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Trump’s State of the Union Speech Reflects a Fundamental Misunderstanding of Immigration

Trump’s State of the Union Speech Reflects a Fundamental Misunderstanding of Immigration

Speaking before Congress and the nation Tuesday evening, President Trump once again promised bipartisanship and instead delivered division. When it came to immigration, the president neither offered an olive branch nor acknowledged the devastating effects of his administration’s actions to date. Rather than offer solutions to the actual problems facing immigrants across the country, his […]

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USCIS Processing Times Get Even Slower Under Trump

USCIS Processing Times Get Even Slower Under Trump

The Trump administration has slowed the processing of immigration benefit applications to a crawl, causing needless harm to immigrants, their families, and their employers. Under President Trump, the backlog of applications at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) doubled in the span of only one year. A recent analysis of USCIS data by the American […]

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USCIS Final Regulation Puts Registration On Hold, Changes Petition Selection Order

USCIS Final Regulation Puts Registration On Hold, Changes Petition Selection Order

On January 31, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a final regulation that changes the process U.S employers will have to follow in order to hire foreign workers under the “H-1B” program. The rule applies to H-1B petitions subject to the statutory “cap” of 65,000 H-1B workers per fiscal year. Employers will be required […]

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Businesses Are Fighting Back Against USCIS’ Restrictive View of H-1B ‘Specialty Occupation’

Businesses Are Fighting Back Against USCIS’ Restrictive View of H-1B ‘Specialty Occupation’

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is making it more difficult to hire temporary foreign workers in a “specialty occupation.” American businesses are fighting back in order to keep their talent in increasingly competitive tech and science fields. Since June 2017, at least 14 lawsuits have been filed in federal courts across the country, challenging […]

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With Comment Period Expired, Uncertainty Remains About H-1B Registration Process

With Comment Period Expired, Uncertainty Remains About H-1B Registration Process

January 2 marked the final day for comments on a proposed rule by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that would implement a new registration requirement for H-1B visas for well-educated foreign professionals. This proposal would require employers looking to hire H-1B workers to first register electronically with the agency during a specified registration period. […]

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Changes to USCIS Policy Will Directly Impact Vulnerable Immigrants

Changes to USCIS Policy Will Directly Impact Vulnerable Immigrants

The Trump administration’s move to deport more people from the United States has come into sharp focus again as it targets some of the most vulnerable immigrants with its Notice to Appear (NTA) policy. The new policy, announced in June 2018, had already dramatically altered the role of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) by […]

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USCIS Begins Implementing Plan to Issue More Deportation Notices

USCIS Begins Implementing Plan to Issue More Deportation Notices

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued guidance to its officers in June instructing them to initiate deportation proceedings for certain applicants who were denied immigration benefits. At the same time, the agency put the guidance on hold and solicited comments from the public. On Monday, the guidance went into full effect, putting thousands of […]

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This Citizenship Day Marred by Government’s Focus on Stripping People of Their Citizenship

This Citizenship Day Marred by Government’s Focus on Stripping People of Their Citizenship

Each year on September 17, America marks Citizenship Day, an annual opportunity to reflect on the benefits and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship. In years past, it was used as a day to celebrate new Americans and encourage others who are eligible to become U.S. citizens. However, this year is different, as the security associated with […]

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Government Emails Show Trump Was Determined to Terminate TPS Despite the Facts

Government Emails Show Trump Was Determined to Terminate TPS Despite the Facts

Over the past year, the Trump administration ended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for six countries, putting more than 300,000 mostly long-residing immigrants at risk of deportation. Newly released documents reveal that U.S. government officials determined to terminate TPS ignored evidence produced by their own agencies in a rush to end the program. Staff were ordered […]

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USCIS’ Wait Times for Citizenship Have Doubled

USCIS’ Wait Times for Citizenship Have Doubled

The average wait time on a U.S. citizenship application was about five months in 2014. Today, the average time a green card holder will wait for their citizenship application to be processed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is 10 months. With the increased wait time, the backlog of pending applications has also grown […]

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