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USCIS To Use Old Fingerprints In Order To Continue to Process EAD Applications

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it will use previously submitted biometrics in order to continue processing employment authorization applications while Application Support Centers (ASC) remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants who had biometics appointments scheduled on or after the March 18 ASC closure will have their applications process normally […]

Activists Urging for Stimulus Package to Include Immigrants

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Activists are pleading with Congress to include immigrants in its relief packages. The Senate has yet to advance the Coronavirus Stimulus Package. Democrats have been very vocal against the stimulus package, stating more than $500 million of the $2 trillion it would cost, would go to large corporations, seemingly undeserving of the funds. If the […]

Department of State Temporarily Suspends Routine Visa Services

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The Department of State has announced t is temporarily suspending routine visa services at all U.S. embassies and consulates because of the coronavirus.The Department had previously suspended visa services in countries in like Spain and South Korea, but has now moved to suspend the services worldwide.U.S. embassies and consulates will continue to provide urgent and emergency […]

Updates to EOIR and USCIS Amid Coronavirus

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USCIS UPDATE: As of March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has suspended routine in-person services until at least April 1 to help slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). This includes any scheduled appointments, interviews, InfoPass appointments, asylum interviews and fingerprint appointments (Application Support Center). USCIS will send notices to any scheduled appointment that was […]

The Impact of Coronavirus on Immigration

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With new reports of individuals infected with the virus on the rise daily, the immigration system at large has begun to feel the effects. USCIS has started shutting down offices, causing further delays in case processing. USCIS closed its Seattle Field Office on March 3rd after learning one of its officers visited a Care Center […]

End of Visas for Iranian Nationals

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the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that Iranian nationals are no longer eligible for E-1 treaty trader and E-2 treaty investor changes or extensions of status based on that treaty. This change comes due to the October 3, 2018 termination of the 1955 Treat of Amity, Economic Relationship, and Consular Rights with […]

Liberians Now Eligible for Permanent Resident Status Under New Law

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The Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF) Act was passed December 2019 as a small subsection in the national Defense Authorization Act. The LRIF Act has opened a one-year window for eligible Liberians to apply for adjustment of status. This window closes December 20, 2020. Due to the civil war that broke out in Liberia in […]

Changes to Work Permit Eligibility for Asylum Seekers

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The Department of Homeland Security has proposed a new regulation that would drastically change eligibility for asylum seekers to obtain employment authorization. PROPOSED NEW RULE 1)A person seeking asylum will be denied a work permit if they entered the U.S. without inspection at a port of entry. This rule would apply not only to new […]

ICE Use of Social Media

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EMAILS SENT BY Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials expose how ICE used social media information gleaned by for-profit data brokers to track down and arrest an immigrant in Southern California. In the emails, which were disclosed in federal court filings, officials discussed the relationship status of the person, noting that he was “broken hearted,” according to Facebook […]