Last night, in an almost unprecedented move, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ordered the State Department to reserve 9,095 additional diversity visas on top of the 3,208 issued since the court's initial September 4, 2020, order and the 15,401 issued so far for DV-2020 selectees.
Therefore, if you were selected in the DV-2020 lottery you might want to contact our office regarding the new process of applying for adjustment of status or consular processing based on that.
Not surprisingly, the initiative to change the terms of stay of international students and journalists is coming from Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Deputy Secretary, Ken Cuccinelli, who has always opposed the flow of immigrants to the United States.
The proposed rule would change the existing regulations in 30 days after publication, which means in a matter of days from now.
All individuals currently holding status F, J, or I would be affected, as would be future applicants.
Ø The new…
On August 12, 2020, U.S. Department of State has issued a new advisory with new details and substantially broadened exceptions to the general ban on issuance of new H/L/J visas.
For example, the following qualifications are applicable to L-1 Visa applicants:
Travel by a senior-level executive or manager filling a critical business need of an employer meeting a critical infrastructure need. Critical infrastructure sectors include chemical, communications, dams, defense industrial base, emergency services, energy, financial services, food and…
USCIS has temporarily suspended the Public Charge Rule requirements that dramatically affected most family-based, employment-based green card applications, and applications for change, and extension of status since February 24, 2020.
The Service was enforcing the public charge rule requirements to ensure that the applicants will not become a public charge in the US.
We advise our clients to take advantage of this temporary respite to file their green card applications before the rule is revived later, if ever.
Please contact the attorney…
Effective October 2, 2020, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is increasing its processing fees for a wide range of immigration petitions and applications. For example, the application fees for filing Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative will go up from $535 to $560; the Application to Adjust Status or the Green Card Application fees have gone up from $1,140 to $2,270, and applications for Naturalization/Citizenship will be $ $1,170, instead of the current $640.
Additionally, the new regulations…
Immigration Justice Campaign has prepared a model comment (https://www.aila.org/takeaction#/82 ) that allows the public to easily and quickly submit a comment opposing the June 15th proposed rule that seeks to make multiple changes to the procedures for asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under CAT.
To date, more than 34,000 comments have been submitted to the government on the proposed rule. The government must review and respond to each *unique* comment before finalizing and implementing the rule. Hence, the more…
WASHINGTON – The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced modifications Monday to temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking online classes due to the pandemic for the fall 2020 semester.
Temporary exemptions for the fall 2020 semester include:
Nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 students attending schools operating entirely online may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States. The U.S. Department of State will not issue visas to students enrolled in schools and/or programs that are fully online for…
We would like to alert our clients that USCIS is taking a new approach to the definition of what constitutes ‘unauthorized employment’ in the United States. Unauthorized employment is any service or labor performed for an employer within or outside the United States by an alien who is not authorized by the INA or USCIS to accept employment or who exceeds the scope or period of the alien’s employment authorization.
The term applies to different scenarios including the following:
The State Department has defined the scope of the jurisdiction of LegalNet (LegalNet@State.gov). LegalNet is an email service provided by the Department of State to attorneys for submitting a request for review for visa denials at US Consulates and Embassies by the Department. Apparently, only visas that are denied based on a misapplication of the law by the officer, and the facts in the case are not in dispute, can be submitted through the email address (LegalNet@State.gov), for a review.…
The Trump Administration is proposing a change in the guidelines for issuing visas at US Consulates and Embassies to women potentially pregnant to end them entering to give birth in the US. The details of the new law will become public shortly but its practical implementation is yet unknown. The new law is likely to severely undercut the foreign income received by hospitals assisting in birth. Attorney Krukova has recently been quoted in news agency RIA Novosti interview which can…