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News In Brief: December 21 is Deadline to Register for Nepal TPS New E-Verify Toolkit; January Visa Bulletin; Adoptive Family Relief Act; State Department to Discontinue Addition of Passport Pages

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

December 21 is Deadline to Register for Nepal TPS: The deadline for eligible nationals of Nepal (and people without nationality who last habitually resided in Nepal) to register for temporary protected status (TPS) is Monday, 12/21/15.

New E-Verify Toolkit: USCIS released a revised E-Verify Employee Rights Toolkit, which should be useful for workers, job seekers, employers, and workforce employers. The toolkit is designed to help employees learn about their Form I-9 and E-Verify rights, assist employers with “onboarding,” and provide tools to workforce organizations.

January Visa Bulletin: USCIS has determined that for family-sponsored filings, the Dates for Filing Visa Applications chart for January 2016 may be used. The agency has determined, however, that for employment-based filings, the Application Final Action Dates must be used.

Adoptive Family Relief Act: On October 16, President Obama signed into law the Adoptive Family Relief Act, which amends the immigration law and declares that if an immigrant visa was issued on or after 3/27/13 and is related to a renewal or replacement of an adoption visa, the new visa fees may be waived or refunded under certain circumstances.

State Department to Discontinue Addition of Passport Pages: Beginning 1/1/16, DOS will no longer add visa pages into U.S. passports. Applicants in need of additional pages in their valid passports will be required to obtain a new passport.