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BREAKING: Seventh Circuit Stays Decision to Vacate the Public Charge Rule

The yo-yo continues. Following Monday’s announcement that a District Court had vacated the public charge rule, this morning the 7th Circuit put an administrative stay on lower court’s ruling which vacated the public charge rule, meaning public charge is back ON again. Greencard applicants, at least for the time being, will have to submit their[…]

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BREAKING: District Court Vacates DHS Public Charge Rule Nationwide

The on-again, off-again public charge saga continues, as a District Court has vacated the DHS/USCIS final rule on public charge. The ruling takes effect immediately and USCIS may not apply the public charge as of today, meaning that applicants for greencards no longer have to submit the dreaded Form I-944 and its mountainous supporting documents.[…]

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USCIS Averts Furlough of Nearly 70% of Workforce

After months of uncertainty, USCIS confirmed today that, for the time being, it has managed to avoid furloughing nearly 70% of its workforce, at least through the remainder of this fiscal year (so through September 30th). While this is welcome news in the short term, the announcement also comes with warnings that the agency had[…]

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USCIS Offices Preparing to Reopen on June 4

USCIS announced today that they are tentatively planning to re-open their offices and resume in-person services on June 4, 2020. For most cases, USCIS will automatically reschedule any interviews, ceremonies, appointments, etc. that were affected by the office closures. It remains to be seen whether this re-opening date will get pushed back.   Copied from[…]

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USCIS Wants Bank Information from U.S. Greencard Sponsors

As the saying goes, never let a good crisis go to waste. While the world is reeling from COVID-19 and the significant disruption it has caused everyone’s daily lives, the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services have quietly proposed a rule making changes to the Form I-864 – Affidavit of Support[…]

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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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1 Month Until Final Public Charge Rules Take Effect

In just a little over a month, on October 15, 2019, the “Public Charge” rules will take effect, and will fundamentally change how USCIS makes public charge determinations for those applying for greencards. The rule will significantly raise the standard for how greencard applicants are judged in their ability to remain “self-sufficient.” It is difficult[…]