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Apr 09, 2021

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Visa Processing Resumes for Thousands of Foreign Workers; Report Finds Severe Overcrowding at Immigration Detention Centers; No Immigration Enforcement at COVID-19 Vaccination Sites

Certain Nonimmigrant Visa Processing to Recommence

The U.S. Department of State has announced new visa processing procedures after President Biden allowed the expiration of visa restrictions that had barred entry for numerous temporary workers. These included multinational managers and executives, specialty occupation employees, non-agricultural laborers (including landscapers, camp counselors, resort employees), au pairs, and exchange students, and many others. » Read More

Apr 02, 2021

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Driver’s Licenses Available to Undocumented Immigrants in New Jersey; Ban on Foreign Workers Lapses; Undocumented New Jersey Taxpayers Seek COVID-19 Relief

Undocumented Immigrants in New Jersey Can Receive Driver’s Licenses

Residents of New Jersey are now eligible to apply for a state driver’s license regardless of an undocumented immigration status.

Those applying for the driver’s license are required to show proof of age, identity, and residence to start the application process. » 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 19, 2021

Weekly Immigration Round-up: Sharp Increase in Border Crossings; New Immigration Court Rules Blocked; New Jersey County Sues State Over Enforcement Policy

Border Crossings on Pace to Reach Highest Level in Twenty Years

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced on Tuesday, March 16, that the number of border crossings at the southern border of the United States is expected to reach its highest level in the past twenty years, raising concerns about safety as both the Biden administration and Congress debate more long-term changes to U.S. » Read More

Mar 04, 2021

Completing Form I-9: Employees With Extended Work Permit for DACA Extensions and Extensions for Permanent Resident Cards

Applicants for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) receive a work permit in the form of the Employment Authorization Document (EAD), which is subject to timely renewal. Owing to COVID-19, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is facing substantial delay in processing EAD applications. » Read More

Jan 21, 2021

Online Tools to Decrease Wait Times in Immigration During COVID

Owing to the pandemic, federal immigration agencies are facing significant delays in processing various immigration applications. On January 8, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) acknowledged delays in processing as the result of COVID-19 restrictions, increases in filings, and current postal service volume and other factors. » Read More

Jan 19, 2021

USCIS Announces Delays in Biometric Appointments Due to COVID-19

Earlier this month, U.S. immigration authorities provided the first-ever update about the situation at Application Support Centers, when United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced delays in issuing receipt notices for some applications filed at the USCIS lockbox facility. In a sense, the agency’s issues date back almost to the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, when in-person services at USCIS offices were canceled from March to June of 2020. » Read More

Jan 14, 2021

Study Says 69% of Undocumented Immigrant Workers Hold Essential Jobs to Fight COVID

A new study released by the pro-immigrant reform group, FWD.us, shows that more than two-thirds of undocumented immigrant workers have frontline jobs considered essential to the U.S. fight against COVID-19. According to the 2019 American Community Survey by the Census Bureau, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that 69% of undocumented immigrant workers hold jobs that are deemed essential. » Read More

Jan 05, 2021

Mixed-Status Families to Finally Receive Stimulus Checks

Last week, Congress passed the $900 billion coronavirus relief package that was signed into law by President Donald Trump on December 27, 2020. In this package, the U.S. government will allow mixed-status households to receive stimulus checks. In mixed-status families, at least one member of the household must have a Social Security number (SSN). » Read More