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Third Country Asylum Rule Overturned

Last Tuesday, United States District Judge Timothy J. Kelly overturned the Third-Country Asylum Rule, one of the Trump Administration’s most severe asylum policies, ruling it illegal. Kelly, who was appointed to the court in 2017 by President Trump, claimed that the Third-Country Asylum Rule was “unlawfully promulgated” because it did not give a public notice […]


June 22nd New Executive Order: Visa Ban Extended

On Monday the 22nd of June 2020, President Trump issued a new proclamation (known as Proclamation 10014, or the Suspension of Entry of Immigrants Who Present a Risk to the United States Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak) to temporarily suspend the entry of certain foreign workers into the […]

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A Halt on Green Cards? USCIS Budget Shortfall, Impacts on Applicants

Recently, the Trump Administrations suspended the approval of green card requests to immigrants abroad seeking residency in the United States. Last week, this administration temporarily halted the process of requests from green card applicants already living in the country. The agency argues that this hold on processing green card applications is due to the suspension […]


Supreme Court Rules: DACA is not terminated

Today, the 18th of June, the Supreme Court ruled against the Trump Administration’s efforts to end the DACA program. This program, called the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, protects over 700,000 individuals brought to the U.S. as children from deportation by shielding them and allows them to work. At least 27,000 of these DACA […]

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New U.S. Nonimmigrant Visa Bans

Since the Trump Administration published new proclamations restricting certain immigrants from entering the U.S. on April 22nd, further proclamations have been expected to be added to restrict the entry of nonimmigrant visa holders. On June 5th, 2020, the Whitehouse, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Homeland Security have agreed to some changes that […]

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USCIS Opening Portland Oregon’s Field Office and Resuming Some Public Services on June 4th, 2020

On May 27th, USCIS announced that it will reopen some domestic offices and resume non-emergency public services on or after June 4th. As a response to the novel COVID-19 pandemic, USCIS had temporarily suspended routine in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers. USCIS has been following the Centers for Disease […]

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Significance of HEROES Act on Immigrants in the United States

Significance of HEROES Act on Immigrants in the United States The U.S. House of Representatives recently introduced the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act (HEROES Act) as their “phase four” 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) stimulus and relief package. The HEROES Act, which House Representatives narrowly passed on May 15, 2020, by a 208 […]

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USCIS Proposed Changes to I-864 Affidavit of Support

USCIS Proposed Changes to Affidavit of Support       USCIS has recently proposed significant changes to the Form I-864 (Affidavit of Support) and other related forms I-864A and I0864EZ. The first proposed change is for U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents who are sponsoring a foreign spouse or relative for green cards to disclose […]

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Can I still sponsor my Spouse, Parent, or Child for a Green Card during Covid-19?

Can I still sponsor my Spouse, Parent, or Child for a Green Card during Covid-19? As COVID-19 disrupts immigration services and proceedings in the U.S., many citizens wonder if they can still petition their relatives. Yes!—if you are a U.S. citizen of at least 21 years of age, you can still sponsor your spouse, parent, […]