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Today, USCIS announced a final draft for a rule change proposal that will not only affect key application forms, but also significantly increase processing fees. We are still wrapping our heads around this 576-page proposal, but so far, these are the main changes: Increase in fees by a weighted average of 20% Adds a $50 fee for asylum applications Removes the proposal to transfer money to ICE Establishes multiple fees for nonimmigrant worker petitions…
It has been a historic year of Supreme Court rulings. We celebrated during the early hours of June 18th when the highly anticipated Supreme Court decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was publicly announced.  A collective sigh of relief was shared among millions across the United States. With this order, nearly 800,000 current DACA recipients were given a peace of mind, knowing their fears of imminent deportation could be set aside,…
We mourn the passing of Leader John Lewis, a true beacon of light throughout some of history’s darkest times. Lewis is kindly remembered by his family and colleagues as being a “Lion” – a fitting and endearing way to describe his larger-than-life reputation, his righteous courage, and his unwavering dedication to social justice. His timeless legacy is marked by his fight for voter and racial equality as one of the original “Big Six” civil rights…
Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. immigration has seen many policy changes, including the many travel and visa “bans”. From closures of US consulates, embassies, and USCIS officers, to cancellations of visa interviews and appointments, hundreds of thousands of foreign nationals and their families have been impacted. The green card ban suspends the issuance of new immigrant visas from abroad like the EB-1A, EB-2, EB-3 immigrant visa categories. The business visa ban suspends…
Last Monday, June 22nd, President Donald Trump issued an executive order restricting several employment-based visas until at least the end of the year. Citing those that “present a risk to the U.S. labor market following the coronavirus outbreak,” this order applies to would-be H-1B, H-2B, L-1, certain J-1 categories visa holders, and their dependents. Per the text of the executive order, it unequivocally applies only to those outside the U.S. on the effective date (June…
President Trump has just issued his latest immigration ban. This one relates to temporary work/business visas. We’ve drafted a very quick summary of it. Note that this is not legal advice so please don’t rely on it as such and also note that the order has just been released so all we know are the below details. Effective Dates: It is effective IMMEDIATELY, which is pretty typical from this Administration. They don’t usually give notice…
Today is a great day in the U.S. It’s a great day for all immigrants but especially for the “Dreamers”. It’s a celebratory day for immigration attorneys and grassroots advocates. Today is a win for the American Dream. A few hours ago, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued the long-awaited decision in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) case. Over 650,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children had…
In addition to it being Pride month, June is also Immigrant Heritage Month. To celebrate this, I Am An Immigrant is launching the first ever #NationalTakeoutNight, and it is happening this Thursday, June 18th! This campaign will highlight and support immigrant-owned restaurants, and also Black-owned restaurants in solidarity. The goal is to order from your favorite Black-owned or immigrant-owned restaurant, take a photo, and tag them with the hashtags #ImmigrantHeritageMonth & #NationalTakeoutNight. In advance…
Welcome back to our Immigration: Week in Review blog segment. Each week, we hope to bring you a central immigration news platform with snippets of immigration-related articles and full links if you want further info. Happy Reading! ICE Provides Clarification on “Cap Gap” for F-1OPT Students Changing Status to H-1B Earlier this week, ICE released a broadcast message clarifying when “cap gap” would apply to F-1 OPT students seeking an H-1B. Under certain circumstances, cap…
We’ve heard reports of ICE showing up at some of the #BlackLivesMatters protests. Here is some key info on your rights, and also tips on how to be an effective ally to your immigrant friends and neighbors. You have the right to remain silent. If you are asked where you were born or how you entered the US, you may refuse to answer. If you choose to remain silent, say so out loud. Allyship would…