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$2,000 an hour for a bankruptcy lawyer? 2022 could be the year

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US to allow waiving of in-person interviews for H-1B visa applicants through 2022

The United States will allow its consular officers to waive in-person interviews for H-1B and other certain non-immigrant visa applicants through next year to help reduce visa wait times."The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in profound reductions in the department’s visa processing capacity,"....Read More

Biden’s H-1B Conundrum

Salil Choudhary’s American dream started in India. Choudhary completed his degree at Punjab Engineering College in Chandigarh in the mid-1990s, when political and business leaders were consumed with the pending threat of Y2K. Demand for software programmers who could prevent a worldwide systems meltdown was exploding, but America wasn’t producing enough engineers to meet the need........Read More

USCIS Temporarily Waiving 60-Day Rule for Civil Surgeon Signatures

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is temporarily waiving the requirement that the civil surgeon sign Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, no more than 60 days before an applicant files an application for the underlying immigration benefit (including Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status), until Sept. 30, 2022. .......Read More

Immigration to UK slumped in 2020 due to COVID and Brexit

Net immigration to Britain fell by almost 90% last year to its lowest level since 1993 due to the impact of COVID-19 and Brexit, official figures showed on Thursday. The Office for National Statistics released a first provisional estimate showing that 34,000 more people moved to Britain last year than emigrated,.....Read More

USCIS Expands Credit Card Payment Pilot Program to Vermont Service Center

As part of our credit card payment pilot program, the Vermont Service Center is now accepting credit card payments using Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions, for petitioners filing Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, for O and P nonimmigrants....Read More

USCIS Awards FY 2021 Citizenship and Integration Grants

On Sept. 20, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced the award of $10 million in grants to 40 organizations that prepare lawful permanent residents (LPRs) for naturalization. The grants also aim to promote prospective citizens’ integration into American civic life by funding educational programs designed to increase their knowledge of English, U.S. history and civics.........Read More

DHS Seeks Public Comment on Public Charge Rulemaking

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is seeking data and information from the public that DHS intends to use to develop a public charge regulatory proposal. The purpose of public comment is to ensure that the proposal is fair, consistent with law, and informed by relevant data and evidence. Public comment also will help DHS ensure that the proposed regulation does not impose undue burdens......Read More

DHS Announces Extension and Redesignation of Somalia for Temporary Protected Status

The Department of Homeland Security today published a Federal Register notice (FRN) extending and redesignating Somalia for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, from Sept. 18, 2021, through March 17, 2023.  Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas made the decision to extend and redesignate Somalia for TPS after consultation .....Read More

USCIS Updates Policies to Improve Immigration Services

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued new policy updates in the USCIS Policy Manual to clarify the criteria and circumstances for expedited processing; improve request for evidence (RFE) and notice of intent to deny (NOID) guidance; and increase the validity period for initial and renewal employment authorization documents (EADs) for certain noncitizens with pending adjustment of status applications.....Read More

USCIS Issues Policy Guidance on Deference to Previous Decisions

USCIS is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual instructing officers to give deference to prior determinations when adjudicating extension requests involving the same parties and facts unless there was a material error, material change, or new material facts. With this update, USCIS is reverting in substance to prior long-standing guidance issued in 2004, which directed officers to generally.......Read More

How Trump administration left indelible mark on U.S. immigration courts

On a rainy September day in 2018, Jeff Sessions, then U.S. attorney general, addressed one of the largest classes of newly hired immigration judges in American history. “The vast majority of asylum claims are not valid,” he said during a swearing-in ceremony in Falls Church, Virginia, according to his prepared remarks........Read More

USCIS Reaches Fiscal Year 2021 H-1B Cap

USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions needed to reach the congressionally mandated 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap and the 20,000 H-1B visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap, for fiscal year (FY) 2021. We have completed sending non-selection notifications to registrants’ online accounts........Read More

USCIS Suspending In-Person Services Jan. 19 and 20

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced it will temporarily suspend in-person services at all field offices, asylum offices and application support centers on Jan. 19 and 20 to ensure the safety of our employees and individuals with appointments.......Read More

USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is extending the flexibilities it announced on March 30, 2020, to assist applicants, petitioners, and requestors who are responding to certain.........Read More

