A California federal judge on Tuesday 9/29/2020 barred the federal government from raising immigration application fees days before the changes were set to take effect, finding that acting Homeland Security chief Chad Wolf was likely improperly appointed.
In June 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reduced its capacity to print secure documents, such as Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) Cards and Employment Authorization Documents, after it ended a contract with an outside company responsible for printing these cards. According to USCIS, it intended to hire federal employees to replace the contractors; however, […]
Today – The US Supreme Court blocked President Trumps attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. So, we continue to renew DACA as needed.
Also NEW first-time DACA applications can also be submitted (limited time and restrictions)
I am so happy for all of us. This is great news for many DACA and immigrants. […]
On May 19, the Trump administration finalized a rule that allows it to extend restrictions at the border indefinitely. The rule amends an existing rule that allows borders to be closed for health reasons. The new version of the rule bans the “introduction of certain aliens” until the CDC concludes that the coronavirus no longer […]
Flexibility for Visa Waiver Entrants. Visa Waiver Program (VWP) entrants are not eligible to extend their stay or change status. However, under current regulations, if an emergency (such as COVID-19) prevents the departure of a VWP entrant, USCIS in its discretion may grant a period of satisfactory departure for up to 30 days. Please see 8 CFR […]
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it is adopting a measure to assist applicants and petitioners who are responding to requests for evidence (RFEs) and notices of intent to deny (NOIDs) dated between March 1 and May 1, 2020.
For applicants and petitioners who receive an RFE or NOID dated between March 1 and May 1, 2020, any responses submitted within 60 calendar days after the response deadline set forth […]
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services officially announced today that due to the ongoing COVID-19 National Emergency, the office will accept all benefit forms and documents (including the Form I-129) with reproduced original signatures. This will only apply to submissions dated March 21, 2020 and onward.
A reproduced signature means that a document may be “photocopied, or […]
The U.S. is preparing to impose restrictions that will make it more difficult for pregnant women to travel to the U.S. on tourist visas. Though consular officers cannot ask whether a woman is or plans to become pregnant, applicants will be denied if consular officers determine they are traveling to the U.S. primarily to give birth. […]
ICE has sent letters to certain DACA recipients saying it will file to administratively reopen closed deportation cases against them. Many of these deportation cases were closed nearly a decade ago, and are against DACA recipients with little or no criminal record. If are a DACA recipient or your case is reopened, we might be […]
USCIS Expands Guidance Related to Naturalization Citizenship Requirement of Good Moral Character (GMC)
Under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), an applicant for naturalization must establish GMC. Although the INA does not directly define GMC, it does describe certain acts that bar establishing GMC of an applicant. Examples of unlawful acts recognized by case law as barring GMC include, but are not limited to, the following: