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USCIS Extends Flexibilities

USCIS Extends Flexibilities

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, to help petitioners, USCIS has chosen to extend flexibilities for applicants/beneficiaries, and requestors for following procedures: Notices of Intent to Deny, Requests for Evidence, Notice of Intent to Revoke, Continuations to Request Evidence, Notices of Intent to Rescind and Notices of Intent to Terminate regional investment centers, Filing date requirements for...

Our Office Has Expanded!

Our Office Has Expanded!

Law Offices of Wiliani-Malek have recently added more experienced paralegals to our legal team. Our paralegals have several years of experience working in immigration law and have assisted in processing a variety of US immigration cases. They are new assets to expanding our expertise to serve our clients and community at large. With the addition of our new paralegals, we are getting ready to...

USCIS Avoids Furloughs!

USCIS Avoids Furloughs!

USCIS has announced that the agency is able to avoid furloughing 70% of their staff and can continue with regular operations until the end of the 2020 fiscal year. As mentioned in our previous post on this topic, USCIS had announced that it was planning to furlough over 13,000 of its staff due to financial restrains and needed financial assistance from Congress to sustain the agency. The new...

USCIS to Implement DHS Guidance on DACA

USCIS to Implement DHS Guidance on DACA

USCIS has issued a statement that it will be implementing the DACA policy as introduced by Acting Secretary of Homeland Security. Under this guidance, all new DACA applications filed (from those who have never received DACA before) will be rejected and all fees will be returned. However, current DACA holders are still able to apply for a renewal, though some grants, such as employment...

Furloughs at USCIS Expected in September

Furloughs at USCIS Expected in September

As the furlough of two-thirds of the USCIS staff is becoming more of a reality, a major delay is looming on the horizon for processing of the immigration applications for non-US citizens. USCIS has claimed that it would need $1.2 billion to avoid furloughing two-thirds of the staff, roughly 13,400 employees of the 20,000. The furlough will be implemented on August 30, 2020 unless USCIS is able...

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...