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.
January 11, 2021 New regulations will make it more difficult for people to seek asylum and other humanitarian protections in the United States. Asylum-seekers will face new legal hurdles and the possibility that the government will dismiss claims at early stages in the legal process.
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.
August 24, 2020 Instead of reopening the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as was widely expected after the Supreme Court's decision finding DACA's termination unlawful, the Trump Administration has issued new memos seeking to roll back and possibly ultimately terminate the program, and will not accept new applications.
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.
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.
December 13, 2017. A court allows the new rule allowing parole entry for international entrepreneurs to go forward, though applicants may still face hostility in light of the Trump Administration's general refusal to allow parole as a means of U.S. entry.
November 20, 2017. Employers now need to find another visa option to employ market research analysts, marketing specialists, or financial analysts from Canada and Mexico, because USCIS closed the TN door on the economist category.