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Students and Exchange Visitors at Risk of Being Barred from U.S. Under New USCIS Policy

Written by on August 15, 2018 in Business & the Workforce, Economics with 0 Comments
Students and Exchange Visitors at Risk of Being Barred from U.S. Under New USCIS Policy

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a revised, final policy memorandum on August 9, 2018 that radically changes how the agency will determine when a foreign student or exchange visitor is “unlawfully present” in the United States. “Unlawful presence” is a legal term used to describe any time spent in the United States after […]

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How Long Does It Take USCIS to Issue a Green Card?

How Long Does It Take USCIS to Issue a Green Card?

How long does it take to process an application for permanent residence in the United States, or a “green card?” You might be surprised by how difficult it is to find a reliable answer to this common question. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)—the agency that adjudicates applications for permanent residence and other immigration benefits—provides […]

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USCIS Is Redefining Who Qualifies For Asylum in This New Guidance

USCIS Is Redefining Who Qualifies For Asylum in This New Guidance

In its latest attack on asylum seekers, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued new guidance to asylum officers that will make it much harder for victims of domestic violence and gang violence to obtain asylum. The guidance follows a strongly worded opinion known as “Matter of AB” issued by Attorney General Jeff Sessions last […]

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USCIS Is Slowly Being Morphed Into an Immigration Enforcement Agency

USCIS Is Slowly Being Morphed Into an Immigration Enforcement Agency

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued new guidance to initiate deportation proceedings for thousands of applicants denied for any immigration benefit. This policy change will have far-reaching implications for many of those interacting with the agency, but also signals a major shift in how USCIS operates. USCIS was never meant to be tasked with […]

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14,000 Become U.S. Citizens to Celebrate Fourth of July

14,000 Become U.S. Citizens to Celebrate Fourth of July

Coinciding with the Fourth of July each year, naturalization ceremonies turn immigrants into new American citizens. This Independence Day, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will welcome over 14,000 new citizens nationwide. These new citizens will be naturalized in approximately 175 ceremonies across the country—at a time when the U.S. government’s negative rhetoric towards immigrants, […]

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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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