IMMIGRATION

ALERTS

USCIS FEE INCREASES ON HOLD, TEMPORARILY

September 29, 2020. A federal judge in the Northern District of California issued an order that temporarily prohibits USCIS from implementing fee increases that were to go into effect on October 2. The judge found that the plaintiffs were likely to prove that the Acting Secretaries of Homeland Security and USCIS did not have the lawful authority to issue the rule to raise fees, and that the rule failed to meet data requirements under the Administrative Procedures Act. It is difficult to predict how long this order will remain in effect. Please consult with your attorney for up to date information about how these rules apply to your situation. 

APPELLATE COURT ALLOWS PUBLIC CHARGE RULE ACROSS THE UNITED STATES

September 12, 2020. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the order that temporarily prohibited USCIS from implementing the new public charge rule in CT, NY, and VT. This means that once again, USCIS can apply the new public charge rule nationwide. Please consult with your attorney for up to date information about how the rules apply to your situation. 

USCIS EXTENDS  SUSPENSION OF IN-PERSON SERVICES THROUGH JUNE 4, 2020

April 24, 2020. USCIS extended the suspension of in-person services including biometrics appointments, interviews, and naturalization ceremonies until at least June 4. USCIS will reschedule appointments and continues work that does not involve contact with the public.

PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION SUSPENDS ENTRY OF IMMIGRANTS FOR 60 DAYS

April 23, 2020. The proclamation went into effect at 11:59 pm (ET) on April 23, 2020 and may be extended. Certain individuals are exempt from the ban including: lawful permanent residents (green card holders); certain health care workers and their family members; spouses and children of U.S. citizens; and others. The ban does not currently apply to nonimmigrant visa holders or asylum seekers. For more information, see this fact sheet.

USCIS OFFICES TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

April 3, 2020. USCIS suspended in-person services including biometrics appointments, interviews, and naturalization ceremonies until at least May 3. USCIS will reschedule appointments and continues work that does not involve contact with the public.

WHAT IF I HAD TO COMPLETE FORM I-944 FOR MYSELF?

Read Kara Hart's blog post on the American Immigration Lawyer's Association (AILA) Think Immigration blog.

February 27, 2020. Form I-944, Declaration of Self-Sufficiency? More Like an Administrative Strip Search.

THE NEW PUBLIC CHARGE RULE IS IN EFFECT

February 25, 2020. The new Public Charge Rule is in effect. Does the rule apply to you? What benefits are a problem under the new Public Charge rule? Learn more here.

APPELLATE COURT STOPS NEW PUBLIC CHARGE RULE IN CONNECTICUT, NEW YORK, AND VERMONT

August 18, 2020. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld two rulings that barred USCIS from implementing the new public charge rule in CT, NY, and VT. In one case the Court found that the public charge rule may exacerbate the COVID-19 health crisis by deterring individuals from seeking health care. In another case, the Court held that the new public charge rule is likely contrary to the laws passes by Congress and is arbitrary and capricious. 

DACA PROGRAM SURVIVES U.S. SUPREME COURT REVIEW

June 18, 2020. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Trump Administration cannot end the DACA program as proposed. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals [DACA] provides temporary relief from deportation to certain individuals allowing them to live and work in the United States.

USCIS TO RESUME LIMITED IN-PERSON SERVICES ON 
JUNE 4, 2020

May 29, 2020. USCIS will begin to schedule certain in-person services beginning on June 4, 2020. Application support centers that conduct biometrics appointments will NOT open until a later date. USCIS has announced that it will take several precautions against the spread of COVID-19 as it reopens to the public.

USCIS TO RAISE FILING FEES ON OCTOBER 2, 2020

August 18, 2020. USCIS recently announced significant increases in filing fees, effective on October 2, 2020. Among other changes, the filing fee for an N-400 Application for Naturalization will increase from $640 to $1,170. USCIS will also require separate fees for work permits and travel documents when filed with an I-485 Application to Adjust Status raising the total cost from $1,140 to $2,270. 

SUPREME COURT ALLOWS ENFORCEMENT OF NEW GREEN CARD RULE

January 27, 2020.  Supreme Court lets immigration officials enforce new “Public Charge” rule which dramatically expands the definition of who is considered too poor to qualify for a green card. 

NEW PUBLIC CHARGE RULE TO TAKE EFFECT
FEBRUARY 24, 2020

February 5, 2020. USCIS will require new forms and evidence for the heightened public charge requirements. Any application filed as of February 24 must meet the new standard.

USCIS Fee Increase Proposed Rule Could Represent the Latest Step in Reshaping Immigration to United States 

December 2019.  Immigration officials propose massive increases in filing fees for green cards, naturalization, and other applications.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ROLLS OUT NEW RULE TO LIMIT 'BIRTH TOURISM' 

January 23, 2020.  New rule will deny tourist visas to any woman traveling to the US to give birth so that her baby can obtain US citizenship. Rule applies only at time of visa application.

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