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New USCIS Policy Places Certain Students and Exchange Visitors at Serious Risk of Being Barred from the United States

New USCIS Policy Places Certain Students and Exchange Visitors at Serious Risk of Being Barred from the United States

In another attempt to restrict legal immigration, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a policy change to the way foreign students and exchange visitors accrue unlawful presence—a legal term used to describe any time spent in the United States after a foreign national’s period of authorized stay has ended. Effective August 9, 2018, this […]

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Is USCIS Exceeding Its Authority as It Attempts to Restrict “Specialty Occupation” Workers?

Is USCIS Exceeding Its Authority as It Attempts to Restrict “Specialty Occupation” Workers?

As U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) begins adjudicating H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 “cap,”—the annual limit on the number of visas that will be made available for newly-hired foreign workers in “specialty occupations”—employers can expect attacks on this popular category to continue. Congress has defined a “specialty occupation” as requiring […]

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The March 5 DACA Deadline Is Here—What Does It Mean for Dreamers?

The March 5 DACA Deadline Is Here—What Does It Mean for Dreamers?

When President Trump terminated the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative last fall, he only allowed those whose DACA was due to expire before March 5 an opportunity to renew. March 5, 2018 then became the de facto deadline that the president and Congress said must be met to find a permanent solution for […]

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Removal of ‘Nation of Immigrants’ from USCIS Mission Ignores Agency’s Mandate and American History

Written by on February 26, 2018 in History of Immigration, Immigration 101 with 0 Comments
Removal of ‘Nation of Immigrants’ from USCIS Mission Ignores Agency’s Mandate and American History

Francis Cissna, Director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), unveiled a new mission statement for the agency last week, notably deleting the words “a nation of immigrants” as well as other key principles central to the agency’s work. Given the sweeping changes underway in the enforcement and adjudication of immigration laws, changing […]

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USCIS Changes to Asylum Interview Scheduling Allows Long-Pending Cases to Languish

USCIS Changes to Asylum Interview Scheduling Allows Long-Pending Cases to Languish

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) made abrupt and sweeping changes to how the agency will schedule interviews for affirmative asylum applications. Rather than interviewing those who have been waiting months or years for their interview, asylum offices will now prioritize brand new filings ahead of all others waiting in the queue. While scheduling asylum […]

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Lawsuit Asks Government to Stop Blocking Temporary Protected Status Holders from Applying for Green Cards

Lawsuit Asks Government to Stop Blocking Temporary Protected Status Holders from Applying for Green Cards

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is an important humanitarian protection for people who are in the United States when certain natural disasters or civil conflict strike their home countries, making it unsafe for them to return. Despite the fact that conditions in many of these countries have not improved since their nationals received TPS, the Trump […]

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USCIS Makes It Harder for Congress to Help Constituents with Immigration Cases

Written by on January 2, 2018 in Benefits & Relief with 0 Comments
USCIS Makes It Harder for Congress to Help Constituents with Immigration Cases

A critical service that members of Congress provide for their constituents is case assistance with the agencies that oversee federal programs like Social Security and immigration. Oftentimes, when constituents get stuck in backlogs or need help, a congressperson’s office can serve as a critical intermediary between an individual and an inefficient government agency.

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USCIS Will Now Consider the DACA Applications That Got Lost in the Mail

USCIS Will Now Consider the DACA Applications That Got Lost in the Mail

When a slowdown with the U.S. Postal Service caused over 100 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals renewal applications to arrive after the October 5 deadline, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services said there was nothing it could do—the rejection was final. But in a reversal announced on Wednesday night, USCIS will now allow applicants to […]

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USCIS Is Receiving a Record Number of Citizenship Applications

Written by on November 13, 2017 in Adjustment of Status with 2 Comments
USCIS Is Receiving a Record Number of Citizenship Applications

The average processing time for United States citizenship applications used to take five to seven months – already a lengthy timeline for immigrants waiting to get their citizenship vetted and approved. A spike in applications before and after the 2016 presidential election has caused that wait time to double. Yet, immigrants by and large are […]

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New USCIS Policy Creates Obstacles for Employers and Foreign Workers

Written by on October 26, 2017 in Business & the Workforce, Employment Based with 0 Comments
New USCIS Policy Creates Obstacles for Employers and Foreign Workers

In a major reversal of longstanding policy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has created new and unnecessary hurdles for employers and foreign employees temporarily working in the United States. In the past, USCIS followed a streamlined approach when employers filed petition extensions. Now, USCIS officers will be encouraged to redetermine every petition extension as […]

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