On October 1, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began expanding in-person interviews to include green card applicants applying through an employment-based petition (I-485) and relatives of asylees and refugees (I-730). USCIS held a Public Engagement session on October 11, 2017 to provide additional guidance and answer questions and inquiries from the public. Torregoza Legal attended the teleconference and we share our takeaways in this blog post.
On October 11, 2017, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the deployment of facial recognition biometric technology at one Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint at John F. Kennedy International Airport for 30 days for a technical demonstration. CBP is partnering with TSA to utilize international travelers’ photographs taken at TSA’s Terminal 7 international checkpoint to compare against travel document photographs.
On October 8, 2017, the Trump administration released several documents outlining its immigration policy priorities divided into three categories:
The administration sent these documents to Congress as a list of demands that must be included in any legislation addressing the status of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. The Trump administration recently ended DACA, asking Congress to find a legislative fix before the deadline of March 5, 2018, leaving the lives of 800,000 undocumented young Americans hanging in a balance.
On September 18, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced its intention to expand its database containing immigrant information ("Alien Files" or "A Files") to include social media information of all immigrants in the country—even green card holders and naturalized U.S. citizens—a dramatic ramping up of surveillance of virtually anyone in the United States who is not a U.S. citizen by birth.
The B in Lieu of H-1B Visa is a B-1 Business Visitor Visa, with a special annotation by a U.S. Consulate abroad ("B-1 IN LIEU OF H, PER 9 FAM 402.2-5(F)"), allowing a foreign worker to enter the United States and work temporarily for a foreign employer on a discrete project.
Many of our clients and readers have asked this question. Generally, a foreign national here in the U.S. on a specific visa cannot apply for a Green Card or change their visa status after their I-94 expires. This is because only individuals who are considered to be in lawful immigration status may apply to change their immigration status. However, not everyone whose I-94 has expired is considered in violation of their status. This post seeks to clarify how to apply for a Green Card and change or extend your status and what your I-94 signifies.
Based on a new information-sharing partnership between U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA), foreign nationals in certain categories or classifications can now apply for work authorization and a social security number using a single form – the updated Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Fugitive Operations teams arrested 498 individuals from 42 countries for federal immigration violations in multiple cities across the U.S. during a four-day operation that ended Wednesday, September 27, 2017.
Called Operation ‘Safe City,’ the raids focused on so-called Sanctuary jurisdictions - cities and regions with policies of limiting cooperation with Federal immigration enforcement officers.
On Tuesday, September 5th, the Trump administration officially announced ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or the DACA program, which gave undocumented young adults who were brought to the United States as children and grew up Americans work authorization and protection from deportation.
On August 28, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will start implementing in-person interviews on October 1, 2017 for the following:
Torregoza Legal attended a teleconference hosted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman, on September 28, 2017, regarding these new interview requirements. We would like to share with our readers five tips that we've gained from this teleconference.
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