August 12, 2019

The Trump administration published a new rule today which will penalize legal immigrants who rely (or might rely) on public programs, such as food stamps and government-subsidized housing.  The rule, known as the Public Charge Rule, is part of a broad new Trump policy...

July 19, 2018

In an alarming shift in visa policy, the Trump administration has empowered USCIS to outright reject visa petitions if the required ‘initial evidence’ wasn’t submitted or if the petition failed to establish eligibility for the visa sought.

The new policy will...

November 21, 2017

The average processing time for naturalization applications has almost doubled, from about five months in early 2016 to an average of almost nine months today, according to a report from the National Partnership With New Americans.

The rise in processing times is likely...

October 24, 2017

Under updated policy guidance, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is instructing its officers to apply the same level of scrutiny to both initial petitions and extension requests for certain nonimmigrant visa categories. The guidance applies to nearly al...

September 28, 2017

USCIS has informed the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) that it will resume premium processing for all types of H-1B petitions October 3, 2017. USCIS had already resumed premium processing service for H-1B Cap cases on September 18, 2017.


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