New Civics Test to be administered at Naturalization Interviews

After December 1st, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will administer a new version of the civics test, one of the three tests given at naturalization interviews.  Under the new test, a USCIS officer will ask an applicant...

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Court says USCIS was wrong in refusing to Accept Initial DACA Applications

  On Saturday, a federal judge in New York City ruled that Chad Wolf was not legally serving as acting Homeland Security secretary when he signed rules limiting applications and renewals for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program...

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Further Restrictions on Asylum Eligibility to take effect November 20th

  On October 20, 2020, the administration announced additional bars to asylum that create further obstacles for asylum...

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Various Lawsuits filed against Department of Labor and the Department of Homeland Security re Changes to Work Visa and Employment Based Immigrant Visa Programs

A total of three lawsuits have been filed against the recently issued DHS and DOL  Interim Final Rule (“IFRs”).   One lawsuit was filed on Friday, October 16th against the DOL IFR which had set dramatically higher wage rates...

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Interim Final Rules Related to the H-1B Program

On October 8, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) issued an Interim Final Rule (“DHS IFR”) revising the definition of "Specialty Occupation".  That same date, the Department of Labor...

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Court Blocks Executive Order Ordering the Suspension of Entry for NonImmigrants

On October 1st , a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against the Trump administration’s June 2020 proclamation that suspended the entry of foreign nationals on four categories of work visas (H-1B, L-1, H-2B and most J-1 temporary...

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DHS Proposed Rule Establishing a Fixed Time Period of Admission for F, J, and I Nonimmigrants

On September 25th, a proposed rule from DHS was published in the Federal Register. The proposed rule applies to F visas for international college and university students, J visas for foreign nationals participating in work or school exchange programs...

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USCIS Fee Hike Halted for Now

On September 29th, a controversial USCIS final rule was halted in its tracks.  The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued a preliminary injunction halting implementation of USCIS’s Fee Rule.   Earlier...

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Department of Homeland Security Proposes Sweeping Changes to Biometrics Collection

When a person fills out an immigration form with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), it is common for that person to have to report to a DHS local office to have their biometrics taken.  Usually, that just means that their fingerprints...

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Appeals Court Decision Allows Department of Homeland Security to End TPS for Many

  In a 2 to 1 decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is allowing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to move forward with its plan to end temporary protected status (TPS) for Nicaraguans, El Salvadorans, Sudanese, and Haitians....

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Proposed Rule Continues to Threaten the Independence of the Immigration Court System

If you are in removal (deportation) proceedings, you will be scheduled to appear before an immigration judge in immigration court.  There are two immigration courts in the DMV area: one in Arlington, the other in Baltimore.  In immigration...

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Citizenship Application Backlog could Prevent some Applicants from Voting in the Upcoming November Election!

While the total number of backlogged naturalization cases have not been released, it is suspected that hundreds of thousands of applications are pending.  According to the Washington Post, the latest available data from March 31st reports more...

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New Settlement Agreement Opens Door for Certain Asylum Applications After One Year

To qualify for asylum, an applicant must file within one year of having arrived to the United States. If an applicant does not file within one year of having arrived to the United States, they do not qualify for asylum. Some exceptions can be made,...

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Trump Administration Enforces Limitations on Asylum Applicants' Ability to Work

DHS’s Final Rule on Employment Authorization for Asylum Applicants goes into effect today. The regulation introduces several new measures that significantly limit an asylum applicant’s ability to get or renew their work authorization...

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service is Raising Its Fees on Many Immigration Applications!

On August 3rd, USCIS published a Final Rule that significantly alters the fees for most immigration related applications accepted by the agency. On average, fees have increased by 20 percent. Besides altering most fees, the rule also adds new fees,...

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