USCIS is releasing a new form --- Form I-942, which be effective on Dec. 23, 2016, allows for a reduced fee for naturalization applicants whose household incomes are greater than 150 percent and not more than 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
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The USCIS (Department of Homeland Security) has revised the I-9 form which must be used by all businesses to record the status of ALL new hires (not just foreign nationals). Failure to use and maintain this form can subject a business to substantial penalties.
USCIS recently began allowing certain Filipino World War II veteran family members who are beneficiaries of approved family-based immigrant visa petitions an opportunity to receive a discretionary grant o
The the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) has extended the designation of Nepal for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for a period of 18 months, effective December 25, 2016, through June 24, 2018.
NEW Fees for USCIS applications and Petitions, Effective Dec 23, 2016
A recent change affects all those who will be filing asylum applications in connection with immigration court proceedings (Defensive Filings). The recently issued policy memorandum, issued September 14, 2016, details the changes, which will expedite the filing process and eliminate the prior requirement that asylum applications needed to be filed in court.
Expansion of I-601A Waiver Announced
On July 29, 2016, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, announced expansion for eligibility of the I-601A waiver for unlawful presence “to all individuals who are statutorily eligible for the waiver”.
The 4th Circuit Ct of Appeals: D.C. Code § 48-904.01(a) (possession with intent traffic in a contolled substance) is divisible under the categorical approach
"It’s as if . . . the President is setting the policy and the Congress is executing it. That’s just upside down." - Justice Anthony Kennedy (April 19, 2016 - Supreme Court Argument)
Respectfully, Justice Kennedy, nothing is upside down. The system is working, poorly perhaps, but as intended when one branch abdicates its responsibility to fix an unworkable situation. The government had to do something, the President has acted by necessity, the consequence of Congressional inaction. His limited efforts to stabilize our society should be allow to proceed.