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Department of Homeland Security Suspends New Enrollment/Re-Enrollment in CBP Trusted Traveler Programs for New York Residents

In an act of pure political retaliation, today the Department of Homeland Security announced that it will no longer accept new enrollments or re-enrollments of New York state residents in CBP’s Trusted Traveler Programs (including NEXUS, SENTRI, and Global Entry), effective immediately. The move was in response to New York’s recently enacted sanctuary policies, particularly[…]

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Public Charge Inadmissibility Final Rule: Revised Forms and Updated Policy Manual Guidance

The dominoes begin to fall with regards to the implementation of the new Public Charge rule, with USCIS announcing today their updated policy manual guidance and publishing of revised case forms which will incorporate questions related to the Public Charge rule. As a reminder, USCIS will implement the rule starting on February 24, 2020, at[…]

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USCIS Announces Public Charge Rule Implementation Following Supreme Court Stay of Nationwide Injunctions

USCIS announced today that the much-maligned Public Charge rule will be fully implemented by USCIS on February 24, 2020, following the Supreme Court’s lifting of the nationwide injunctions imposed by various District Courts across the U.S. The small silver lining is that, despite the Rule going into effect on October 15, 2019 before being enjoined[…]

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Acting Secretary McAleenan Announces Designation of Poland into the Visa Waiver Program

Poland is the latest country to be designated into the Visa Waiver Program, meaning that, as of November 11, 2019, Polish citizens will be able to apply to travel to the United States for up to 90 days for purposes of business or pleasure without first obtaining a U.S. visa. A small piece of good[…]

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USCIS Updates Fee Waiver Requirements

USCIS announced today that it was revising the criteria for the Form I-912, which allows applicants to request waivers from filing fee and biometric fee requirements. Previously, the use of mean-tested benefits (such as SNAP and TANF) was used as a factor in considering whether an individual was exempt from paying these fees; the new[…]

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November 2019 Visa Bulletin Commentary

After another longer-than-usual wait, the November 2019 Visa Bulletin was finally released yesterday. No particularly noteworthy developments this month. Most categories saw a decent amount of forward movement, with the exception of EB1 India, which remained at its 1 January 2015 priority date. The outlook for that category is not ideal, as it is expected[…]

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“Public Charge” Rule ENJOINED Nationwide

Friday afternoon saw the judicial hammer dropped, as the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a nationwide preliminary injuction against the Department of Homeland Security’s proposed “Public Charge” rule, which was set to take effect in mere days. A much welcome victory on the immigration front, the decision saw[…]

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DHS Proposes Changes to Immigration and Travel Forms to Collect Social Media Information

Earlier today, DHS proposed changes to several immigration-related and travel-related forms, publishing a 60-day notice and request for comments in the Federal Register. The proposed changes will allow DHS to collect social media information from applicants seeking immigration-related benefits and from individuals seeking to be admitted into the United States. The immigration-related forms DHS is[…]

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USCIS to Publish Final Rule Revising EB-5 Regulations

Tomorrow, 7/24/2019, USCIS and DHS will publish the final rule revising EB-5 regulations. Among other changes, the most significant are that the minimum investment amount has been increased from $500k to $900k (although less than the $1.3M that was initially rumored), the standard investment amount has been increased from $1M to $1.8M, and a mechanism[…]

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DHS and DOJ Publish New Asylum Rules

Today, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice published an interim final rule regarding asylum eligibility. The rule, among other things, establishes a mandatory bar for asylum eligibility for individuals who pass through a third country and then enter or attempt to enter the United States via the southern border, without having[…]