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DACA is Still Prioritized

DACA is Still Prioritized

President Biden is making sure that people know that he is still adamant about providing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, particularly DACA recipients. The president will be meeting with six DACA recipients in the Oval Office this week. This is notably only the second time that DACA recipients have been invited to the Oval Office – the first in 2005 when the president was...

Halting of Biometrics Requirement

Halting of Biometrics Requirement

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will be discontinuing the requirement for foreign nationals’ spouses to submit biometrics.  This obligation needed to be fulfilled by spouses, applicants, sponsor, or any other person associated with immigration or naturalization petitions. However, due to the extensive number of applicants’ familial members that needed to meet this 2019 policy, there is...

Time for an Immigration Reform

Time for an Immigration Reform

President Biden help a joint session with Congress and shared several plans for the future. One of those plans was a call to pass immigration reform, including an opportunity for undocumented individuals to become an American citizen. Biden proudly shared that that immigrants have contributed so much to the United States, especially during the pandemic and that it is time for an update in...

Trump-era Policies End

Trump-era Policies End

Two prominent policies created during the Trump administration are dismantling. The first is that ICE will reverse the fines issued to immigrants for failing to leave the United States. Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas states that there is no evidence that these fines have increased departure compliance. These fines could cost up to $799 every day that the immigrant did not leave the...

Affidavit of Support is Removed

Affidavit of Support is Removed

Department of Homeland Security declared that the proposed rule of applying with an Affidavit of Support is no longer in effect. Initially, the former administration issued a guidance stating that the legal responsibilities would be directed towards the sponsor of the foreign national. The affidavit of support would have demanded for higher qualifying and evidentiary requirements, such as...

Fewer Deportations Under Biden

Fewer Deportations Under Biden

Media has reported that in the last month, there was a significant drop in the number of immigrants that have been arrested and/or deported in comparison to the number of arrests and deportations under the Trump administration. In March, Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 2,214 foreign nationals, a reduction from 6,679 immigration arrests in December. Additionally, there were 2,886...

Foreign Workers Able to Apply Again

Foreign Workers Able to Apply Again

Media has reported that foreign workers are once again able to apply for temporary visas. Last June, the Trump administration banned foreign workers from entering and applying for temporary visas; the administration alleged that the Coronavirus pandemic was to blame for ban. The ban has recently expired, and it is reported that President Biden is not looking to extend it. The ban primarily...

Senate to Vote on Dream Act

Senate to Vote on Dream Act

The House of Representatives has voted 228 to 197 to create a pathway toward citizenship for undocumented immigrants, including recipients of DACA and Temporary Protected Status and farmworkers. Though this is a great milestone for undocumented individuals, there are still a couple more obstacles it needs to pass through. Because House has approved the bill, it goes to the evenly split Senate to...

New Versions of Form I-90 to Come

New Versions of Form I-90 to Come

Update from USCIS: Since January 6, 2021, receipt notices for Form I-90, otherwise known as Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, have been sent out to the proper recipients. When this receipt notice is displayed, along with an expired Form I-551 (Permanent Resident Card), it will be sufficient proof to demonstrate the lawful permanent resident’s status. Additionally, they can be shown...

Discontinued: Public Charge

Discontinued: Public Charge

US District Court of Illinois has solidified their decision regarding the Public Charge Final Rule: Starting on March 9, 2021, Public Charge Final Rule has been dismissed. Applicants for adjustment of status do not need to provide Form I-944 with their Form I-485. If an applicant has provided this information already, USCIS will not be looking at it or make decisions based on that information. ...