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Articles Tagged: United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

No More U-Visas for the 2015 Fiscal Year!


The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has already approved the statutory maximum of 10,000 petitions for U-1 Nonimmigrant Status (U-Visas) for the 2015 fiscal year that began on October 1, 2014.  The cap was reached almost immediately due to the applicants who were on the wait list from the 2014 fiscal year. Unfortunately, this means […]

Leon Rodriguez to Become New Head of USCIS


The US Senate, on Tuesday, June 24, confirmed Leon Rodriguez as the next Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The director is responsible for administering and processing asylum and refugee applications, immigration benefits, and naturalization and visa petitions. Mr. Rodriguez previously served as the Director of the Office for Civil Rights at […]

DHS Softens the Blow of the False Claims to Citizenship Bar

Immigration Reform


With the enactment of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA), Congress introduced a permanent bar to visas, lawful permanent resident status, and naturalization for all noncitizens who make false claims to U.S. citizenship for the purposes of receiving immigration benefits. In the years since its enactment, the academic and legal […]

H-IB Facts and Findings


On July 20, 2010 American Immigration Council’s Legal Action Center filed a lawsuit at the U.S. District Court for District of Columbia against the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and against the Department of Homeland Security ( DHS) on behalf of AILA, the American Immigration Lawyers Association.  This was a result of Freedom […]