications. The quota was reached again this year. For wealthy foreigners, the EB-5 program is the best bet for getting U.S. citizenship. Other options—finding an employer or a family member to sponsor them—have long backlogs and a lot of paperwork. The EB-5, by contrast, is a relative breeze. - The Atlantic

09/18/2015: Silicon Valley Wants High-Skilled Immigration on Campaign Agenda, a lobbying group created by Mark Zuckerberg and other tech founders, is trying to get immigration reform on the agenda of the U.S. presidential campaign. Not the kind of immigration that has dominated the two Republican debates – the kind of immigration Silicon Valley relies on.

"Attracting entrepreneurs and human capital is critical to the tech community," said Todd Schulte, president of during a conference call on Thursday, strategically timed for the day after the second Republican debate. - WSJ

09/16/2015: Elusive crime wave data shows frightening toll of illegal immigrant criminals

In the absence of comprehensive data, examined a patchwork of local, state and federal statistics that revealed a wildly disproportionate number of murderers, rapists and drug dealers are crossing into the U.S. amid the wave of hard-working families seeking a better life. The explosive figures show illegal immigrants are three times as likely to be convicted of murder as members of the general population and account for far more crimes than their 3.5-percent share of the U.S. population would suggest. Critics say it is no accident that local, state and federal governments go to great lengths to keep the data under wraps.

Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrant criminals are being deported. In 2014, ICE removed 315,943 criminal illegal immigrants nationwide, 85 percent of whom had previously been convicted of a criminal offense. But that same year, ICE released onto U.S. streets another 30,558 criminal illegal immigrants with a combined 79,059 criminal convictions including 86 homicides, 186 kidnappings, and thousands of sexual assaults, domestic violence assaults and DUIs, Vaughan said. As of August, ICE had already released at least 10,246 criminal aliens. - Fox News

09/11/2015: U.S. Drops Charges That Professor Shared Technology With China

When the Justice Department arrested the chairman of Temple University's physics department this spring and accused him of sharing sensitive American-made technology with China, prosecutors had what seemed like a damning piece of evidence: schematics of sophisticated laboratory equipment sent by the professor, Xi Xiaoxing, to scientists in China.

It was an embarrassing acknowledgment that prosecutors and F.B.I. agents did not understand — and did not do enough to learn — the science at the heart of the case before bringing charges that jeopardized Dr. Xi's career and left the impression that he was spying for China. - NY Times

09/10/2015: October 2015 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State and USCIS together made significant changes to the visa bulletin system. Starting from the October 2015 Visa Bulletin, there will be two cutoff dates for each preference category. One date is for filing a visa or I-485 application, and the other is for the final action, e.g. approval, on an existing case. So essentially, the "approval" visa bulletin is still the legacy version, but the added "filing" visa bulletin will often allow an applicant to submit their application much earlier than what the legacy visa bulletin would have permitted. Although filing an I-485 doesn't mean the applicant will become a permanent resident faster, it does bring significant benefits including the ability to apply for EAD and AP, among others. The table below shows cut-off date movement based on the "approval" visa bulletin. For more information please refer to our Visa Bulletin Toolbox.

Chargeability Preference Cut-off Date (Y-M-D) Movement (Days)
China Second (EB2) 2012-01-01 2191
India Second (EB2) 2005-05-01 -245
ROW Third (EB3) 2015-08-15 0
China Third (EB3) 2011-10-15 2488
India Third (EB3) 2004-03-08 -289
Mexico Third (EB3) 2015-08-15 0
Philippines Third (EB3) 2007-01-01 740

09/09/2015: Revised Procedures for Determining Visa Availability for Applicants Waiting to File for Adjustment of Status

USCIS, in coordination with Department of State (DOS), is revising the procedures for determining visa availability for applicants waiting to file for employment-based or family-sponsored preference adjustment of status. Two charts per visa preference category will be posted in the DOS Visa Bulletin:

  • Application Final Action Dates (dates when visas may finally be issued); and
  • Dates for Filing Applications (earliest dates when applicants may be able to apply).

