December 2021 Newsletter

Happy Holidays!

I would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season, and a blessed new year. In 2021, we’ve seen some progress happen under the new administration. Let us hope that 2022 means fewer quarantines, and more positive changes in immigration policy!

Read the latest news below.

Build Back Better Bill Update

Everyone is keeping an eye on the progress of the Build Back Better bill this month. The bill passed the House of Representatives last month and is now in the Senate. As we discussed last month, the bill does include some immigration reform, including $100 billion of funding for immigration services. These immigration reforms will almost certainly be discussed, and possibly amended in the Senate.

Application Fees Refund to be Issued for U Visa Petitioners

Finally, a note to U-visa applicants: USCIS mistakenly rejected certain applications for employment authorization (Form I-765) that were filed without a fee (or request for fee waiver) from June 14 through Sept. 29, 2021. USCIS also mistakenly accepted fees where unnecessary fees were submitted with Form I-765.

USCIS is promising to correct errors and issue refunds by March 22, 2022. If you believe you may have been affected, contact your attorney.

As always, stay tuned to our blog and newsletter for the latest news and analysis of immigration policy!