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COVID-19 Infections Surge by 520% Inside US Immigration Detention Centers

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Since the start of 2022, COVID-19 cases inside US immigration detention centers have surged by 520%. As of January 15, over 17,000 immigrants were being monitored or isolated due to COVID-19. This number represents 8% of the immigrant population in detention centers. According to ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) data, more than 32,000 immigrants have […]

Noncitizens Right to Vote Becomes Law in New York City

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Starting next year, over 8000,000 legal permanent residents in New York will be eligible to vote in municipal elections.  The measure applies to legal residents, including those with green cards, and so-called Dreamers who were brought to the country illegally as children but were allowed to remain under a federal program known as DACA. Although the City Council approved […]

Healthcare Workers May Qualify for Expedited EAD Processing

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Starting December 28, 2021 USCIS began accepting expedite requests for qualifying healthcare workers with pending Employment Authorization Document (EAD) renewal applications. You may request expedited processing if: You are a qualifying healthcare worker (see the “Healthcare/Public Health” section on pages 7-9 of this Department of Homeland Security advisory memorandum to see if you qualify), and […]

DHS Announces Commitment to Enhance Protections for Stateless Individuals in the US

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The Department of Homeland Security announced its commitment to adopt a definition of statelessness for immigration purposes and enhance protections for stateless individuals living in the United States.  Through the adoption of a standardized definition of statelessness, the Department will ensure it can recognize unique barriers encountered by stateless persons and better identify and protect […]

DHS Announces “Hack DHS” Bug Bounty Program to Combat Cybersecurity Fraud

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DHS announced its new “Hack DHS” program. This is a bug bounty program to help identify cybersecurity vulnerabilities within DHS systems and increase the resilience of the department’s cybersecurity. Through Hack DHS, vetted cybersecurity researchers who have been invited to access select external DHS systems (“hackers”) will identify vulnerabilities (“bugs”) that could be exploited by […]

DHS Asking for Public Input on How to Prevent Family Separations at the Border

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DHS is asking the public for its recommendations on how to permanently protect against the prior administration’s practice of intentionally separating families at the border to deter others from migrating to the United States. The Request for Public Input will publish in the Federal Register on Friday, December 10.  Comments will be accepted for 30 days until […]

USCIS Offers Immigration Help to Those Affected By Natural Disasters and Other Unforeseen Circumstances

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In light of the recent natural disasters, USCIS is reminding the public that they offer immigration services to help those affected by these disasters. These services include: Changing a nonimmigrant status or extending a nonimmigrant stay for an individual currently in the United States. Failure to apply for the extension or change before expiration of […]

USCIS Reverts to Old Policy of Criteria for Interviewing Petitioners Requesting Derivative Refugee and Asylee Status For Family Members

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On December 10, 2021 USCIS rescinded a November 2020 memo that required interviews for all petitioners filing Form I-730 for their derivative family members. The old policy places a significant burden on the asylee and refugee population because in addition to the beneficiary interview, the petitioner also had to be interviewed. Effective immediately, USCIS will return […]

USCIS Temporarily Waiving 60 day Rule For Civil Surgeons

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is temporarily waiving the requirement that the civil surgeon sign Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, no more than 60 days before an applicant files an application for the underlying immigration benefit (including Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status), until Sept. 30, 2022. […]