09/03/2015: Petition to propose a proper regulation for extending the STEM OPT before 02/2016

Recently, US federal judge deemed the regulation for extending the STEM OPT to 29 months (from 12 months) invalid due to lack of public notice and comment. The ruling, which will be effective in Feb 2016, will cause major disruption in labor market and education sector. Companies in various industries will lose a large number of contributing foreign employees, who will also have to face severe hardship. The ruling will potentially send false signal of tightening immigration policy to future foreign students in STEM fields and discourage them from coming to the US for scientific research. To avoid the massive impact on the US economy and education sector, we urge the White House to put in place a new, properly processed set of rules for the extension of the STEM OPT before February 2016. - White House Petition

09/03/2015: Significant Change to US Department of State Visa Bulletin

It is our understanding that the State Department intends to create two separate categories of cut-off dates, both of which would be reflected in each monthly Visa Bulletin. The first, an "approval" cut-off date, would function as the current cut-off date does and would regulate when an adjustment application or immigrant visa application may be approved. The second, an "acceptance" cut-off date, would regulate when an adjustment of status application may be filed and would allow the filing of such an application, provided that the foreign national's priority date is before the relevant acceptance cut-off date. Once the adjustment application is filed, the foreign national would be eligible for the secondary benefits available to adjustment of status applicants, including employment authorization documents, advance parole authorizations, and I-140 immigrant petition portability. - National Law Review

08/31/2015: Migrant Crisis Tests Core European Value: Open Borders

The desperate migrants and asylum seekers now flooding into Europe by the tens of thousands, and the inability so far to accommodate them in an organized way, may be starting to fray Europe's commitment to erase old borders.

The evidence was on stark display Monday, as the Austrian authorities disrupted traffic from Hungary, causing backups of at least 12 miles, while inspecting vehicles for smuggled migrants. The crackdown could last indefinitely. - NY Times

08/31/2015: 244 Arrested in Southern California Immigration Sting

Immigration agents arrested more than 240 people with criminal records during a four-day sting in Southern California, authorities said Monday in a show of force that comes as fewer people are being deported. Slightly more than half of the 244 people arrested last week had felony convictions and the rest had significant or multiple misdemeanor convictions, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The agency said those numbers underscore an emphasis on deporting immigrants who commit crimes in the United States or pose a public safety threat. - ABC

08/31/2015: Kate Steinle slaying prompts Bay Area counties to cooperate with immigration officials

The fate of a 31-year-old illegal immigrant from Nicaragua with a history of domestic violence and assault with a deadly weapon rested entirely on where he was recently caught in the Bay Area.

If it had been in San Francisco or Santa Clara County, he would have walked out of a jail a free man after serving time for violating probation. But because he broke the law in another part of the Bay Area -- where local jailers recently started cooperating with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement -- federal agents were able to retrieve him from jail two weeks ago and lock him up in a federal detention center pending possible deportation. - Mercury News

08/24/2015: USCIS Discontinues Legacy e-Filing System

USCIS will discontinue its legacy e-Filing system in order to maintain data security standards and focus resources on the replacement Electronic Immigration System. The last day to start new forms in the e-Filing system is Aug. 30. You must complete and submit all forms by Sept. 20. If you are unable to do so, you will need to file a paper form.

USCIS is transitioning to a new system called the Electronic Immigration System. The new system is faster, more secure, and easier to upgrade and update. The forms being removed from the legacy e-Filing system will not be available immediately in the Electronic Immigration System, but there are plans to add them in the future. - USCIS

08/15/2015: The three core principles of Donald J. Trump's immigration plan

When politicians talk about "immigration reform" they mean: amnesty, cheap labor and open borders. The Schumer-Rubio immigration bill was nothing more than a giveaway to the corporate patrons who run both parties.

Real immigration reform puts the needs of working people first – not wealthy globetrotting donors. We are the only country in the world whose immigration system puts the needs of other nations ahead of our own. That must change. Here are the three core principles of real immigration reform. - Donald Trump

08/14/2015: Working STEM students may be forced to leave U.S. next year

A federal judge made a ruling this week that could force tens of thousands of foreign workers, many of whom are employed at tech companies on student visas, to return to their home countries early next year.

