March 27th, 2019
In an official Policy Memorandum issued on Friday, USCIS announced that the agency will be changing its longstanding policy on issuing denials without first requesting additional evidence to demonstrate eligibility for the immigration benefit being sought.
Since 2013, USCIS has instructed its adjudicators to issue a Request for Evidence (RFE) or a Notice of […]Continue Reading →
Immigrants seeking admission to the U.S. will now face new challenges, as the Trump administration has proposed new guidelines in determining whether a visa applicant is likely to become a “public charge.” Under current guidance from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of State, a public charge refers to a person who […]Continue Reading →
The use of administrative closure has come to a halt after the decision rendered by Attorney General Jefferson Sessions in the Matter of Castro-Tum, 27 I&N Dec. 271 (A.G. 2018), which holds that, in most cases, immigration judges do not have the authority to indefinitely suspend immigration proceedings by administrative closure.
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A judge for the Federal District of D.C. ruled Tuesday that the administration improperly terminated the DACA program, and the Department of Homeland Security must therefore accept new DACA applications. Under previous court orders, DHS was only required to accept DACA renewal applications, leaving out those who were eligible but had never received DACA.
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Our firm has recently received reports of individuals with pending One-Step Adjustment of Status applications receiving phone calls from someone claiming to be from the Denver Sheriff’s Office. The person on the phone is reported to allege that the individual missed an immigration-related court date and must report to the sheriff’s office.
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USCIS announced on Saturday that it will resume accepting DACA renewal applications. The announcement comes in response to an injunction issued last week by a federal district court in San Francisco, which ordered DHS to continue accepting renewal applications while a lawsuit against the decision to end DACA moves forward. Because the injunction is […]Continue Reading →
The Department of Homeland Security announced on Monday that it is ending the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for over 200,000 Salvadorans who have lived and worked lawfully in the US for the past 17 years. The termination of TPS, however, will be delayed until September 9, 2019, in order allow individuals time to […]Continue Reading →
The Department of Homeland Security is reported to be considering changes to regulations that currently allow certain individuals in H-1B status to extend their status beyond the 6-year limit. The changes being considered would impact individuals who have an approved I-140, but are not yet able to apply for permanent residence (green card) due […]Continue Reading →
A panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday granted a preliminary stay of the lower court’s injunction, which had prevented the administration from enforcing the latest version of President Trump’s travel ban. The current version of the travel ban applies to nationals from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, and Somalia.
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USCIS reports that employers are being targeted in an email scam requesting employers to submit I-9 information. The emails are reportedly sent from a fraudulent email, firstname.lastname@example.org, and contain USCIS labels, employer addresses, and links to websites that appear government related. If you receive an email purporting to be from USCIS and requesting I-9 […]Continue Reading →