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Trump Issues Memorandum on Enforcing the Legal Responsibilities of Sponsors of Aliens

Today Trump issued a memorandum making it mandatory for state and local agencies to sue I-864 sponsors for all means-tested benefits that are paid to adjustment of status applicants/beneficiaries. These means-tested benefits programs include Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Previously, no agency anywhere across the U.S. sued[…]

Watson Immigration Law 10th Anniversary

Watson Immigration Law Celebrates its 10th Anniversary by Offering Free Consultations on 6/11 and 6/13

  Watson Immigration Law is celebrating its 10th Anniversary by offering free immigration consultations on June 11, 2019 and June 13, 2019, from 10 AM to 3 PM! Please use the following link to sign up:    

June 2019 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The June 2019 Visa Bulletin was just released. Most jarring was the massive retrogression that occurred for the EB1 India category, which retrogressed an astonishing 2 years, 1 month, and 21 days, from 22 February 2017 to 1 January 2015. The only (somewhat) silver lining is that this retrogression is expected to be temporary, with[…]

Trumps Issues Executive Order Banning Iranian Immigrants and Nonimmigrants Associated with Certain Industries

Today President Trump issued an Executive Order imposing new sanctions on Iran with respect to the iron, steel, aluminum, and copper industries. More importantly, Section 5 of the EO suspends entry of Iranian immigrants and nonimmigrants engaged or related to those industries. Relevant language below (emphasis added):   Sec. 5. The unrestricted immigrant and nonimmigrant[…]

White House Issues Presidential Memorandum Ordering New Restrictions on Asylum Seekers

President Trump issued a memo yesterday proposing sweeping restrictions on asylum seekers at the Mexican border. Chief among these restrictions and changes are charging fees for asylum applications, barring those who entered or attempted to enter the U.S. unlawfully from employment authorization until their asylum application has been granted, and ensuring adjudication of asylum applications[…]

USCIS Strengthens Guidance for Spousal Petitions Involving Minors

USCIS announced on Friday additional guidance for the adjudication and evaluation of spousal petitions involving minors, in the form of a Policy Alert updating the Adjudicator’s Field Manual. These additional evaluation factors appear to be limited in scope to only spousal petitions involving minors, but with the current administration clamping down on legal immigration at[…]

‘No- RFE Memo’ Goes Into Effect Tomorrow (9/11/2018)

Dear Readers, viewers and listeners, The dreaded ‘no-RFE’ memo goes into effect tomorrow. Of all dates, USCIS chooses September 11th as the start date of such a drastic policy change. Not sure who came up with this date as there is no real difference between a Monday (like today) and Tuesday. But here we are. […]

Visa Bulletin Updates

Every month, the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (AILA) Department of State Liaison Committee checks in with Charlie Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division at the Department of State. This month’s check-in included clarification about the numerous retrogressions and changes announced in the September 2018 Visa Bulletin. Charlie confirmed that the F-1 and[…]