This ruling, released Wednesday by U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Huvelle in Washington, found that the government erred by not seeking public comment when it extended the 12-month Optional Practical Training (OPT) program to 29 months for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) students. The OPT program allows someone to work on a student visa. - Computer World

08/12/2015: Green Card Tracker Updated with Data as of July 20, 2015

USCIS today published the pending I-485 inventory with data as of July 20, 2015. We have now updated the green card tracker with the latest information. This is the first inventory that includes the large number of new filings in the China EB-2 category, because its cut-off date has been advancing rapidly from March to August, 2015. When compared to the April inventory, over 5,000 new EB2C applications of priority dates between 2011 - 2013 have been added to the 7/20 release.

08/12/2015: September 2015 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for September 2015. The table below shows cut-off date movement from the previous month, for all major employment-based categories. For more information please refer to our Visa Bulletin Toolbox.

Chargeability Preference Cut-off Date (Y-M-D) Movement (Days)
China Second (EB2) 2006-01-01 -2905
India Second (EB2) 2006-01-01 -1004
ROW Third (EB3) 2015-08-15 31
China Third (EB3) 2004-12-22 204
India Third (EB3) 2004-12-22 204
Mexico Third (EB3) 2015-08-15 31
Philippines Third (EB3) 2004-12-22 204

08/05/2015: GOP presidential debate could spark fireworks on immigration

From immigrants to tea partiers, Floridians are eager to see how the Republican presidential candidates handle the explosive issue of immigration at their first nationally televised primary debate Thursday evening. The 9 p.m. broadcast on Fox News will showcase 10 candidates, five from Florida, who most likely will tangle over an intractable issue that divides Congress and has left 11 million people, including hundreds of thousands in Florida, in legal limbo. - Sun Sentinel

08/01/2015: "This is a global migration crisis"

The British and French governments have warned that the world is facing a "global migration crisis"...Writing in the Telegraph, they warn would-be immigrants planning to make the "desperate" journey in search of a better life that Britain's streets "are not paved with gold"...The announcement came as figures showed the number of suspected illegal migrants detained in Britain has soared by almost a fifth since the Calais crisis erupted. - The Telegraph

07/25/2015: Hungary's Viktor Orban: illegal immigration threatens Europe

Illegal immigration is a threat to Hungary and all of Europe, with the biggest risk coming from hundreds of millions of people from the "depths of Africa" looking to escape poverty, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Saturday.

Speaking at a cultural festival in Baile Tusnad, Romania, Orban accused the European Union of failing to defend its citizens from the "masses of illegal immigrants," who he said threatened the cultural identity of European countries and contributed to increased terrorism, unemployment and criminality. - U.S. News

07/21/2015: USCIS Policy Alert: Modifications to Oath of Allegiance for Naturalization

In general, a naturalization applicant must take an oath of allegiance in a public ceremony, in addition to meeting other eligibility requirements, in order to naturalize. The oath includes the clauses to bear arms on behalf of the United States and to perform noncombatant service in the U.S. armed forces when required by law.1 An applicant may be eligible for certain modifications to the oath to exclude the clauses based on religious training and belief or a conscientious objection. This guidance updates Volume 12 of the Policy Manual to clarify the eligibility requirements for the modifications. - USCIS

07/15/2015: Green Card Tracker Updated with Data as of April 1, 2015

USCIS finally published the pending I-485 inventory to include data for each oversubscribed country, instead of just a total count released two weeks ago. We have since updated the green card tracker with the latest release, containing data as of April 1, 2015.

07/10/2015: August 2015 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for August 2015. The table below shows cut-off date movement from the previous month, for all major employment-based categories. For more information please refer to our Visa Bulletin Toolbox.

