October 19, 2022, U.S. citizenship applicants with a physical or mental disability who need a waiver of the naturalization exam requirements should have an easier time obtaining a sufficiently convincing report from a doctor, under revised U.S. government guidelines.
The country of Ethiopia has been designated for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), allowing its nationals who were in the U.S. on the day this was announced to lawfully remain for 18 months and receive work permission.
November 10, 2021 Husbands and wives of L-1 intracompany transferees who come to the U.S. on L-2 visas will no longer need to submit an I-765 form and receive a work permit (EAD) card in order to accept U.S. employment.
November 10, 2021. The H-2B visa allows foreign nationals to come to the United State to temporarily fill certain nonagricultural jobs, but only if they are from one of certain eligible countries; the list of which has recently been changed.
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.
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.
**LEGAL UPDATE** In past years, it normally took much longer for lawful permanent residents (LPRs) in the U.S. to sponsor their spouse or children to receive an immigrant visa. That's because the process started by them filing a petition on Form I-130, issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services,
April 22, 2019 Nationals of countries with high visa overstay rates, especially people from certain African countries, might want to obtain a visa to travel to the U.S. as soon as possible, if they don’t have one already.
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.