Immigration News

Laws and regulations change often. We stay up-to-date with the latest news and publish all the important updates, including our analysis, as soon as they become available.

Immigration News Articles

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    July 2021 Visa Bulletin: Analysis & Predictions

    Published on June 21, 2021

    One of the biggest parts of getting a green card in the U.S. is waiting for your priority date to be current. For those that have invested the time, effort, and money into an immigrant visa, questions arise such as “How long will it take for my date to be current?” and “Can I speed…

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    Supreme Court Blocks Temporary Protected Status Recipients from Obtaining Green Card

    Published on June 08, 2021

    This week the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that immigrants with Temporary Protected Status can be blocked from applying for a green cards if they entered the United States illegally. The court ruling came in response to the case of Jose and Sonia Gonzales of New Jersey who unlawfully entered the U.S. in 1997 and 1998,…

  • Processing Time

    USCIS Hoping For More Accurate Processing Times with New Calculations

    Published on May 13, 2021

    One of the worst parts about the immigration system is all the waiting. It is not uncommon for clients to check USCIS processing times daily. Fortunately, USCIS is pilot testing what they hope to be a more accurate processing time calculation. The forms in the pilot phase are a sampling of forms used in family-based…

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    Biometrics Requirement to be Waived for Some I-539 Applicants

    Published on May 12, 2021

    On May 3rd, USCIS acting associate director Connie L. Nolan announced that a policy change was being finalized that would waive the biometrics requirement for H-4, L-2, and E dependents, beginning May 17, 2021, and would be expected to expire automatically after two years (May 17, 2023). The policy change is being introduced to reduce…

  • H1b lottery completed

    H1B Lottery Selection Completed | File Your Full Petition by June 30th

    Published on March 29, 2021

    USCIS has announced that they have completed the H1-B lottery and made their selections for the FY 2022 Cap Season. USCIS received over 85,000 registration submissions, so a lottery was necessary. If you were selected in the H-1B lottery, USCIS will notify your employer or lawyer who submitted your registration.

  • Public Charge Rule Blocked

    Trump-Era Public Charge Rule Blocked; Reverts to Old Version

    Published on March 25, 2021

    In the latest public charge rule news, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) formally announced that the Biden Administration would no longer be applying the Trump-era changes to the rule, which made it difficult for lower-income to obtain lawful permanent U.S. residency (i.e., green card). DHS Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas said the Trump-era public charge…

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    Biden Reverses Trump-Era Order Temporarily Banning Some Visas

    Published on February 26, 2021

    In another move by the Biden Administration to reform U.S. immigration policies, On February 24, 2021, Biden reversed a Trump-era immigration ban that blocked the issuance of many green cards and nonimmigrant visas in response to the global pandemic. What was the Trump Immigration Ban? Former President Trump issued the executive order “Suspension of Entry…

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    Biden Citizenship Test Reverts to Pre-Trump Test

    Published on February 23, 2021

    President Biden’s citizenship test will eliminate the Trump administration’s recent change to the test. USCIS issued a policy alert on Monday regarding the Biden Administration’s decision to eliminate the Trump-era naturalization civics test, which was highly criticized for its more stringent questions. Instead, the test will revert to the 2008 version beginning March 1, 2021….