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Tag Archives: applying for immigration

Informative!! The Stories ICE Didn’t Want You to See

Posted by Katy Murdza of the American Immigration Council | Aug 17, 2020 Immigration Nation, a six-episode docuseries that provides a rare view of the internal workings of immigration enforcement—and its impact on individuals and families—began streaming on Netflix in August. The series provides a unique, up-close look at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) operations in communities […]

USCIS Explains New Delay in Issuing Physical Green Cards

On July 21, 2020, the USCIS Ombudsman issued a letter explaining why permanent residents will experience delay in receiving their physical Permanent Resident Cards (green cards). A green card is evidence of permanent residence, not the actual status. The letter is reproduced in full below. Dear Stakeholder: In June 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services […]

UPDATE – Trump Proclamations Halting or Delaying Immigration

July 22, 2020 On July 22, 2020, the Department of State (DOS) further explained the “national interest” exceptions to the current policy of nonissuance of H-1B, L-1, J and Immigrant Visas: For H-1Bs, exceptions are available in these situations: For travel as a public health or healthcare professional, or researcher to alleviate the effects of the […]

USCIS Preparing to Resume Public Services on June 4th

USCIS announced that, as of June 4th, 2020, it will reopen and resume nonemergency public services. On March 18, USCIS had temporarily suspended routine in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices and application support centersto help slow the spread of COVID-19. The USCIS website lists full information about the resumption of interviews, naturalization oath ceremonies and biometrics […]

Presidential Proclamations Suspending Travel Due To COVID-19

Practice Alert: Presidential Proclamations Suspending Entry Due to 2019 Novel Coronavirus Information published by the American Immigration Lawyers Association on March 12, 2020, as AILA Doc. No. 20031235. President Trump has issued three proclamations in recent weeks suspending the entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of individuals who were physically present within […]

USCIS Finalizes Changes to “Public Charge” Rule – USCIS FACT SHEET

Here is the USCIS web page on the “public charge” issue. ALERT: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will implement the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule on Feb. 24, 2020, except in Illinois, where the rule remains enjoined by a federal court as of Jan. 30, 2020. The final rule will apply only to […]

Government Expands Social Media Monitoring of Immigration Applicants

The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law issued an investigative report detailing the extent of the greatly increased monitoring of social media by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Monitoring social media sites by DHS is not new; the department has been using the technique for over ten years. As […]

USCIS Will No Longer Premium Process H-4s and L-2s filed with H-1B and L-1 Petitions

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) reports that USCIS will no longer continue its “courtesy practice” of providing premium processing service to H-4 and L-2 applications (Form I-539) filed concurrently with H-1B and L-1 petitions (Form I-129). Rather, USCIS will separate an I-539 application from the I-129 petition and follow the regular I-539 processing time, […]

Update: New Rule for H-1B Visas Goes into Effect

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published its final rule, amending the process for selecting foreign nationals to receive cap-subject H-1B visas. The H-1B visa program allows companies to hire, for a three-year term (renewable once), foreign workers who have a bachelor degree or higher and have highly specialized knowledge in specialty occupations such as […]

Refugee Wars

I drove along I-35 South from San Antonio to Dilley, TX, to spend a week with 30 other volunteers, advising intending refugees from Central America how to navigate the U.S. asylum system. We were headed to the South Texas Family Residential Center (STFRC), the largest immigrant detention center in the United States. Over the next […]

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