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October 2018 Archives

Lawsuit challenges short H-1B visa approvals

Some employers and skilled workers in Florida have been troubled by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' policy toward the issuance of H-1B visas. The USCIS has claimed that it can limit the duration of these visas to any length; now, employers have reported receiving H-1B approvals for periods as little as one day or 12 days. Some employers have received visas that were already expired by the time they arrived at the office. A new lawsuit is challenging the USCIS' claim of authority over how long professionals can work on H-1B visas.

ICE agents make arrests at marriage interviews in Florida

Undocumented immigrants who are married to U.S. citizens and wish to become legal residents are required to attend what are known as marriage interviews at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offices. These interviews are designed to help immigration officials to determine whether or not the marriage in question is genuine. However, media outlets have reported that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in Florida are now using these interviews to identify and apprehend undocumented individuals.

End of TPS status for some immigrants halted by federal judge

Some immigrants who are living in Florida with what is known as Temporary Protected Status have had their pending deportations halted by a federal judge. On Oct. 3, a California judge issued a preliminary injunction after immigrants filed a lawsuit.

Trump changes visa policy for same-sex partners of diplomats

In more than 70 countries around the world, a same-sex relationship might be punishable by law, which could create problems for diplomats in Florida and the rest of the U.S. under a new Trump administration policy. The U.S. State Department will not provide visas to same-sex partners of diplomats or United Nations staff unless the couple is married. This could put some in the position of getting married and risking punishment at home or not getting married and having their partner's visa denied.

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