President Trump is considering the expansion of his travel ban to citizens of Syria, Yemen, Iran, Libya, Somalia, North Korea, and Venezuela. Countries the President intends to extend the restrictions to are, Belarus, Myanmar (also known as Burma), Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania. The travel ban prevents them from securing US visas abroad.

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Trump Weighs Travel Ban Expansion for citizens of Belarus, Kyrgyzstan

President Trump is considering the expansion of his travel ban to citizens of Syria, Yemen, Iran, Libya, Somalia, North Korea, and Venezuela. Countries the President intends to extend the restrictions to are, Belarus, Myanmar (also known as Burma), Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania. The travel ban prevents them from securing US visas abroad. https://www.aila.org/advo-media/news/clips/daily-immigration-news-clips-january-22-2020?utm_source=AILA+Mailing&utm_campaign=f21eeee796-AILA8_01_22_2020&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3c0e619096-f21eeee796-291895141

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USCIS to Permanently Close Field Offices in Peru and Germany

USCIS has announced that it will permanently close its field offices in Lima Peru, and Frankfurt, Germany, on January 31, 2020. For more information on all USCIS Field Office closures abroad, please visit the link below: https://www.aila.org/infonet/uscis-to-close-all-international-offices-by-2020?utm_source=AILA+Mailing&utm_campaign=f21eeee796-AILA8_01_22_2020&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3c0e619096-f21eeee796-291895141

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USCIS Ends E 1 and E 2 Visa Eligibility for Iranian Nationals

USCIS announced that the 1955 Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations, and Consular Rights with Iran was terminated. Consequently, Iranian nationals do not qualify any more to apply for E-1 and E-2 treaty investor’s visa or extend their current visas. The USCIS intends to send Notices of Intent to Deny (NOID) to all Iranian applicants who filed applications for E-1 or E-2 visas. https://www.aila.org/infonet/uscis-announces-end-of-e-1-and-e-2-visa-iranian?utm_source=AILA+Mailing&utm_campaign=f21eeee796-AILA8_01_22_2020&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3c0e619096-f21eeee796-291895141

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USCIS began the Enforcement of Public Charge Rule on February 24, 2020

On Monday February 24, 2020, the USCIS began implementing the PUBLIC CHARGE Rule, which affects all immigrants applying for green cards or adjustment of status, change of status, and those seeking to extend their visas within the US. There are a few categories of immigrants exempted from the new rule, namely; refugees, asylees, some T and U visa applicants, and some Violence Against Women’s Act non-immigrant visa applicants. The rule applies to benefits received on or after February 24, 2020. To be a…

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Greyhound to Stop Allowing Immigration Checks on Buses

Greyhound, the nation's largest intercity bus company has decided not to allow US Border Patrol Agents to conduct searches of its patrons on its buses, unless an agent(s) has a court issued warrant for the search.  The practice has been for the Border Patrol agents to arbitrarily board greyhound buses wherever to conduct checks on passengers to verify their citizenship or immigration status in the US. We will like to remind all our readers that, the Border Patrol agents can still…

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New Visa Restrictions Set Off ‘Panic Wave’ in Immigrant Communities

President Trump’s new travel ban that went into effect on January 31, 2020, has hit immigrant communities and the nations affected with panic, uncertainty, outrage, fear and hopelessness. Families are not sure of how long they will have to wait to be reunited with their families in the US. The direct effect of the law is it disqualifies citizens of Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar (Burma) and Nigeria from legally immigrating permanently to the US. That means relatives including spouses, children and…

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DOS Provides Information for Exchange Visitors Whose Travel Is Impacted by Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

The State Department has provided new guidelines for exchange visitors (J-1), currently in the US legally because of the outbreak of the Coronavirus.  Under the guidelines, the USCIS may under extreme circumstances, extend or change the status of student in this category, and sometimes approve student work authorization for the student who cannot leave the US at the end of their visas because of the fear of the disease in their native country. Also, those exchange students subject to the two-year…

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USCIS OFFICES TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC; CASE FILINGS & ADJUDUCATION CONTINUE

Beginning Wednesday March 18, 2020, USCIS is suspending all regular in-person services, including application/petition interviews until at least April 1, 2020, in an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus. There is an allowance for limited emergency in-person services, however.  USCIS offices and the staff will continue to provide none person-to-person contact services to the public during the period. USCIS will shortly send re-scheduled interview notices to applicants (including asylum applicants) and petitioners whose appointments have been affected by…

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ICE TO STOP MOST IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT INSIDE THE US. FOCUS NOW WILL BE ON CRIMINALS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

Immigration and Customs Enforcements (ICE) has announced the suspension of enforcements - arrests, detentions and deportations across the U.S. temporarily, due to the coronavirus outbreak. ICE will for in the meantime, focus its attention on arresting and deporting only foreign nationals with criminal records, and convictions, and those deemed to pose a danger to the public safety of the US. ICE emphasizes that no foreign national will be arrested at hospitals, doctors’ offices, health clinics and urgent care facilities so people would…

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BALTIMORE ICE FIELD OFFICE HAS CANCELLED ALL CHECK-IN APPOINTMENTS

Staring March 18, 2020, the ICE Baltimore Field Office has suspended and cancelled all in-person check-in appointments until May 1, 2020.  The office however, stresses that those affected should check-in at their usual reporting locations if they do not receive new notices with new appointment dates and times by May 1, 2020. During the timeframe of this suspension, ICE shall not enforce missed check-ins until May 1, 2020. ERO Washington Fairfax office will be closed to the public and will…

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