In this on-again, off-again legal battle regarding ‘public charge’, we’re in the on-again state of affairs I’m afraid. Today, the federal court in the Second circuit lifted the nationwide injunction and allowed the injunction to remain only in New York, Connecticut and Vermont. If you do not live in one of those states, you must[…]
USCIS published final rules for fee increases today. It will be published officially in the Federal Register on Monday, August 3rd and will take effect 60 days later (October 2, 2020). It is possible that litigation could follow. Here is our previously published post on the new USCIS fee schedule, including starting a fee for asylum applications.[…]
Law360 reports that the Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to enforce the Public Charge rule. This is a true game changer, not just for family-based but also for employment-based immigration. We will be in touch with updates soon. Stay tuned. BREAKING: High Court Lets Trump Admin Enforce Public Charge Rule The Trump administration[…]
We are thankful to all our clients, colleagues and friends for the privilege of helping them. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Watson Immigration Law to all of you. .
In true Trumpian manner, big immigration news was dropped again on Friday night (Nov 8, 2019). This time, USCIS is hiking it’s fees. Most proposed fees are almost double the current amounts. For example, N400 citizenship application fees will increase to $1170 (up from $640). Asylum applicants will have to pay a fee for the[…]
As a practitioner, it has been hard to keep up with all the rules and policies changing on the immigration front. The onslaught of rules, that this administration is using to bypass Congress, has been exhausting, challenging and downright upsetting. But of all rules, the Public Charge rule will make the biggest impact on immigration[…]
With the arrival of fall begins various annual events! And we have been out and about! Here are some photos to enjoy.
It felt like we waited forever but the October 2019 visa bulletin has finally been released this morning. Our usual commentary to follow shortly.
This morning at around 7:30am PST, the DHS released the final rules for changing the H1B filing procedures. While there is no ‘hurrah’ about H1Bs, it certainly will be the last year of filing H1Bs as we know it. Past administrations had discussed creating a pre-registration process by but they never got past the discussion[…]
To all our readers, listeners, colleagues and clients, We wish you a wonderful holiday season and happy new year! We started the year with our article published in the Huffington Post in January 2018 and we are ending the year with our article about gratitude published in Yes! Magazine. I hope you will read, enjoy[…]