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Updates from Customs & Border Protection (CBP): I-94 Numbers Will be Alphanumeric Starting May 2

Customs and Border Protection announced that as of May 2019, the 11-digit numerical format for I-94 numbers will be alphanumeric. CBP will have a completely new format with 9 digits, a letter in the 10th position and a digit in the 11th position. All unexpired I-94 records with the old numerical format will remain valid until the date that is listed on the paper I-94 record or on the online version found on the Customs and Border Protection I-94 website. Attorneys are instructed to inform their clients of the update to bypass any confusion. If you have any questions on the new format of the I-94 numbers, Attorney Nicholas J. Mireles, Esq. at Attorney@loonjm.com.

J-1 Visas and the Big Question: Does 212(e) or the 2-Year Home Residency Requirement Apply?

Section 212(e) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) states that J-1 exchange visitors must return to their country of citizenship or the last place they resided in at least two years prior to obtaining an H or L visa. This requirement will apply to individuals who are seeking permanent residency that are in an exchange program with medical training, funding from the government or their home country, or if the program is on the Skills list of their home country or last residence. The J-1 Skills List is a list of skills shortage fields separated by country. The Skills List determines if an J-1 exchange visitor is subject to the 2-year home residency requirement. Attorneys will use the

Revised USCIS Interview Waiver Guidance: Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence (10-

The new policy memorandum titled "Revised Interview Waiver Guidance for Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence” went into effect on December 10, 2018. This policy memorandum covers new conditions regarding the interview requirement for Form I-751 applying to all I-751 petitions that were submitted to USCIS on or after December 10, 2018. The new memorandum overrules the 2005 guidance where USCIS officers were previously informed to only schedule interviews for Form I-751 when there is lacking evidence of the bona fides of the marriage or not enough evidence for a waiver. Based on the new policy memorandum, a waiver may be provided to an applicant if all of the following condit

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