September 19th, 2019
USCIS publishes new public charge rule that will likely have a negative effect on green card applicants.
This week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule that redefines the public charge grounds for inadmissibility. The term “public charge” is used to describe individuals applying for admission to the U.S. or adjustment […]Continue Reading →
After the devastating typhoon that hit the Philippines on November 8th of last year, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) pressed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to consider granting Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to impacted Filipinos. In a letter responding to that request, Director Alejandro Mayorkas states that USCIS will “continue to monitor […]Continue Reading →
The USCIS website has been redesigned and was launched today in both English and Spanish. Director Alejandro Mayorkas describes the updates as part of USCIS’ “ongoing commitment to improving the quality of service we provide,” and adds that the agency gathered user feedback as part of their efforts to make the site more […]Continue Reading →
The shutdown of the federal government does affect applying for certain immigration visas. Fortunately, many services provided by USCIS, including processing of various petitions or applications for immigration benefits, will continue as they are fee-based. Therefore, applying to USCIS for non-immigrant petitions or permanent residence will continue at this time. USCIS offices are also open […]Continue Reading →