Chargeability Preference Cut-off Date (Y-M-D) Movement (Days)
China Second (EB2) 2013-12-15 75
India Second (EB2) 2008-10-01 0
ROW Third (EB3) 2015-07-15 105
China Third (EB3) 2004-06-01 -2648
India Third (EB3) 2004-06-01 121
Mexico Third (EB3) 2015-07-15 105
Philippines Third (EB3) 2004-06-01 ---

07/09/2015: USCIS Requesting Return of 3-Year EAD from DACA Recipients

AILA reported that USCIS sent a letter to DACA recipients who did not return their three-year EAD cards, stating that USCIS must receive the now invalid 3-year EAD by 7/17/15. Failure to return the invalid EAD without good cause may affect the individual's deferred action and employment authorization. - USCIS Letter

07/03/2015: Feds: San Francisco pier shooting suspect deported 5 times

A man suspected in the shooting death of a woman at a busy San Francisco tourist destination has seven felony convictions and has been deported five times, most recently in 2009, a federal agency said Friday.

[ICE spokeswoman Virginia] Kice said ICE issued a detainer for Sanchez in March, requesting to be notified if he was going to be released. The detainer was not honored, she said. Friday evening, an attorney for the San Francisco Sheriff's Department said it had no authority to honor the immigration hold. Freya Horne said that federal detention orders are not a "legal basis" to hold someone, so Sanchez was released April 15. - CBS

07/01/2015: Delayed I-485 Inventory, with only Partial Data

After a 2-month delay USCIS today updated their pending I-485 inventory. Unfortunately it only contains total number of pending I-485 applications, without separate reports based on country of chargeability. I'm fairly certain this was a reporting error and hopefully USCIS will fix it in the next couple of days.

06/27/2015: Supreme Court to Weigh Race in College Admissions

The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to take a second look at the use of race in admissions decisions by the University of Texas at Austin, reviving a potent challenge to affirmative action in higher education.

The move, which supporters of race-conscious admissions programs called baffling and ominous, signaled that the court may limit or even end such affirmative action. The advocates speculated that the court's most conservative members had cast the four votes needed to grant review of the case in the hope that Justice Anthony M. Kennedy would supply the fifth vote to strike down the Texas admissions plan. - NY Times

06/27/2015: Donald Trump Defends His Immigration Stance

Amidst growing backlash over his controversial comments about Mexican immigration during his presidential campaign announcement, Donald Trump tells PEOPLE he's standing by his words.

"I love the Mexican people and have great respect for Mexico," Trump says. "But Mexico has totally taken advantage of the United States, both at the border and at trade. I'm exposing the truth." - People Magazine

06/27/2015: Most illegal immigrants from border surge skipped court date after release

Tens of thousands of illegal immigrant women and children streamed across the U.S. border last year seeking asylum and protected status, claiming a "credible fear" of going home to the violence in Central America. President Obama addressed the crisis through increased border enforcement, more detention beds, more immigration judges and pressure on political leaders in their home countries.

But a year later, new data obtained exclusively by Fox News shows the policy isn't stopping the influx. Not only are illegal immigrant women and children continuing to cross the border in large numbers, but the majority charged with crimes aren't even showing up for court. - FOX News

06/22/2015: GAO Report on USCIS Transformation to Electronic Filing System

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) currently expects that its Transformation Program will cost up to $3.1 billion and be fully deployed no later than March 2019, which is an increase of approximately $1 billion and delay of over 4 years from its initial July 2011 baseline. In March 2012, the program began to significantly change its acquisition strategy to address various technical challenges (see table). - GAO

06/21/2015: Marco Rubio Is Heckled by Immigration Protesters at Faith Summit

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio was interrupted and heckled by undocumented immigrants Thursday while speaking to the Faith & Freedom Coalition meeting in Washington.

Two men stood up during the Florida senator's speech and began shouting that they were undocumented immigrants yelling "protect DACA" and "implement DAPA," referring to President Barack Obama's 2012 and 2014 executive actions to provide deportation relief. - Bloomberg

06/21/2015: Who should immigration be helping?

Recent revelations about the firing of American tech workers and their replacement by temporary visa holders reveal, in the starkest way, why many Americans are wary of the impact of untrammeled immigration. Workers in American companies have been removed from their jobs not because they could not perform them, but because their replacements, largely from India, are simply cheaper and, likely, more malleable. - OC Register

06/20/2015: Mass arrests after thousands rally against immigration in Bratislava

At least 140 people were arrested Saturday after violence broke out at an anti-immigration rally in Bratislava attended by thousands of people in protest at EU quotas on migrant numbers, local media said.

