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Filing Waivers of Inadmissibility

Filing Waivers of Inadmissibility

If a U.S. consular or USCIS officer has found an applicant to be inadmissible to the United States and therefore ineligible for an immigrant visa or nonimmigrant visa, the person could qualify to file an application for a waiver of inadmissibility. In some cases, such as if the person was removed from USA, the person would also need to seek permission to reapply for entry. After filing the...

USCIS Adjusts Fees, Effective 10/2/2020

USCIS Adjusts Fees, Effective 10/2/2020

Today, USCIS announced a final rule regarding the new fee schedule in order for the organization to meet cost of services and operational needs. Most of the fees have increased 5 - 546% by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The fee revisions are to prevent USCIS from being underfunded, as written in their news release. For more information, read the USCIS News Release or PDF to see the...

DHS to Ignore SCOTUS DACA Decision

DHS to Ignore SCOTUS DACA Decision

U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced that they will not restore DACA to the status it was before President Trump’s attempted recission in 2017. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf (pictured) stated that DHS will reject all first-time applicants for DACA, reject new and pending requests for advanced parole for most cases, and reduce the period for current DACA holders...

DACA Ordered to Be Revived

DACA Ordered to Be Revived

US District Judge Paul Grimm, a federal judge in Maryland, issued an order to the government to restore the DACA program and all that it entailed before President Trump’s attempted phaseout in 2017. This enactment would accept new applications and protect current DACA recipients, as well as allow Advance Parole that would pave the way for recipients to get a green card. US Citizenship and...

Initial Student Visa Guidance Reversed!

Initial Student Visa Guidance Reversed!

Per our last news post, students carrying a F-1 or M1 visa were told by US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that they will need to leave the United States if their school decides to hold classes fully online. Fortunately, within one week, DHS and ICE have reversed that statement, thanks to lawsuits from multiple schools, including the first by...

Student Visas Lawsuit

Student Visas Lawsuit

Recently, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that the international students who have F-1 and M-1 visas would have to leave the United States by July 15, 2020 if they are not taking a full-course load on campus. A couple days later, Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) sued U.S. DHS and ICE for...

USCIS Extends Certain Deadlines

USCIS Extends Certain Deadlines

USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Certain Agency Requests This decision is in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is extending the deadlines announced on March 30, 2020, to assist applicants and petitioners who are responding to certain: - Requests for Evidence - Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14) - Notices of Intent...

DACA Continues!

DACA Continues!

According to the latest Supreme Court ruling of Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California, 590 U.S., applicants can now file for new DACA and current DACA recipients may even be eligible for travel permits. DACA has allowed recipients to obtain work permits, driver’s licenses, and social security numbers. Though the recipients, or Dreamers, as they are also...

Public Charge & Unemployment

Public Charge & Unemployment

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to adversely impact many businesses and individuals, one of the main concerns of US-visiting individuals (who are applying for immigrant or non-immigrant status) is to clarify their status of public surcharge and unemployment in the United States. The following is a brief outline of such concerns. The USCIS page writes that “self-sufficiency has long been a...

Working Against Racial Inequality in America

Working Against Racial Inequality in America

  “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” These iconic words came from President Lincoln’s Gettysburg address during the Civil War. The speech did not last more than two and a half minutes, but it is still electrifying and relevant a century and half...