News Roundup for Week of September 23rd

Read our weekly roundup to learn about the latest news in immigration and business this week.

1. October 2019 Visa Bulletin released

The Department of State released the Visa Bulletin for October 2019. The Visa Bulletin details which and how many visas are available for the month of October.

You can find the Visa Bulletin at the Department of State’s website.

2. State Department announces DV-2021 Diversity Visa program registration period

On Wednesday, the State Department announced that the DV-2021 Program registration period begins on October 3rd, 2019 and ends November 5th, 2019.

You can learn more about the Diversity Visa Lottery, its procedures, and its requirements on the State Department website.

3. USCIS announces re-registration period for Syrian TPS recipients

On Monday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the re-registration period for individuals from Syria who have temporary protected status (TPS).

If Syrian TPS recipients wish to maintain their status through March 31st, 2021, they must re-register between September 23rd and November 22nd, 2019.

You can read the official announcement on the USCIS website.

4. DHS signs agreements with El Salvador and Honduras

This week, the Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Kevin McAleenan signed agreements with the governments of El Salvador and Honduras.

According to the announcement by DHS, the agreements are part of the Trump Administrations response to migration from Central and South America into the U.S. The Administration hopes the agreements will better help them implement and enforce President Trump’s immigration policy agenda.

Read the official announcement regarding the El Salvador agreement here and the Honduras agreement here.

5. Trump Administration cuts refugee cap for FY 2020

On Thursday, the State Department announced that the Trump Administration would be cutting the FY 2020 refugee cap to just 18,000. The cut brings down the previous cap of 30,000.

This will be the lowest refugee cap in the program’s history.

Read more at Law360, The New York Times, CNN, and NBC News.

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