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We wish President Joe Biden good luck with the new administration! We heard about anticipated immigration changes being a priority. Vice President Harris identified two groups that could qualify for automatic permanent residence: Deferred Action/DACA "dreamers" group and TPS holders! Check out our latest TTT (Tuesday Tips at Two) video about the proposed changes.
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Our Tuesday Tips video last week spoke about the possibility of DACA being open again to first time applicants. Yesterday USCIS announced that they will accept new applicants. Knowing the back and forth history of DACA over the past few years, anyone who is eligible, should apply ASAP!
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We woke up to great news! There is a stop order (aka Temporary Injunction) on the immigration application fee increase scheduled for this Friday, Oct. 2nd! We've been working around the clock on client cases to make sure they avoid the hike in prices. Now the fee increase is put to a stop for now...
What does this mean?
Many of my clients who wanted to file for certain immigration benefits were facing a potential huge fee increase if they didn't file by October 1, 2020 (TOMORROW)! This new injunction gives folks more time to gather their evidence and their money to apply for immigration benefits at the current posted fees. Immigration will definitely get their boxing gloves to fight about this. But for now, the fees stay the same for the time being.
Immigration application fees will be increasing on October 2, 2020! Some of the fees are going up by over 80%. If you have been thinking about applying for an immigration benefit like naturalization or permanent residence based on marriage to a U.S. citizen, please file your application soon to avoid paying the higher fees beginning next month!
You're hired. Great! But wait a minute, have you completed all the documentation proving you are legally permitted to work? Small businesses, are you aware of the all the documentation required from your new hire? Watch our latest video about tips regarding the Form I-9 employment verification form that a new hire should complete.
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DACA Just Hit a STOP Sign
Unfortunately, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that they will not accept initial applicants for DACA. Just ten days ago a District Court judge in Maryland ordered U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to begin accepting initial applicants.
We have been rushing to apply for our clients since we thought that the Trump administration would try to put the brakes on DACA. We didn't think it would be this soon. There will certainly be litigation about this program in the near future.
DACA is BACK!!!
July 17, 2020, a U.S. District Judge in Maryland ordered U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") to begin accepting new applications for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). I've had several young people over the past few years asking if they could apply for the program. The ability to apply as a first time applicant was suspended in 2017 under the Trump administration.
Following a 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding DACA in June 2020, a District Court decided that USCIS must accept new applications!
This is great news! We're offering 10 minute phone consultations for DACA inquiries ONLY for a limited time. Contact us today!
Student Visas Are Now Back On!
Department of Homeland Security announced earlier this month how F-1 student visa holders would meet new restrictions if their intended schools/universities were to hold ONLINE ONLY classes this upcoming semester.
This threw many clients into a panic since the new semester is to begin next month! MIT and Harvard joined in a lawsuit to contest the new policy. Many companies and states also filed lawsuits.
Yesterday, it was announced that the Trump administration is rescinding the policy. Therefore, F-1 student visa holders may remain in the United States even if their school/university is holding classes only ONLINE this semester.
Surprise! Two prominent U.S. universities filed a lawsuit today in response to the new temporary final order issued by the Department of Homeland Security "DHS" yesterday.
As stated in my last post, foreign F-1 student visa holders enrolled in universities who will have ONLINE ONLY classes this upcoming semester may not remain in the United States. The government's position is that with online only classes, the foreign student does not need to be in the U.S. in order to pursue coursework.
The lawsuit filed by MIT and Harvard argue that this new rule will negatively impact students who are in the middle of pursuing or about to start studies supporting a future career.
This fight isn't over. With classes supposed to start next month, we'll see what happens.
The Department of Homeland Security issued a new temporary final rule stating that student visa holders who are attending universities that plan to offer ONLINE ONLY class in the upcoming fall semester will not be permitted to remain in the United States.
Sara Goldberg is an immigration attorney in Houston, Texas, representing clients from all around the world.