Immigration News Resources

USCIS Updates Public Charge Resources Webpage to Provide Information on the Public Charge Ground of Inadmissibility and Public Benefits Available to Noncitizens

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has updated our public charge resources webpage with more information to help reduce undue fear and confusion among immigrants and their families, including U.S. citizens and their children, that may prevent them from obtaining access to critical government services available to them.

USCIS Releases New Forms for Immigrant Investor Program

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has released two new forms under the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022, which revised INA 203(b)(5).

Hispanic Americans Are Helping Put the Rio Grande Valley on the Map

Located on the U.S.-Mexico border at the southern tip of Texas lies the Rio Grande Valley, or as Texans call it “the Valley” or “RGV.” While the RGV–made up of Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, and Willacy counties–most recently made national news during Texas Governor Abbott’s anti-immigrant blockade, there is so much more to the region.   The […]

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USCIS Expanding Premium Processing for Some I-140 Petitions

Visa Nation’s Immigration News - June 2, 2022 - 14:06

In an official final rule published on May 24, 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it would implement premium processing for certain pending Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, filed under the EB-1 and EB-2 classifications in an effort to “increase efficiency and reduce burdens to the overall legal immigration system.” The...

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Lawsuit Challenges Delays in U.S. Citizenship Application Processing Due to Cave-Stored Files

Thirteen U.S. lawful permanent residents filed a lawsuit to end the delay by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in processing their applications to become U.S. citizens. The excessive delays are now threatening their ability to vote in the November 2022 elections. The plaintiffs each filed their applications in 2020. Yet, they are still waiting […]

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Biden’s New Asylum Rules Go Into Effect On A Limited Basis

The Biden administration’s overhaul of the asylum system went into effect for the first time on May 31, but only a limited basis. According to guidance published by the Department of Homeland Security, the rule will initially be applied to several hundred asylum seekers per month. The rule will only be for those who are […]

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AILA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee at Work

AILA 2021-22 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Chair Ban Al-Wardi shares insights into the committee's accomplishments this year and how the AILA community can engage on various DEI Committee efforts, including the 21-Day Invitation starting June 1.

Cap Reached for Additional Returning Worker H-2B Visas for Second Half of FY 2022

Under the recently announced H-2B supplemental cap temporary final rule increasing the cap by up to 35,000 additional H-2B nonimmigrant visas through the end of fiscal year (FY) 2022, USCIS has received enough petitions to reach the cap for the additional 23,500 visas made available for returning workers only.

Immigration Help Available to Those Affected by Special Situations, Including the Shooting in Uvalde, Texas

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services reminds the public that we offer immigration services that may help people affected by unforeseen circumstances, including the shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

Statement from Secretary Mayorkas on Efficiently and Fairly Processing Asylum Claims

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas released the following statement regarding the implementation of a rule that will ensure that noncitizens placed in expedited removal who are eligible for asylum are granted relief quickly, while those who are not are promptly removed.

Mexico’s Supreme Court Declares Immigration Checkpoints Unconstitutional

Mexico’s Supreme Court released a decision on May 18 that struck down the policy of stopping and searching individuals to check their immigration status as racist and discriminatory—and therefore unconstitutional. Such searches have been part of Mexico’s broad attempt to crack down on migration through its territory, largely due to pressure from the United States […]

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Additional H-2B Visa Available for Second Half of 2022

Visa Nation’s Immigration News - May 25, 2022 - 13:13

Many business owners and employers in the U.S. will be happy to know that the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Labor has made  35,000 additional H-2B seasonal foreign worker visas available for the second half of 2022. These are specifically for employed workers on or after April 1, 2022, through September 30,...

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Detention Ombudsman Reports 52% of Complaints Were About Living Conditions

AILA Policy Counsel Jen Whitlock writes about the Office of the Immigration Detention Ombudsman (OIDO) including the office's history, the data it has shared so far, and some key questions that remain; she urges everyone to use AILA's advocacy tool to tell Congress immigration detention is inhumane and urge change.

With A Gun To Their Head

In this video blog post, AILA Law Student Member Nathan Hall describes why he decided to dig into the issue of the “serious nonpolitical crime” bar and its impact on asylum seekers when he wrote his piece for the April 2022 edition of the AILA Law Journal.

TPS Requirements & Eligibility Complete Guide 2022

Visa Nation’s Immigration News - May 24, 2022 - 11:35

Ukraine and Sudan are the two most recent countries to receive Temporary Protected Status from the United States Department of Homeland Security as a result of the unsafe living conditions from the war with Russia and political unrest in Sudan. It is estimated that there are about 59,600 individuals from Ukraine in the U.S. who...

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USCIS to Implement Premium Processing for Certain Previously Filed EB-1 and EB-2 Form I-140 Petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is implementing premium processing for certain petitioners who have a pending Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, under the EB-1 and EB-2 classifications.

Federal Judge Blocks Termination of Title 42: What You Need to Know

Just three days before Title 42 was set to end on May 23, a federal judge in Louisiana blocked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from ending the controversial policy. With the court order in place, Title 42 is unlikely to be lifted for months, possibly years. As a result, the border remains […]

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Fast Tracking Asylum at the Border will Undermine Due Process

In this blog post, AILA's Amy Grenier walks through the significant due process concerns that have been expressed about the Interim Final Rule on asylum processing from the Biden administration and why having sufficient time, to seek counsel and pull together a substantive claim, is so important.

DHS Announces Registration Process for Temporary Protected Status for Afghanistan

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted for public inspection a Federal Register notice on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Afghanistan.

Utah Once Again Leads by Example on Immigrant Inclusion

As the politics and partisanship of a mid-term election year ramp up, Utah is proving that bipartisan and public-private collaboration is still possible. On May 3, public and private sector leaders came together to launch a New American Task Force to develop a comprehensive strategy to maximize opportunities for—and address some of the main barriers […]

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