The rally, organised by an anti-Islam group called Stop the Islamisation of Europe, drew up to 8,000 people, according to Slovakian media. Police declined to give an estimate. - Yahoo News

06/10/2015: July 2015 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for July 2015. The table below shows cut-off date movement from the previous month, for all major employment-based categories. For more information please refer to our Visa Bulletin Toolbox.

Chargeability Preference Cut-off Date (Y-M-D) Movement (Days)
China Second (EB2) 2013-10-1 122
India Second (EB2) 2008-10-1 0
ROW Third (EB3) 2015-4-1 45
China Third (EB3) 2011-9-1 0
India Third (EB3) 2004-2-1 10
Mexico Third (EB3) 2015-4-1 45
Philippines Third (EB3) Unavailable Unavailable

"Despite two retrogressions of the Philippines Employment Third and Third Other Worker cut-off dates in an attempt to hold number use within the annual limit, it has now become necessary to make the category "Unavailable" for the month of July. It is possible that some unused numbers from the Second preference category may become available for September use. If not, Philippines Third preference numbers will once again be available beginning October 1, 2015 under the FY-2016 annual numerical limitations." - DOS

06/03/2015: Pink Slips at Disney. But First, Training Foreign Replacements.

Instead, about 250 Disney employees were told in late October that they would be laid off. Many of their jobs were transferred to immigrants on temporary visas for highly skilled technical workers, who were brought in by an outsourcing firm based in India. Over the next three months, some Disney employees were required to train their replacements to do the jobs they had lost.

Disney executives said that the layoffs were part of a reorganization, and that the company opened more positions than it eliminated. - NY Times

05/26/2015: Obama immigration overhaul and 'Dreamers' handed another legal setback

A split federal appeals court on Tuesday let stand a lower court's ruling that has stymied Obama administration plans to shield up to 5 million people - including young immigrants known as "Dreamers" – from deportation. At issue was President Obama's proposed extension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, created in 2012, and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Legal Permanent Residents, or DAPA, which was scheduled to start in May. - LA Times

05/26/2015: H4 EAD Lawsuit: Motion for a Preliminary Injunction Denied

"Plaintiff Save Jobs USA ("Save Jobs") brings this action against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") for violations of the Administrative Procedures Act ("APA"). Save Jobs alleges that DHS violated the APA when it issued a final rule that will allow certain H-4 visa holders to apply for employment authorization. See Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses, 80 Fed. Reg. 10,284 (Feb. 25, 2015) (to be codified at 8 C.F.R. pts. 214.2, 274a) (the "Rule"). Before the court is Save Jobs' motion for a preliminary injunction. Because Save Jobs has failed to show it will suffer irreparable harm absent preliminary relief, the motion is denied. - Court Document"

05/22/2015: Harvard discriminates against Asians as it once did to Jews

If you're applying to Harvard and your last name is Wong or Liu, changing it to Lopez or Luciano might just make the difference you need to get in. Harvard routinely rejects "Asian" applicants in favor of whites and sought-after minorities with lower test scores and grades. Enrollment data reveal that Harvard limits Asian-Americans to a flat 15-18 percent of the student body, year after year, though they increasingly dominate the top of the applicant pool. - NY Post

05/22/2015: USCIS Temporarily Suspends Premium Processing for Extension of Stay H-1B Petitions

Starting May 26, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B Extension of Stay petitions until July 27, 2015. During this time frame, petitioners will not be able to file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, for a Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, requesting an extension of the stay for an H-1B nonimmigrant. USCIS will continue to premium process H-1B Extension of Stay petitions filed with Form I-907 premium requests prior to May 26, 2015. - USCIS

05/22/2015: Revised Form I-765 Now Available

USCIS recently published the revised Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization with a 02/13/15, edition date. You can download the revised form and details about who may file and where to file Form I-765 from the USCIS forms page...While USCIS will continue to accept versions of the form with edition date 05/27/08 or later, H-4 applicants should use the 02/13/15 version of the form to prevent delays or the need for USCIS to issue you a request for evidence.

