COVID-19 and Immigration Applications Update

As expected, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused some serious disruptions to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) operations and the processing of immigration-related applications this year. Offices Reopening USCIS temporarily closed many of its offices on March 18th due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As of June 4th, many USCIS field offices and asylum offices Read more about COVID-19 and Immigration Applications Update[…]

USCIS Updates Policy on False Claims of U.S. Citizenship

The Trump administration and USCIS are becoming more strict about people falsely claiming they are United States citizens. As of April 24, 2020, the USCIS policy manual was updated to reflect how these cases should be treated going forward. Here is what you need to know. According to the USCIS announcement: “Under the law, an Read more about USCIS Updates Policy on False Claims of U.S. Citizenship[…]

How COVID-19 is Impacting Immigration Policy

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we are seeing a number of long-term implications for immigration policy. Here are some emerging issues you should be aware of. One of the biggest developments was the President’s proclamation from April, which effectively suspended immigration for many classes of applicants, citing the need to protect American jobs. We wrote Read more about How COVID-19 is Impacting Immigration Policy[…]

The President Just Suspended Legal Immigration to the United States: What You Need to Know

As you may have heard in the news, a couple of weeks ago President Trump made a declaration suspending many channels of legal immigration into the United States, effective as of April 23rd. It expires after 60 days, but “can be continued as necessary”. The President is unjustifiably using the pandemic as an excuse to Read more about The President Just Suspended Legal Immigration to the United States: What You Need to Know[…]

The Public Charge Rule Is Now In Effect: How Applicants Can Prepare

We have talked at length about the new public charge rule  implemented by the Trump administration to put tighter restrictions on who is eligible for permanent residence. As of February this year, despite a number of legal challenges, the rule is now fully in effect.  Definitions in the Final Rule The final rule defines “public Read more about The Public Charge Rule Is Now In Effect: How Applicants Can Prepare[…]

2019: Immigration Policy in Review & Our Hopes for 2020

As with the previous two years of the Trump administration, 2019 was a tough year for immigration advocates. Between news of ICE raids across major United States cities, deplorable conditions at detention facilities on the border, and a number of large-scale policy battles, immigrants in this country could really use a break. This year saw Read more about 2019: Immigration Policy in Review & Our Hopes for 2020[…]

Updates to the U.S. Naturalization Test for 2020: What Applicants Can Expect

For many permanent residents, the test for United States citizenship is one of the culminations of their life’s work. The test very rarely changes, and has been the same for the past decade. Last year,  USCIS naturalized over 750,000 people, the highest number in five years, with an overall pass rate of 90% for the Read more about Updates to the U.S. Naturalization Test for 2020: What Applicants Can Expect[…]

Recent Updates to the U-Visa Qualification Process

The U-Visa program is one of the greatest achievements of our immigration program. It helps to protect those who have been victims of crimes, while also helping police effectively prosecute these crimes with the help of a committed witness. Technically, U-visas are for victims of certain crimes who “have suffered mental or physical abuse and Read more about Recent Updates to the U-Visa Qualification Process[…]