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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 26, 2020 – The Trump Administration issued a proclamation on May 29, 2020, that blocks the entry into the United States of certain Chinese students and researchers associated with universities and institutions in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) that have links to the Chinese military. The new restrictions apply to graduate-level or postgraduate students, as well as postdoctoral researchers from the PRC seeking to enter the United States on F or J visas. “The proclamation purports to deny U.S. admission to graduate or higher level students and researchers that have had connections to […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 12, 2020 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced plans to require U.S. citizens who sponsor their family members for permanent resident cards to provide bank account details. According to an April 10, 2020, notice in the Federal Register, the agency will add sections to the required Affidavit of Support documents in which sponsors must supply their bank account information. Under the proposed changes the Affidavit of Support forms will also need to be notarized before being submitted to USCIS. Sponsors are already required to include information about Affidavits submitted in the […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 5, 2020 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the Public Charge rule previously published took effect February 24, 2020, after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted an injunction that blocked its implementation across the United States. The Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling on January 27, 2020, allows the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to enforce its Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds Final Rule. The DHS will apply the final rule nationwide except in Illinois, where a federal court has left an injunction in place barring the policy from taking effect in the […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 12, 2020 – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) denied reports that more than 60 Iranian Americans were detained at the U.S.- Canada border on January 4, 2020 and refused entry to the United States. They were allegedly held for extended periods of time at a port of entry in Blaine, Washington. The detained individuals were trying to return home to the United States after attending an Iranian pop concert in Vancouver, Canada. The Council on American-Islamic Relations said the Iranian Americans were questioned about their political beliefs and allegiances. They also had their […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 28, 2020 – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has proposed to make significant increases to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) filing fees. The new rule would impact filings for many different immigration services, ranging from applications for asylum to naturalization. A notice on the proposed fee hike was posted in the Federal Register on November 14, 2019. DHS has extended the deadline for the public comment period from December 16 to December 30, 2019, to allow stakeholders more time to provide input. “The proposed new fees would nearly double for naturalization applicants, […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 19, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a final rule under which employers filing H-1B cap-subject petitions will be required to pay a $10 nonrefundable fee for each registration they submit to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), once the new electronic registration process is operational. The registration fee requirement is effective December 9, 2019. According to DHS, the $10 fee will support the electronic registration system and help recover some of the costs that are associated with operating and maintaining it. The new process seeks to boost USCIS efficiency […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 8, 2019 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has failed to clear up uncertainty surrounding the implementation of its H1-B electronic registration system. In a letter issued on September 30, 2019, the agency said it is continuing to test the new tool ahead of plans to implement it during the fiscal year 2021 cap season. USCIS Acting Director Kenneth Cuccinelli said the tool was retested earlier in September following a redesign in response to feedback from an initial round of testing. He stated that the agency plans to “conduct further outreach and training” […]