05/20/2015: Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses

Beginning May 26, 2015, certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants can file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, as long as the H-1B nonimmigrant has already started the process of seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident (LPR) status. Specifically, H-4 dependent spouses may apply for employment authorization if the H-1B nonimmigrant:

  • Is the principal beneficiary of an approved Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker; or
  • Has been granted H-1B status under sections 106(a) and (b) of the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-first Century Act of 2000 as amended by the 21st Century Department of Justice Appropriations Authorization Act (AC21). AC21 permits H-1B nonimmigrants seeking lawful permanent residence to work and remain in the United States beyond the six-year limit on their H-1B status.

05/18/2015: New Visa Bulletin Tracker

We have re-designed the visa bulletin tracker to show cutoff dates in an easy-to-use, interactive graph. Visa bulletin data include all EB2 and EB3 categories from the past 10 years. You can add or remove categories from the graph to compare data, such as China-EB2 vs China-EB3. Check it out!

05/11/2015: June 2015 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for June 2015. The table below shows cut-off date movement from the previous month, for all major employment-based categories. For more information please refer to our Visa Bulletin Toolbox.

Chargeability Preference Cut-off Date (Y-M-D) Movement (Days)
China Second (EB2) 2013-6-1 365
India Second (EB2) 2008-10-1 169
ROW Third (EB3) 2015-2-15 45
China Third (EB3) 2011-9-1 123
India Third (EB3) 2004-1-22 7
Mexico Third (EB3) 2015-2-15 45
Philippines Third (EB3) 2005-1-1 -911

05/08/2015: Accused of Spying for China, Until She Wasn't

The [FBI] agents accused Mrs. Chen, a hydrologist born in China and now a naturalized American citizen, of using a stolen password to download information about the nation's dams and of lying about meeting with a high-ranking Chinese official.

Mrs. Chen, 59, an adoptive Midwesterner who had received awards for her government service, was now suspected of being a Chinese spy. She was arrested and led in handcuffs past her co-workers to a federal courthouse 40 miles away in Dayton, where she was told she faced 25 years in prison and $1 million in fines.

Then, five months later, the ordeal abruptly ended. In March, just a week before she was scheduled to go on trial, prosecutors dropped all charges against Mrs. Chen without explanation. - NY Times

05/04/2015: USCIS Completes Data Entry of FY-2016 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

USCIS announced May 4, 2015, that it has completed data entry of all fiscal year 2016 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in our computer-generated random process. USCIS will now begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected. Due to the high volume of filings, the time frame for returning these petitions is uncertain. USCIS asks petitioners to not inquire about the status of submitted cap-subject petitions until they receive a receipt notice or an unselected petition is returned. USCIS will issue an announcement once all the petitions have been returned.

05/01/2015: Baltimore Unrest Reveals Tensions Between African-Americans And Asians

The broader question is what's really happening in the more troubled neighborhoods of a majority-black city. Like any city, Baltimore has a legacy of segregation and a legacy of police violence. It also faces many class and economic differences. And those differences came to the surface during Monday's violence. In the Sandtown neighborhood, many Asian-owned businesses were targeted for destruction. NPR's Nurith Aizenman visited a street close to the scene of Freddie Gray's arrest where Asian shop owners are assessing the damage. - NPR

04/28/2015: ICE Final Rule to Allow Part-Time Studies for F2 and M2 Dependents

The Department of Homeland Security is amending its regulations under the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to improve management of international student programs and increase opportunities for study by spouses and children of nonimmigrant students. This rule grants school officials more flexibility in determining the number of designated school officials to nominate for the oversight of campuses. The rule also provides greater incentive for international students to study in the United States by permitting accompanying spouses and children of academic and vocational nonimmigrant students with F-1 or M-1 nonimmigrant status to enroll in study at an SEVP-certified school so long as any study remains less than a full course of study. F-2 and M-2 spouses and children remain prohibited, however, from engaging in a full course of study unless they apply for, and DHS approves, a change of nonimmigrant status to a nonimmigrant status authorizing such study. - Federal Register

04/26/2015: Complete Re-design of ImmigrationRoad.Com

Over the past few weeks we've been working extremely hard to overhaul the entire website and today it is live! Our main goal is to make the website completely responsive, meaning that it will display beautifully whether you're visiting using a desktop computer, a tablet, or a smartphone. No zooming or dragging is needed on a small screen. In addition, most pages should load even faster than before. We're still working to make sure everything works perfectly so if you see a glitch please do let us know. We hope you like the new design.

