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Latest USCIS Procedural Changes Add Delays and Uncertainty to Green Card Application Filing

November 30, 2015

Jamie M. Dietz Jamie M. Dietz
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has again revised its procedures for determining whether foreign national applicants waiting to file their employment-based or family-sponsored preference adjustment of status applications may proceed onto the last stage of the permanent residence (green card) process. This latest course correction reveals that USCIS is not fully aligned with the U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) recently reformatted Visa Bulletin. USCIS’s latest revisions to its procedures—announced on October 14, 2015—will result in delays for foreign nationals hoping to file their applications for adjustment of status. For some, the delays will only be for up to a week. Others, however, may again find themselves subject to longer delays associated with visa backlogs.

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Supreme Court Forges New “Significant Burden” Interpretation of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act

3/25/2015 12:00:00 AM

On March 25, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States settled a controversy surrounding an employer’s policy that provided light-duty work for certain employees (including some disabled employees) but not for pregnant workers. The case was brought by a worker who tried to show—through indirect evidence—that the policy resulted in the disparate treatment of pregnant workers.