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Mar 05, 2021

Weekly Immigration Round-Up: U.S. Embassies to Address Visa Backlog; Family Detention Center Closes; Sweeping Immigration Reform Stalls

U.S. Consulates to Prioritize Immigrant Visa Backlog

The Biden administration announced this week that it was directing U.S. embassies and consulates a priority on the processing of fiancé(e) visas and permanent residence visas (better known as “green cards”). The announcement reverses course from the previous administration, which had halted most green card applications filed abroad. » Read More

Feb 26, 2021

Weekly Immigration Round-Up: Biden Restarts Processing Permanent Residence Visas; Court Weakens Deportation Moratorium; Supreme Court Examines Immigrant “Wealth Test”

President Biden Ends Restrictions on Permanent Residence Visas

On Wednesday, the Biden administration announced it was rescinding a Trump-era order halting the issuance of permanent residence visas to most family members of United States citizens and current permanent residents.

The order barred anyone other than the spouse or minor child of a U.S. » Read More

Feb 19, 2021

Weekly Immigration Round-Up: Massive Immigration Reform Bill Goes to Congress; Law Enforcement Officials Support New Jersey Sanctuary City Law

President, Democrats Present Immigration Reform Bill

On Thursday, President Biden and Congressional Democrats released a long-awaited, sweeping bill to provide immigration reform in the United States. New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez will introduce the bill to the U.S. Senate.

The bill will affect millions of individuals, both those currently in the United States and those looking to immigrate to the United States in the future. » Read More

Feb 18, 2021

Executive Office for Immigration Review Update: Motion to Reconsider Denied

The Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) has published a precedential decision in A.S. v. Amazon WebServices Inc., 14 OCAHO no. 1381b (2021). On February 11, 2021, the Hon. Andrea R. » Read More

Jan 30, 2021

Weekly Immigration Round-Up: Halt to Deportation Moratorium; New Leadership Forming at Department of Homeland Security; Biden’s New Executive Actions

Federal Court Freezes 100-Day Deportation Pause

On January 26, 2021, a federal judge in Texas, following a challenge by the Texas State Attorney General’s Office, issued a 14-day nationwide temporary restraining order blocking the enforcement of President Biden’s 100-day pause on most deportations as part of his many executive actions regarding immigration. » Read More

Dec 29, 2020

Supreme Court Denies Trump Administration’s Challenge to Exclude Undocumented Immigrants From Census Count

The United States Supreme Court on December 18, 2020, rejected a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s plan to keep undocumented immigrants out of the census count. This gave the administration a partial victory, which could be temporary. The Supreme Court ruled 6-3, delivering a blow to the Democrats and immigration advocates. » Read More

Dec 01, 2020

Revised U.S. Citizenship Test Harder for Immigrants

On November 13, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced changes to the U.S. citizenship test that lawful permanent residents must pass to naturalize as U.S. citizens. The revisions have increased the number of questions from 100 to 128. Immigrants will be tested on 20 of the questions and must answer 12 correctly, up from six out of ten. » Read More

Sep 18, 2020

DHS Expands Use of Biometric Data in Immigration

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) announced plans to expand the use of biometric data in determining family relationships for immigration purposes. A proposed rule with the new protocols for biometrics use is expected to be published soon. This rule is also said to allow more uses of new technology as they become available. » Read More

Apr 23, 2020

President Trump Bans Certain Immigrant Green Cards for 60 Days

As promised, last night, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order that limits the ability of certain future immigrant visa applicants to enter the United States as lawful permanent residents, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The President’s Executive Order, the “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. » Read More

Mar 19, 2020

The Immigration of Coronavirus

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created an immigration nightmare with changes announced with each passing minute and a level of uncertainty that has only compounded the uncertainty in an already confused and complicated immigration system. Borders across the world have closed to non-citizens. » Read More