President-Elect Joe Biden’s Plans for US Immigration

The results are in! As of Saturday, November 7, we know that former Vice President Joe Biden will now be America’s next President and will be inaugurated in January 2021! These are the results many have been waiting for and are now wondering what this means for US immigration moving forward........Read More

US immigrants create more jobs than Americans, study shows

Immigrants moving from one Country to another are more likely to be entrepreneurial.  To start a business is difficult and risky.  It means a lot of hard work.  Long, long hours.  Perhaps no holiday.  Most people would like the relatively more comfortable existence of working.....Read More

US Citizenship and Immigration Services staff face furlough

We are still waiting to hear if there will be a temporary non-immigrant worker visa ban for certain US visa categories.  The current coronavirus COVID-19 situation may be used as an excuse for what in reality, if it happens, will be some sort of partial work visa suspension.....Read More

Canada-Peel Police issued hundreds of tickets on street racing
(Mostly Students involved, according to Toronto NRI Media)

Peel Regional Police stopped hundreds of cars in a Mississauga shopping mall parking lot and issued hundreds of tickets on May 22, Friday night as part of a crackdown on large gatherings in parking lots, some of which are believed to be related to illegal street racing.....Read More

Food banks struggle to keep pace with immigrant communities hit hard by pandemic

As the coronavirus pandemic has hit – and large swathes of the US economy have shut down – food banks across the US have seen a huge rise in demand. But as food supplies dwindle, many in Texas are being turned away and experts.....Read More

President Trump Suspended Immigration to U.S for 60 days

President Trump on Wednesday said he would sign an executive order limiting immigration into the country, as he hailed what he said was a “very tight” security situation at the southern border.....Read More

APPEALS COURT LIFTS SOME RULINGS BLOCKING TRUMP ‘PUBLIC CHARGE’ RULE FOR IMMIGRANTS

A divided federal appeals court has lifted several injunctions blocking the Trump administration from implementing a rule aimed at limiting immigration benefits for individuals who participate in government programs such as food stamps or Medicaid.....Read More

THE YEAR TRUMP “EFFECTIVELY” SHUT OFF ASYLUM AT THE BORDER AND RESTRICTED IMMIGRATION

Lee Gelernt has spent much of 2019 crisscrossing federal courts across the country trying to halt some of the Trump administration's most controversial immigration policies.....Read More

PRIVATE BORDER WALL CONSTRUCTION CONTINUES DESPITE COURT ORDER

The construction of a private border wall partially funded by rightwing allies of Donald Trump continued with vigor in south Texas this week, seemingly in blatant violation of a court injunction ordering work to be suspended.......Read More

THIS IS WHERE MY EVERYTHING IS’: US CITIZEN SUDDENLY FACES DEPORTATION

A New Yorker who gained US citizenship as a child is suddenly facing deportation, along with several green card-holding members of his family, after apparent targeting by the Trump administration in what the family believes is a clear case of anti-Muslim bias......Read More

DREAMERS PREPARE FOR FIGHT AS DACA DECISION HEADS TO SUPREME COURT

When Antonio Alarcón stood on the steps of the US supreme court for a group photo with the other plaintiffs suing Donald Trump in one of the biggest immigration lawsuits of his presidency, he was flooded with memories from his US history textbooks and.....Read More

EXCLUSIVE: TEXAS IMMIGRATION CENTER GUARD ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING BOY, FIVE

A private prison guard physically assaulted a five-year-old boy at an immigration detention center in Texas, according to a complaint filed with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).....Read More

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO CLOSE ‘PRISON-LIKE’ FACILITY FOR MIGRANT CHILDREN

The Trump administration has announced it is shutting down one of the largest US facilities for child migrants, which had come under intense criticism because of its regimented conditions and the contractor’s ties to a freshly departed White House official.....Read More

WHERE IN THE U.S. ARE IMMIGRANTS MOST LIKELY TO BE CAUGHT BY ICE?

Immigrants in Dallas and North Texas are more likely to be arrested by federal immigration officials than any other region of the U.S. In fiscal year 2015, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, arrested about 8,000 immigrants in the sprawling region, which.....Read More

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