Immigration Update – November 27, 2023

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USCIS extends myProgress to Forms I-485 and I-821 – United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is extending myProgress (formerly known as Custom Processing Times) to Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, and Form I-485, Application for Registration of Permanent Residence or Adjustment of Status. myProgress will initially only be available to I-485 family or special Afghan immigrant applicants.

DOJ Reaches Immigration Discrimination Settlement With Tennessee Trucking Companies – The Department of Justice has reached a $700,000 settlement with two long-haul transportation logistics and trucking companies headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The agreement ends the DOJ’s determination that the companies violated the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act by routinely discriminating against non-U.S. citizen workers when verifying their authorization to work in the states -United.

Global Entry Program Expands to PortMiami Seaport – Beginning December 1, 2023, PortMiami will be the first seaport to host a global enrollment center to help the traveling public complete new and renewal applications for the “Trusted Traveler” program.

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USCIS extends myProgress to Forms I-485 and I-821

On November 21, 2023, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it was expanding myProgress (formerly known as Custom Processing Times) to Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected StatusAnd Form I-485, Application for Registration of Permanent Residence or Adjustment of Status. myProgress will initially only be available for family or Afghan programs. special immigrant I-485 Applicants.

USCIS explained that myProgress “allows applicants to access, in their online account, personalized estimates of their wait time for major steps and actions in their case, including the final decision. Although estimates are based on case type and historical patterns, they are not a guarantee of timing and cannot take into consideration all possible unique claim processing factors. The steps include confirming receipt of the request, moving the request through the pre-processing and adjudication stages, and adjudicating the case.

In addition to Form I-485 and Form I-821, myProgress is available to applicants with a USCIS Online Account who deposits Form I-765, Application for Work Authorization; Form I-131, Request for Travel Document; Form N-400, Application for Naturalization; Form I-90, Application for Replacement of Permanent Resident Card; Or Form I-130, Petition for Alien Parent.

Candidates still have to visit the public Check file processing times webpage to determine if they are eligible to file a request for service outside of normal processing times, USCIS noted.

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Justice Department Reaches Settlement Agreement on Immigration Discrimination With Tennessee Trucking Companyies

On November 20, 2023, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it had entered into a $700,000 settlement with Covenant Transport Inc. and an affiliated entity, Transport Management Services LLC, two long-haul transportation and trucking logistics companies including headquarters is in Chattanooga, Tennessee. . The agreement ends the Department’s determination that the companies violated the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) by routinely discriminating against non-U.S. citizen workers when verifying their employment authorization. work in the United States.

The DOJ investigation found that from January 2020 to August 2022, Covenant and Transport routinely discriminated against non-U.S. citizens by requiring legal permanent residents to present their permanent resident card (green card) and by requiring other non-U.S. citizens to submit documentation related to their immigration status. The DOJ noted that federal law “allows all workers to choose which valid and legally acceptable documents to present to demonstrate their identity and authorization to work.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Covenant and Transport will pay $700,000 in U.S. civil penalties, train their employees on the INA’s anti-discrimination requirements, revise their employment policies and be subject to DOJ oversight.

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Global Entry Program Expands to PortMiami Seaport

Beginning December 1, 2023, PortMiami will be the first seaport to host a global enrollment center to help the traveling public complete new and renewal applications for the Trusted Traveler program.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the PortMiami Global Entry Enrollment Center will assist applicants in completing their application processing and conditionally approved in-person interviews as the final step in the application process. registration of members. Global Entry includes TSA PreCheck eligibility, which expedites screening at Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints at participating airports.

CBP Global Entry continues to expand to foreign partner countries.

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Company in the news

Cyrus Mehta was cited by Bloomberg Law’s Daily work report In Apple Hiring Bias Case Reveals Big Tech Foreign Workers’ Dilemma. He said it’s unclear how much attention the PERM process will receive beyond the two tech giants. He noted, however, that a recent legal victory Elon Musk’s SpaceX could pave the way for other companies to challenge Department of Justice (DOJ) investigations. “One wonders why Apple and Facebook got a settlement rather than contesting the lawsuit like SpaceX did,” Mr. Mehta said.

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