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New Hope for Asylum Seekers Turned Away at Border

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A federal judge has agreed to allow the case, Al Otro Lado v. Wolf to proceed as a class action suit. The 14 plaintiffs and their representatives can seek relief for themselves and the thousands of asylum seekers that have been turned away at the borders. Under the Trump Administration’s Migrant Protection Protocol, thousands of […]

The BIA Confirms Double Standard in New NTA Decision

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In a new decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), Matter of Herrera-Vazquez, BIA held that leaving portions empty on the Notice to Appear (NTA) did not render the document defective. The NTA is the charging document that initiates removal proceedings. There are three main components to an NTA: The biographical information, which lists […]

The Effects of Coronavirus on USCIS Processing of Applications and Petitions

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Due to the continued increase in the number of people infected with the novel coronavirus, USCIS and many other agencies instrumental in processing applications for immigration benefits, have shut down or drastically reduced their functions – leaving many applications and petitions in limbo. The Seattle Field Office was the first USCIS office to temporarily close […]

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 […]