On November 9, 2018 the Trump administration issued a new bar on asylum, through a presidential proclamation. It applies to people who enter the U.S. unlawfully (outside an official port of entry) at the southern border.
November 1, 2018. California attorneys must, unless the client consents to a different arrangement, put all flat fees paid in advance into a trust account (a dedicated bank account), and only remove the money once they've performed services so as to earn it.
October 16, 2018. People who entered the U.S. as unaccompanied minors must now apply for asylum with the asylum office before they turn 18 or their cases will be sent directly to the immigration court for a hearing with an immigration judge.
October 12, 2018 USCIS updates its policy guidance to state that lawful permanent residents applying to naturalize after three years based on having been married to and living in marital union with a U.S. citizen must maintain that status not only through filing of the Form N-400 application but through the swearing-in ceremony.
October 1, 2018 State Department announces policy change requiring that, in order to be eligible for a spousal, derivative A-1 and A-2 nonimmigrant visas or change of status, the couple must be legally married; same-sex partnerships will not be sufficient.
October 1, 2018 The Trump administration and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have quietly instituted a quota system aimed at moving cases through the immigration courts more quickly, spurring concerns that those with pending cases may not have the opportunity for a full and fair hearing.
August 31, 2018 Under a Board of Immigration Appeals decision, people issued a defective removal charging document (without a time and place of hearing) will not be able to terminate their cases if they were later served a notice of hearing.
July 10, 2018 Attorney General Jeff Session is reportedly planning to further restrict the ability to seek asylum in the United States by establishing new criminal bars and limiting the definition of refugee.
June 21, 2018 The Supreme Court recently held in Pereira v. Sessions that the time and date of hearing must on be a key deportation charging document—the Notice to Appear (NTA)—to trigger what is known as the “stop-time rule.”
June 20, 2018 Trump Executive Order receives much fanfare as a supposed end to family separation policy for border entrants, but fails to change possibility for indefinite detention of families and leaves ample room to continue permitting children to be taken from their parents.
May 15, 2018 If you entered the U.S. on a fiance visa and are applying for a green card, or you are applying to USCIS for a green card through employment in the U.S., there is now zero chance that you can avoid an in-person interview at a USCIS field office.
March 1, 2022. To overcome a possible finding that the immigrant is inadmissible as a likely public charge, the U.S. sponsor will need to show income and/or assets that exceed the annual Poverty Guidelines levels, which went up in 2022.
March 28, 2018 Signing up for cash benefit programs such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), state financial assistance programs that provide general income, and programs that support institutionalized long-term care could make applicants for visas or green cards inadmissible.
January 29, 2018. Because of scheduling delays, receiving an employment authorization document after applying for asylum has been all but guaranteed in recent years; but USCIS is trying to stop that for recent applicants, by moving them to the front of the line.
February 27, 2018 In Jennings v. Rodriguez, the Supreme Court dealt a blow to undocumented and other immigrants being held in U.S. detention facilities while they await a hearing and decision on their case, overturning a decision allowing them a bond hearing every six months.