04/13/2015: May 2015 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for May 2015. The table below shows cut-off date movement from the previous month, for all major employment-based categories. For more information please refer to our Visa Bulletin Toolbox.

Chargeability Preference Cut-off Date (Y-M-D) Movement (Days)
China Second (EB2) 2012-6-1 427
India Second (EB2) 2008-4-15 227
ROW Third (EB3) 2015-1-1 92
China Third (EB3) 2011-5-1 120
India Third (EB3) 2004-1-15 7
Mexico Third (EB3) 2015-1-1 92
Philippines Third (EB3) 2007-7-1 -2649

04/13/2015: USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for FY 2016

USCIS received nearly 233,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period, which began April 1, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption. On April 13, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process, or lottery, to select enough petitions to meet the 65,000 general-category cap and the 20,000 cap under the advanced degree exemption. USCIS will reject and return all unselected petitions with their filing fees, unless the petition is found to be a duplicate filing. The agency conducted the selection process for the advanced degree exemption first. All unselected advanced degree petitions then became part of the random selection process for the 65,000 limit. - USCIS

04/07/2015: USCIS Reaches FY 2016 H-1B Cap

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year (FY) 2016. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U.S. advanced degree exemption. USCIS will use a computer-generated process, also known as the lottery, to randomly select the petitions needed to meet the caps of 65,000 visas for the general category and 20,000 for the advanced degree exemption. - USCIS

03/26/2015: USCIS Workload Transfer within Service Center Operations

Effective March 27, 2015, USCIS will transfer the adjudication of some cases to balance our overall workload. The affected cases include those filed with the following forms:

  • I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)
  • I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker
  • I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (employment and asylum-based only)
  • I-821D/I-765, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals/ Application for Employment Authorization (initial and renewal requests)

03/22/2015: Police departments hiring immigrants as officers

Law enforcement agencies struggling to fill their ranks or connect with their increasingly diverse populations are turning to immigrants to fill the gap. Most agencies in the country require officers or deputies to be U.S. citizens, but some are allowing immigrants who are legally in the country to wear the badge. From Hawaii to Vermont, agencies are allowing green-card holders and legal immigrants with work permits to join their ranks. - USA Today

03/21/2015: Judge blasts DOJ over immigration claims, threatens sanctions

A federal judge sharply scolded a Justice Department attorney at a hearing on President Obama's immigration executive actions, suggesting that the administration misled him on a key part of the program -- and that he fell for it, "like an idiot."

The testy court hearing was held Thursday in Texas by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen. The judge suggested he could order sanctions against the administration if he finds they indeed misrepresented the facts. - Fox

03/12/2015: April 2015 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for April 2015. The table below shows cut-off date movement from the previous month, for all major employment-based categories. For more information please refer to our Visa Bulletin Toolbox.

Chargeability Preference Cut-off Date Movement (Days)
China Second (EB2) 212
India Second (EB2) 243
ROW Third (EB3) 122
China Third (EB3) -294
India Third (EB3) 7
Mexico Third (EB3) 122
Philippines Third (EB3) 122

03/09/2015: US immigration officials announce 2,000 arrests in nationwide raids

Top immigration officials said Monday that the U.S. rounded up about 2,000 people who had been convicted of crimes and are living in the country illegally, an announcement made in part to show that agents are still aggressive about enforcement at a time of declining deportations.

