December 27, 2020 Congress passes, and President Trump signs, a spending package that funds various federal agencies into 2021, offers COVID relief to Americans whose income falls below certain limits, and extends various immigration programs that were about to expire.
November 17, 2020 USCIS creates a list of positive and negative factors that officers are expected to take into account when deciding whether an adjustment of status applicant who meets the basic eligibility requirements actually deserves approval (or in legalese, "warrants a favorable exercise of discretion").
March 2, 2022 DHS renews and extends the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for South Sudan for 18 months, taking it through November 3, 2023 for both existing TPS holders and new applicants.
August 14, 2020 Extending decisions first made earlier in 2020 when the COVID-19 or coronavirus pandemic began, the U.S. and Canada as well as Mexico will continue to restrict travel across the land borders.
September 9, 2021 If you have been granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) as a national of either El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, or Sudan, the U.S. government has extended your status, and your work permission, through December 31, 2022.
July 21, 2020 The Trump Administration, via an executive order, has vastly changed the U.S. immigration situation for people born in Hong Kong, suspending various laws that treated them as if they were from a separate country rather than grouping them with people from the PRC.
June 16, 2020 Worried parents have been asking whether a procedural mechanism called humanitarian parole could be utilized to let adoptive children enter the United States even before visa processing is complete.
Effective June 1, 2020. Trump administration to examine visa applications and existing visas of Chinese graduate students and researchers in the United States and revoke or deny any where the person has direct ties to universities affiliated with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
April 16, 2020 USCIS appears to be granting permanent residence to some applicants without requiring the usual adjustment of status interview, to overcome the problem of USCIS office closures due to coronavirus pandemic.
March 18, 2020 Don't plan to visit a consulate or USCIS office, or attend a naturalization interview or ceremony, asylum interview, or other appointment until further notice, owing to coronavirus outbreak and response.
February 1, 2020 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announces regardless of whether the U.S. petitioner lives abroad, Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, can only be submitted to USCIS in the U.S. or to the Department of State in exigent circumstances, but no longer with an overseas USCIS office.