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[…]

USCIS Updates for 2020: Status of Processing Delays, New Forms for E-filing, Increased Fees

If we had to characterize the handling of standard immigration-related applications during the Trump administration, we would have to say that it has been a boondoggle of delays, increased fees, and general uncertainty. Some of this may be intentional, because a system of immigration that patrons cannot trust ultimately discourages participation. Here are the issues Read more about USCIS Updates for 2020: Status of Processing Delays, New Forms for E-filing, Increased Fees[…]

Presidential Candidate Immigration Proposal Update

Since we last discussed the 2020 presidential election, quite a few of the Democratic candidates (12 of 24) have dropped out of the race. This is probably a good thing, as it enables the electorate to focus on the candidates that actually have a chance to be elected. Here is an overview of the candidates Read more about Presidential Candidate Immigration Proposal Update[…]

What DACA Participants Should Do Now

The future of the DACA program has been uncertain even since the Trump administration attempted to rescind it on September 5th, 2017. At first, USCIS stopped accepting renewal applications, and many DACA participants were justifiably very worried about their future. Then, three separate federal courts issued orders in early 2018 for the program to continue Read more about What DACA Participants Should Do Now[…]

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[…]

FAQs for the Immigration Attorney: Our Answers

In our line of work, we answer a ton of immigration-related questions every month. Here are five questions we hear all the time, and their answers. What is conditional permanent residence? And how does it differ from legal permanent residence? Conditional residence mostly applies to marriage-based green cards. Because these marriages need to be tested Read more about FAQs for the Immigration Attorney: Our Answers[…]

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[…]