January 19, 2021 U.S. immigration court system (formally known as the Executive Office for Immigration Review, or EOIR) adopts a final rule increasing filing fees for applications, appeals, and motions; however, most of the increases have been blocked by a federal court pending further litigation.
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.
December 14, 2020 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 October 4, 2021.
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").
October 3, 2020 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a final rule raising or in some cases lowering fees that applicants for immigration and naturalization benefits must pay, in a few cases adding fees where none were charged before.
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.
July 29, 2020 Manhattan federal court issues two nationwide injunctions blocking the Trump Administration's "public charge" rules concerning immigrant inadmissibility at least temporarily, during the period that the COVID-19 pandemic is considered a national health emergency.
August 12, 2020: U.S. Department of State (DOS) issues an expanded list of the types of travel that it might consider to be in the national interest when making decisions on visa applications in light of coronavirus travel bans.
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.
March 1, 2020 A U.S. sponsor filling out Form I-864 must prove that his or her income or assets are high enough to support the intending immigrants; and the 2020 guidelines require higher than ever support levels.
February 25, 2020 As if the U.S. government's recently revised "public charge" regulations weren't already making it difficult enough for ordinary immigrant visa applicants to prove they have the financial means to survive in the U.S. without public assistance, the application process is about to get costlier for anyone using a lawyer.
February 24, 2020 Trump Administration's latest rules on how being a likely "public charge" makes someone inadmissible to the U.S. and ineligible for a green card makes having a good credit history relevant for intending immigrants.
February 24, 2020 United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin implementing the new and more restrictive rule as to which immigrant visa applicants are inadmissibility as likely to become a public charge.
February 24, 2020. Along with issuing new public charge rules, Department of State requires all immigrant visa applicants and possibly some nonimmigrant visa applicants to fill out Form DS-5540 Public Charge Questionnaire.
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.