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Jul 30, 2021

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: NJ Driver’s Licenses Skyrocket; White House Seeks Speedier Processing at Border and With Asylum Cases; COVID Restrictions to Continue at U.S. Border

New Jersey Sees Dramatic Increase in Driver’s Licenses after Permitting Undocumented Individuals to Apply

The state of New Jersey has seen a more than 60% increase in new driver’s licenses issued since May 1, as the new state law took effect law that permitted residents to obtain licenses regardless of immigration status. » Read More

May 27, 2021

Biden Administration Lifts Rule to Narrow H-1B Definition of “Specialty Occupation”

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has formally removed the rule that would have redefined the H-1B specialty occupations. The rule was also set to restrict the off-site replacement of H-1B employees and increase employer compliance requirements.

On May 20, 2021, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), issued a statement confirming that the DHS has removed the Interim Final Rule issued in October 2020, which has since been vacated by a federal district court. » Read More

May 13, 2021

Immigrant Workers’ Rights – May Day Rally Held in Allentown

Make the Road Pennsylvania’s Allentown chapter organized the May Day rally advocating immigrant workers’ rights – emphasizing undocumented workers. Along with demanding minimum pay and labor rights for undocumented workers, advocates urged the Biden administration to grant citizenship to the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. » Read More

Mar 30, 2021

Three Stimulus Packages, and Undocumented Immigrants Still Struggle Without Aid

About 90 million people have received their third wave of stimulus checks, according to a joint letter by the Internal Revenue Service and the Social Security Administration, and many still await help. Immigrants who are desperate for relief will not receive any aid due to their undocumented status. » Read More

Mar 25, 2021

Biden Taps Harris to Lead Response to Immigration Crisis on the Southern Border

President Joe Biden announced yesterday that he has appointed Vice President Kamala Harris to lead the administration’s efforts to stem the flow of migrants seeking entry into the United States. As the number seeking to cross the U.S. southern border continues to soar, Harris will address this issue by seeking cooperation with Mexico and the Northern Triangle countries. » Read More

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 11, 2021

James McHenry, Trump Appointed Head of Immigration Courts, Replaced by Jean King

James McHenry, Director of the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR), who took office during the Trump administration, has stepped down from his role effective January 31, 2021. This move comes as the Biden administration replaces top government officials. The EOIR, a sub-agency of the United States Department of Justice, primarily conducts removal proceedings of noncitizens and adjudicates appeals arising from such removal proceedings. » Read More