On November 3rd. 2020 we informed you that there was a News Update that The government CANNOT apply the new public charge rules anywhere in the United States or abroad because on November 2, 2020, a federal district court vacated the new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) public charge rule. This meant that as of [...]
What is the public charge? “Public charge” is a ground of inadmissibility. Grounds of inadmissibility are reasons that a person could be denied a green card, visa, or admission into the United States. In deciding whether to grant some applicants a green card or a visa, an immigration officer must decide whether that person is [...]
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced it will increase fees for premium processing, effective Oct. 19, as required by the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act, Pub. L. No. 116-159, signed into law on Oct. 1. The USCIS premium processing service allows petitioners to pay an additional filing fee to expedite the adjudication of [...]
Judge Issues Two Nationwide Injunctions Blocking “Public Charge” Immigration Rules Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
A Manhattan federal court issued two nationwide injunctions temporarily blocking the Trump administration’s “public charge” rules. An injunction issued against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) prevents DHS from enforcing, applying, implementing, or treating as effective the “public charge” rule for any period during which there is a declared national health emergency in response [...]
The Cost of Adjusting Your U.S. Immigration Status Will Increase Drastically, And Asylum is No Longer Free.
The Trump administration announced on Friday an excessive increase in fees for some of the most common immigration procedures, including an 81% increase in the cost of U.S. citizenship for naturalization. It will also now charge asylum-seekers, which is an unprecedented move. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published on Friday a final rule in [...]
A judge ordered the US to accept new DACA applications. It is still unclear if the Trump administration will.
On June 18, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with DACA recipients ruling that how the Trump administration rescinded the DACA program in 2017 was unlawful. The decision is a massive victory for immigrant communities and their allies who mobilized to protect the DACA program. Although the Court sided with DACA recipients, it is essential [...]
For three years, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) — the federal agency that processes visas, work permits and naturalizations — has lectured immigrants about how they should become more self-sufficient. It has alleged, without evidence, that too many immigrants are on the dole. (Actually, immigrants pay more in taxes than they receive in federal benefits, and [...]
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration is resuming premium processing for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, in phases over the next month. Effective June 1, 2020, USCIS will accept Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service for all eligible Form I-140 petitions. Effective June 8, USCIS will accept premium processing requests for: H-1B petitions filed before June 8 that are pending adjudication and are cap-exempt (for example, petitions [...]
CHICAGO (CN) — A Seventh Circuit panel Wednesday upheld a decision blocking enforcement in Illinois of a Trump administration policy that adds barriers for immigrants seeking green cards if they rely on public benefits, food stamps or housing vouchers. The 2–1 decision from the appeals court temporarily bars the federal government from enforcing a rule that altered [...]
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is preparing some domestic offices to reopen and resume non-emergency public services on or after June 4. On March 18, USCIS temporarily suspended routine in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices and application support centers (ASCs) to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). USCIS is following the Centers [...]