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Welcome back to our weekly immigration news segment Immigration Revelation! This week in U.S. Immigration News, the White House announces a Travel Ban on foreign nationals from entering the United States who have travelled to China within 14 days of their proposed entry to the U.S., and the Department of Homeland Security announces a suspension of Global Entry Enrollment in New York in a row over federal immigration enforcement. Coronavirus Travel Ban In a Proclamation
On December 23, 2019, the State Department – without notice and effective immediately – drastically raised the prices of U.S. visas for Australian nationals. Practically overnight, some visa fees went up over 3,000%. Visa reciprocity fees are paid for by all visa applications, including family members of the main visa holder. The State Department bases its visa fees and visa duration on “reciprocity.” This means that U.S. visa costs and duration are based on what…
Welcome back to our weekly immigration news segment! This week in U.S. immigration news, the Supreme Court of the United States greenlights the Trump Administration’s change to the “Public Charge” rule. “Public Charge” or “Wealth Test”? This week, the Supreme Court of the United States, in a 5-4 vote split along ideological lines, issued an order lifting a nationwide injunction against the Trump Administration’s controversial change to the interpretation of the Public Charge rule. The…
Welcome to our new weekly immigration news segment! This week in U.S. immigration news the Trump Administration has introduced a ban for Iranian nationals obtaining E visas, and also sought to tackle ‘Birthright Citizenship’ by restricting access to B visas for pregnant women. Trump Administration Announces Iranian E-1 & E-2 Ban The USCIS announced on Wednesday January 22nd, 2020, that due to the U.S. termination of the 1955 Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations, and Consular…
On December 6th, 2019, USCIS announced the launch of a new electronic registration process, a new requirement for H-1B applicants in the upcoming H-1B cap lottery. Employers hoping to sponsor H-1B applications for skilled and educated foreign nationals will have to pay a $10 registration fee for each application in order to file H-1B cap-subject petitions for the FY 2021 cap. The initial electronic registration period will run from March 1, 2020, through March…
On November 9th, the Trump Administration proposed a new administrative rule that, if enacted, would dramatically increase government filing fees for several immigration forms/cases. Under this rule, citizenship (“naturalization”) filing fees would increase 61%, from the current fee of $725 to the proposed fee of $1,170. This new rule would also eliminate fee waivers for low-income applicants. This proposed rule was in the public comment period until December 16, 2019. The earliest the rule could…
Today, the Supreme Court heard arguments on the administration’s decision to terminate Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The Court considered three cases: Dept. of Homeland v. Regents Univ. CA (18-587), Trump, President of U.S. v. NAAP (18-588) and McAleenan Sec. of Homeland v. Vidal (18-589). It has been our firm stance to fight for our Dreamers—because #WeAreAllDreamers and #HomeIsHere. We are proud to stand alongside incredible allies in this fight, including AILA National member, Faye Kolly, who provided us an overview of all the factors that…
Written by Fiona McEntee I just learned that it’s Pro Bono Week this week. As a practicing immigration lawyer for almost 12 years, pro bono is part of my regular workload. Almost since the moment this Administration took office, my pro bono workload has dramatically increased. It started from Day 1 of the Travel Ban when I, along with my brother and colleague, Ray, were one of the first attorneys at O’Hare and I turned…
It was reported that hours before passing on October 17th, US Congressman and Oversight & Reform Committee Chairman, Elijah Cummings, had signed two subpoenas from his hospital bed that were directed at two US immigration agencies: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Services (ICE). He will be laid to rest as the first African American to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol’s Sanctuary Hall. Everyone at McEntee Law mourns…
As many of you know, the Presidential campaigns have been in full swing. Given the Trump Administration’s repeated implementation of anti-immigrant policies, it’s no surprise that immigration has become an extremely hot topic in the primary debates. But in the midst of all these debates, it’s become onerous to sift through the many candidates that have decided to embrace various immigration policies in their platforms. Fiona McEntee, national spokesperson for the American Immigration Lawyer…