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Charlotte, NC (Law Firm Newswire) November 4, 2019 – Nick Harling and Sheila Sheng both joined the firm in September, bringing with them a wealth of knowledge and invaluable resources to current and future clients. “We are very excited that Nick and Sheila have decided to join Garfinkel Immigration,” co-managing partner Steve Garfinkel said. “Their expertise and extensive experience will increase our already exceptional level of service to clients across numerous industries. “Nick and Sheila are both a natural fit for the firm with outstanding academic achievement, impeccable legal credentials, proven leadership and a commitment to quality service for our […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 4, 2019 – The immigration system has been in turmoil, and the number of delays in processing forms, visas and appeals are multiplying. The delays are occurring in spite of immigration attorneys working hard to provide all requested and required forms and updated materials. The most troubling indication of ever-increasing delays and stonewalling within the immigration system comes in the form of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) markedly distancing themselves from working with immigration attorneys. The USCIS no longer makes the effort to talk to the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association (AILA). “USCIS has […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 23, 2019 – Under the current administration, the immigration system has been experiencing many changes. Due to slower population growth, in the United States and other countries, the need for a college-educated workforce grows. However, the number of student visa denials is increasing. Chinese and Middle Eastern students face increased scrutiny. Moreover, the F-2 spouse and child are being denied visas. The current situation places additional hardship on students and their families. “If you are a student on an F-1 visa, there are several things you must do. For instance, for the Student and […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 7, 2019 – Several pros and cons exist surrounding the decision to file for a premium processing service or not. The premium processing service offers expedited processing for certain employment-based petitions or applications. For those petitions or applications, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) guarantees a 15-calendar day processing, or it refunds the fee. If the fee is repaid, the case continues to receive expedited processing. For those wishing to learn more about the premium processing service, visit here. “For those who wish to file for the premium processing service, you need to […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 30, 2019 – The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and 27 other organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) opposing the discontinuation of a crucial immigration program for military families. The letter, dated July 30, 2019, called on Acting DHS Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan, Acting USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli and DOD Secretary Mark T. Esper to maintain the military Parole in Place (PIP) program to protect the undocumented spouses, children and parents of service members from deportation. […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 24, 2019 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will reopen certain non-military medical deferred action cases that are pending as of August 7, 2019. The announcement came on September 2, 2019 after widespread public criticism in response to the agency’s sudden decision to end its adjudication of such requests. A host of organizations voiced strong opposition to the USCIS policy change and 127 members of Congress wrote a letter calling for the Trump administration to reinstate the program. USCIS said that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would take over the responsibility of processing […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 12, 2019 – A federal judge in Boston issued a preliminary injunction that temporarily blocks U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from making civil immigration arrests of undocumented individuals who enter Massachusetts courthouses. U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani delivered the ruling on June 20, 2019, in a lawsuit challenging an ICE directive that authorizes civil immigration arrests in state courthouses. According to the court order, the preliminary injunction stops ICE and the Department of Homeland Security from arresting immigrants who are visiting or leaving Massachusetts courthouses on “official business” as witnesses or defendants. The […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 6, 2019 – All U.S. work visas have an expiration date and those who hold one must depart the country on or before that date. If that does not happen, the visa holder may face serious consequences. If the work visa currently held by a foreign worker is about to expire, and the goal is to extend the length of time in the United States, the holder much file a request before the initially authorized stay runs out. Usually, it is best to extend a work visa at least 45 days before the authorized […]


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Ridgewood, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) August 3, 2019 – Nachman Phulwani Zimovcak (NPZ) Law Group, P.C. – also known as “VISASERVE” – has relocated its Central New Jersey office to 907 Route 202 in Raritan, NJ 08869. This office is conveniently located near the Somerville Circle and it is also within walking distance (two blocks) from the NJ Transit Train Station-Raritan, providing direct access to Newark Penn Station. The convenient access to multiple major highways and public transportation nodes allows us to better serve our clients in Central New Jersey. Snehal Batra, Esq., will continue to serve as the Managing […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 5, 2019 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is planning to shut all 23 of its international offices by 2020. The Trump Administration has scheduled several target dates for the closures starting June 30, 2019 for offices with minimal workloads. The agency’s international offices are located in 20 countries around the world. USCIS said there were plans to allocate the workload of the foreign stations to the U.S. State Department as well as other agencies to avoid interruptions in service. USCIS anticipate the closures will help maximize resources and free up millions of […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 14, 2019 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a guidance on April 19, 2019, advising lawful permanent residents that controlled substance use remains illegal under federal law and can negatively impact the outcome of a naturalization application. Violations of federal controlled substance laws, including for marijuana use or possession, are generally a basis for denying U.S. citizenship. The new USCIS policy alert reminds naturalization applicants that they could be found to lack good moral character for participating in marijuana-related activities including possession, cultivation, manufacturing, dispensing or distribution. The rule applies even when […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 11, 2019 – The stated intention of the current Administration is to cut back on family-based immigration and instead favor “merit-based” immigration. If such a system were to be put into place, it means the United States would give priority to high-skilled immigrants with degrees who speak fluent English, rather than choose immigrants with immediate relatives in the country. This kind of a merit-based system is similar in nature to how Canada allows immigrants in the country. The problem in the United States is that the proposed changes to the immigration system are relatively […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 21, 2019 – The government shutdown affected many areas of government, including the shuttering of immigration courts. Roughly 400 immigration judges were furloughed. The 35-day shutdown threw the status of thousands of immigrants into limbo because the courts had yet to decide whether they can stay in the country or be deported. As a result of the judges being furloughed, there are over 80,000 cases to be rescheduled to attempt to alleviate the backlog, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. Furloughed immigration judges are only able to hear cases for […]


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