The announcement comes as the Obama administration has faced harsh criticism by conservatives for pulling back on immigration enforcement. In the most recent fiscal year, the agency deported about 316,000 people, the smallest number since Obama took office. About two-thirds of those were turned back from the border, and about 102,000 were sent out in so-called "interior removals," mostly because of criminal records. That number was down 23 percent from 2013. - MSN

02/24/2015: DHS Extends Eligibility for Employment Authorization to Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses of H-1B Nonimmigrants Seeking Employment-Based Lawful Permanent Residence

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced today that, effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident (LPR) status. DHS amended the regulations to allow these H-4 dependent spouses to accept employment in the United States. - USCIS

02/16/2015: Judge blocks Obama policy to defer deportation of millions

A federal judge in Texas has issued a preliminary injunction blocking President Obama's program that would defer deportation for up to 5 million people living in the United States illegally.

Federal immigration officials have been temporarily barred from implementing "any and all aspects" of the deferred action program that Obama announced in November, according to an order issued Monday by U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen of the Southern District of Texas...The order applies to both the deferred action plan for parents of lawful permanent residents, also known as DAPA, and expansions to the deferred action for childhood arrivals, known as DACA, announced in November. - LA Times

02/10/2015: Green Card Tracker Updated

The green card tracker has been updated with the latest USCIS Pending I-485 Inventory data as of January 12, 2015.

02/09/2015: March 2015 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for March 2015. The table below shows cut-off date movement from the previous month, for all major employment-based categories. For more information please refer to our Visa Bulletin Toolbox.

Chargeability Preference Cut-off Date Movement (Days)
China Second (EB2) 170
India Second (EB2) 487
ROW Third (EB3) 151
China Third (EB3) 51
India Third (EB3) 10
Mexico Third (EB3) 151
Philippines Third (EB3) 151

01/30/2015: USCIS to Begin Accepting Requests for Expanded DACA on Feb. 18

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will expand Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals on Feb. 18, 2015. That will be the first day to request DACA under the revised guidelines established as part of President Obama's recent anouncements on immigration. - USCIS

01/27/2015: USCIS Office Closings on January 27

Many USCIS field offices and application centers on the east coast will be closed today due to snow storm. Click here on what to do if you have a pending appointment

01/14/2015: U.S. House passes security funding bill blocking immigration actions

U.S. House Republicans drew a hard line against President Barack Obama's executive immigration initiatives on Wednesday, voting to block them as they passed a Department of Homeland Security spending bill.

The vote sets up a potential showdown in coming weeks over funding for the sprawling agency that secures U.S. borders, airports and coastal waters. The bill's immigration provisions also could hamper Republicans' efforts to boost their appeal among Hispanic voters in the 2016 presidential election. - Reuters

01/09/2015: Bill H.R. 213 Introduced to Eliminate Per-Country Caps

Rep. Chaffetz (R-Utah) introduced H.R. 213, "To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the per-country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrants, to increase the per-country numerical limitation for family-sponsored immigrants, and for other purposes." This is essentially the same bill as H.R. 3012, which generated strong interests among legal, employment-based immigrants but ended up going nowhere. - ThomasNet

01/09/2015: February 2015 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for February 2015. The table below shows cut-off date movement from the previous month, for all major employment-based categories. For more information please refer to our Visa Bulletin Toolbox.

Chargeability Preference Cut-off Date Movement (Days)
China Second (EB2) 42
India Second (EB2) 198
ROW Third (EB3) 214
China Third (EB3) 184
India Third (EB3) 7
Mexico Third (EB3) 214
Philippines Third (EB3) 214

Also released: DOS predictions on Visa Bulletin movement for the coming months.

01/05/2015: Anti-illegal immigration groups resurge on border

Just 70 miles from the Mexico border, the area has been a busy crossing for migrants. And it's now attracting renewed attention after President Barack Obama announced his sweeping executive action for immigrants in November. Since then, Vickers said he's seen an uptick in people wanting to join Texas Border Volunteers, which he founded in 2005.

Obama's changes would provide work permits to 4.7 million immigrants who've been here illegally for years and strengthen border security, though few details have been released as to how. But federal officials have said recent border-crossers are now their highest priority. - Houston Chronicle

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