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News in Brief: Sunset of Four Immigration Programs Looms; Update on Refugees; New I-130 and I-130A

News in Brief

The following additional items may be of interest to our readers:

Sunset of Four Immigration Programs: Four immigration programs will collectively sunset (expire) on April 28, 2017 if the Continuing Resolution to fund the federal government is not renewed on time. The programs include E-verify, Special Immigrant Religious Workers, the EB-5 Investor Program, and Conrad-30 Waivers for physicians.

Update on Refugees: Since President Trump’s inauguration, the United States has admitted 9,268 refugees, including 3,138 from the countries identified in the travel ban. Last year during the same period, the U.S. admitted 13,327 refugees.

New I-130 and I-130A: Beginning April 28, USCIS will only accept the 2/27/2017 edition of Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative. The new form incorporates much of the information required of a spouse-petitioner and normally included on Form G-325A in the context of a marriage-based case. For marriage cases, a new Form I-130A (Supplemental Information for Spouse and Beneficiary), will be required.