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The Departments of Justice and Homeland Security Publish Final Rule to Restrict Certain Criminal Aliens’ Eligibility for Asylum

New Mandatory Bars Prevent Convicted Felons, Drunk Drivers, Gang Members, and Other Criminal Aliens from Receiving Asylum WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security announced the publication of a Final Rule amending their respective regulations to prevent certain categories of criminal aliens from obtaining asylum in the United States. The rule…

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Two More Major Lawsuits Filed Against Trump H-1B Visa Restrictions

U.S. companies, universities and associations have combined to file two lawsuits against the Trump administration’s new H-1B visa regulations. Critics say the purpose of the rules is to make it virtually impossible for U.S. employers to hire high-skilled foreign nationals or sponsor them for permanent residence. Plaintiffs believe the new rules could force about 200,000…

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Judge Blocks USCIS Fee Increases: Here’s Why It Happened

A federal judge granted a motion for a preliminary injunction against a far-reaching U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) fee rule. The rule would increase fees on businesses, new citizens, international students needing work authorization and others. The fees were scheduled to go into effect on October 2, 2020. “As long as this preliminary injunction is in…

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USCIS FINAL FEE RULE

WHAT HAS CHANGED? On August 3, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a final rule outlining changes in fees for certain immigration and naturalization benefit requests which was scheduled to take effect October 2, 2020 (final fee rule). Notable changes: CITIZENSHIP: $640 $1,170 GREEN CARD/Adjustment of Status (AOS): $1,225 $2,270 ASYLUM: Previously No…

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Immigration agency cancels furlough of more than 13,000 employees

By Priscilla Alvarez, CNN (CNN)The federal agency responsible for granting citizenship and providing immigration benefits on Tuesday canceled the furlough of more than 13,000 employees, a move that had been scheduled for later this month and would’ve brought the immigration system to a halt. US Citizenship and Immigration Services, an agency within the Department of…

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Furloughs loom for 13,400 federal immigration employees

By Camila DeChalus, posted August 19, 2020 at 4:32pm U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services said without emergency funding, it will move forward with furloughs on Aug. 30 Senate Appropriations ranking member Patrick J. Leahy called for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to call off plans to furlough more than 13,000 of its employees at…

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Fee Schedule and Changes to Certain Other Immigration Benefit Request Requirements

This final rule adjusts certain immigration and naturalization benefit request fees charged by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). It also removes certain fee exemptions, changes fee waiver requirements, alters premium processing time limits, and modifies intercountry adoption processing. USCIS conducted a comprehensive biennial fee review and determined that current fees do not recover the…

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Two Nationwide Injunctions Block “Public Charge” Rules Amid Pandemic

Judge Issues Two Nationwide Injunctions Blocking “Public Charge” Immigration Rules Amid COVID-19 Pandemic New injunctions will allow immigrant communities across the U.S. to safely access critical health care and public assistance during health crisis NEW YORK, NY — Today, a Manhattan federal court issued two nationwide injunctions temporarily blocking the Trump administration’s “public charge” rules.…

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