DHS to Terminate TPS for Honduras Effective January 5, 2020

On May 4, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen M. Nielsen, determined that termination of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Honduras is required pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act. To allow for an orderly transition, she has determined to delay the effective date of […]

Insights from the ABA 47th Spring Conference

Gunster environmental law attorney Luna Phillips provides key takeaways from the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources’ 47th Spring Conference where she was tapped as a panelist for the session called “River of Grass: A Confluence of Law, Policy, and Environmental Science in the Everglades.”

USCIS completes H-1B cap lottery selection for 2019 fiscal year

On April 11, 2018, USCIS announced that it 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. The agency conducted the selection process for the advanced degree exemption first. All unselected advanced degree petitions then became part […]

“One Federal Decision” MOU streamlines environmental review for major infrastructure projects

Streamlining federal agency environmental reviews of major infrastructure projects took a significant step toward reality on Monday, April 9th. Gathered in the Oval Office, cabinet secretaries and  federal agency heads executed the “One Federal Decision” Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), establishing a consolidated agency review procedure for major infrastructure projects, per Executive Order 13807, effective April […]

H-1B immigration visa cap reached for 2019 fiscal year

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced today that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 as well as the cap of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of persons exempt from the regular cap under the advanced degree exemption, also known as the master’s cap, […]

USCIS temporarily suspends premium processing for 2019 fiscal year

On Monday, April 2, 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 cap. On March 20, 2018, USCIS announced that they will temporarily suspend premium processing for all FY 2019 cap-subject petitions, including petitions seeking an exemption for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree […]

Update on the 2018 Florida Constitutional Revision Commission

The unique process of Florida’s Constitutional Revision Commission (CRC) continues.  The CRC members began their work last year and formally convened a “CRC Session” in the Florida Senate Chamber on March 19th.  During that week, the 37 Commissioners presented, debated, and amended numerous proposals which were brought before the CRC either via an individual Commissioner […]

Re-registration period opens for Syrians with temporary protected status

On January 31, 2018, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced her determination that the conditions supporting Syria’s TPS designation continue. The secretary made her decision after reviewing country conditions and consulting with appropriate U.S. government agencies. Before the 18-month extension ends, the secretary will review conditions in Syria to determine whether its TPS […]

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