Immigration News Resources

USCIS Announces Online Filing for Affirmative Asylum Applications

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today that Form I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal, is available to file online for certain affirmative asylum applicants. USCIS continues to accept the latest paper version of this form by mail.

DHS Announces Countries Eligible for H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Department of State (DOS), has announced the lists of countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B visa programs in the next year.

ICE Fails to Justify Solitary Confinement Placements and Identify Vulnerable Populations

Solitary confinement is widely criticized as a cruel and unnecessary practice. It’s largely unsupported by the public as a disciplinary measure and badly in need of reform. On October 26, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on solitary confinement practices used by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It highlighted the dangers of […]

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Gainesville Takes Steps Toward Immigrant Inclusion With Gateways for Growth Program

Written by Ethan Maia de Needell, Immigrant Programs Manager, Rural Women’s Health Project The immigrant community in Gainesville, Florida has been steadily increasing over the years, already making up over 10% of our total population. Despite this, our local institutions and public agencies have a long way to go to create an environment that is […]

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New Report Shows Disproportionate Abuse of Black Immigrants in Detention

Black immigrants in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) disproportionately face abuse while in detention, a report released last week finds. Published by several organizations including the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) and Freedom for Immigrants (FFI), the report argues that this discriminatory treatment of Black immigrants is the result of […]

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DHS Begins Limited Implementation of DACA under Final Rule

On Monday, October 31, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security’s final rule to preserve and fortify Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) went into effect.

Hiring Foreign Seasonal Workers Doesn’t Hurt American Workers, New Study Finds

Do fewer U.S. workers get hired when employers also hire temporary seasonal labor from abroad? A new study of firms applying for H-2B visas suggests that the answer is no. The H-2B visa allows workers from abroad to enter the United States to fill temporary, non-agricultural jobs that do not require a high level of […]

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What Section 214(B) Visa Denial Means

Visa Nation’s Immigration News - November 3, 2022 - 00:08

Has your visa been denied by a consular officer under Section 214(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act? Millions of visas are denied each year under this section of law. If this is your scenario, you may be confused and wondering what that means and if there is any way to get around it. U.S....

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New Processing Time Method for Orphan and Hague Applications and Petitions

Starting in mid-November, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will change how we calculate processing times for orphan and Hague cases.

IRS Commissioner: Please Grant a Filing Extension for Immigrant Families

In this blog post, AILA member Angela Divaris explains why many immigrant-led households haven't been able to file to receive the expanded Child Tax Credit and why she and other advocates are requesting the IRS Commissioner extend the deadline.

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How to Get a Visa Interview Waiver

Visa Nation’s Immigration News - November 1, 2022 - 12:40

In the United States, as part of the visa process, the Department of State (DOS) requires individuals 14-79 years of age to appear in person for a formal interview conducted by a consular officer. As it stands wait times for scheduling an interview are quite lengthy at U.S. consulates. Some individuals may qualify to have...

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ACICS Loss of Recognition May Affect Certain Students Applying for English Language Study and 24-month STEM OPT Extension Programs, H-1B, and I-140 Applicants

On Aug. 19, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced that it no longer recognizes the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) as an accrediting agency.

Arizona Dreamers’ Chance of In-State Tuition Rely on the Midterm Elections

While it seems like all eyes are on the states that could determine the outcome of this year’s midterm elections, it’s important to remember that the consequences of November 8 will extend beyond the makeup of the 118th United States Congress. This year’s elections could have dramatic, and immediate, consequences at the state and local […]

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Ninth Circuit Decision Expands Due Process for Visa Applicants and Families

AILA member Eric Lee describes the recent win in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in which the court found the "State Department violated due process and the fundamental right to marriage by denying a visa without providing any reason for the denial for three years."

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71% of Immigrants Win Their Cases Thanks to Pro Bono Volunteers with the Immigration Justice Campaign

Every year at the end of October, legal service providers come together to celebrate Pro Bono Week. It is a dedicated opportunity to acknowledge the amazing work that our volunteers do—work that is the foundation of the American Immigration Council’s Immigration Justice Campaign. In an immigration system that is set up to make it almost […]

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Anti-Immigrant Sentiment is Threatening to Drown an Initiative in Massachusetts

AILA member Anthony Pawelski describes the ways in which a change to Massachusetts law will benefit public safety, create efficiency, and increase state revenue, and why he is supporting the effort to take immigration status out of the driver's license application process.

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USCIS Will Only Consider CW-1 Petitions Approved and with Starting Validity on or after June 18, 2020, when Applying the Temporary Departure Requirement

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is clarifying its Aug. 25, 2020, policy on implementing the requirement that workers leave the United States for at least 30 days after two renewals of their CNMI-Only Transitional Worker (CW-1) visa classification.

USCIS Updates Naturalization Policies to Aid Disabled Applicants 

Visa Nation’s Immigration News - October 26, 2022 - 15:25

On October 19, 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced they revised some naturalization policies to make the process more approachable for applicants who have physical or developmental disabilities which prevent them from fulfilling some of the testing requirements. This change comes in lieu of the Biden Administration’s efforts to further remove barriers for those...

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