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DHS Proposes Rule to “Strengthen” Affidavit of Support Process

More chaos and cruelty from the Trump administration. DHS is now proposing a rule to, among other things, require Affidavit of Support sponsors to submit credit reports/scores, certified copies of income tax returns, and bank account information. Additionally, any sponsor who has received a public benefit in the 36 months preceding filing will have to[…]

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USCIS Response to Preliminary Injunction of Fee Rule

Following the nationwide preliminary injunction which stopped the new USCIS fee schedule from taking effect on Friday, USCIS responded in kind, claiming they are severely underfunded and this move would hurt the agency.   Copied from USCIS:   Release Date 09/30/2020 WASHINGTON-U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Deputy Director of Policy Joseph Edlow issued the following[…]

BREAKING: USCIS Fee Rule Halted in its Entirety and Enjoined

Some positive news in a time when good news on the immigration front is few and far between – the new USCIS fee schedule, which was set to significantly increase immigration fees across the board, has been enjoined nationwide by the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California. The government is certain to[…]

Tahmina’s Latest Book To Launch on Friday October 2nd, 2020

If you are looking for hope and inspiration during these trying times, Tahmina’s latest book will do just that!! We now have a real date of release!! Friday, October 2nd, 2020!! We hope you will ALL be ready to buy the book for .99 cents on Friday and share it as widely as possible.  Portions[…]

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ICE To Propose Rule Establishing a Fixed Time Period of Admission for F, J, and I Nonimmigrants

In the most recent attack on immigration by this administration, ICE has proposed a new rule that will change the period of admission for F, J, and I visa holders to a fixed duration, departing from the long standing practice of admitting those individuals for “duration of status.” The proposed rule will also include a[…]

Announcing Tahmina’s Forthcoming New Book!

We are so proud to announce that Tahmina’s second book “Legal Heroes in the Trump Era” will be released next week! Follow her on to ensure you don’t miss the launch notification. We’ll be posting more information soon!

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UPDATE: October 2020 Visa Bulletin – Dates for Filing Chart to be Used for EB Preference Categories

Following up on our two previous blog posts from this morning, it appears that USCIS has now indicated that the Dates for Filing chart applies to those applicants wishing to file for their greencards under the employment-based preference categories. This is in contrast to previous information issued earlier this morning, but represents great news for many[…]

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October 2020 Visa Bulletin Commentary

After much delay and anticipation, the October 2020 Visa Bulletin was released this morning. Most of the employment based categories saw very significant forward movement, including, but not limited to, EB1 China and EB1 India. This was somewhat expected due to the decreased demand for visa numbers as a result of COVID and the closure/reduced[…]

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October 2020 Visa Bulletin Out!

After much anticipation and significant delay, the visa bulletin for October 2020 was released this morning.  October is the beginning of the new fiscal year. For visa bulletin purposes, it means counting all the visas that were not used in the past fiscal year, and ensuring those are added to the new fiscal year.  You[…]

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USCIS Updates I-944 Public Charge Guidance in Wake of Stay of Injunction

USCIS today updated its webpages regarding the I-485 and the public charge rule, notifying applicants that it will enforcing the public charge rule in the wake of the decision to stay the nationwide injunction, and that applicants filing for adjustment of status will need to include the Form I-944 and relevant supporting documentation. Most notably,[…]