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Tahmina Watson Immigration law update

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[…]

Tahmina Watson Immigration law update

Cuccinelli Announces USCIS’ FY 2019 Accomplishments and Efforts to Implement President Trump’s Goals

Today, USCIS released a self-congratulatory statement emphasizing its FY 2019 statistics and accomplishments, particularly in the context of implementing and enforcing Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda. Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli praised the agency’s “significant steps to mitigate loopholes in our asylum system, combat fraudulent claims, and strengthen the protections we have in place.” Of course, those of[…]

Presidential Memorandum on Enforcing the Legal Responsibilities of Sponsors of Aliens

Yet another reminder to all of our readers of President Trump’s recent memo 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).[…]

Presidential Memorandum on Enforcing the Legal Responsibilities of Sponsors of Aliens

A reminder to all of our readers of President Trump’s recent memo 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). The[…]

Watson Immigration Law News Update

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[…]

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[…]

White House Issues Presidential Memorandum on Combating High Nonimmigrant Overstay Rates

Today the White House issued a memo with the stated purpose of combating high nonimmigrant visa overstay rates. The memorandum gives broad authority to the Secretary of State, Attorney General, and Secretary of Homeland Security to identify countries with high rates of B-1/B-2 visa overstays and provide recommendations of actions to reduce overstays, including, but[…]