Immigration News Resources

USCIS to Offer Deferred Action for Special Immigrant Juveniles

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that it is updating the USCIS Policy Manual to consider deferred action and related employment authorization for noncitizens who have an approved Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant, for Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) classification but who cannot apply to adjust status to become a lawful permanent resident (LPR) because a visa number is not available.

USCIS Announces Policies to Better Protect Immigrant Children Who Have Been Abused, Neglected, or Abandoned

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced new policies that will provide better protection to immigrant children who are victims of abuse, neglect, abandonment, or similar parental maltreatment.

Obtaining Your Green Card Faster via the Cross-Chargeability Rule

Visa Nation’s Immigration News - March 7, 2022 - 06:50

If you’ve been following the monthly Visa Bulletin released by USCIS,  you may have noticed that it has been less than optimal for many applicants. Those from India, China, Mexico, and the Philippines have had it particularly hard. The Visa Bulletin categorizes the cutoff dates for green card applicants who are current and can have...

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Immigration Help Available to Those Affected by Special Situations, Including the Invasion of Ukraine

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services reminds the public that we offer immigration services that may help people affected by extreme situations, including the invasion of Ukraine.

New Border Surveillance Technology Raises Privacy Concerns and Could Increase Deaths

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced that it has been developing and testing robot dogs for use by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) at the U.S.-Mexico border. The robots are just one of several types of new surveillance technology CBP has implemented or tested. This technology raises privacy concerns for citizens and […]

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Secretary Mayorkas Designates Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status for 18 Months

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the designation of Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months.

Let’s Give a Hand to AILA Members Doing Amazing Pro Bono Work!

AILA's Practice and Professionalism Center works with AILA members to help them engage in pro bono activities; this Think Immigration post is an opportunity to learn and get inspired by three of our recent Pro Bono High Five videos.

USCIS Expands Credit Card Payment Pilot Program to All Service Centers

As part of our credit card payment pilot program, the USCIS service centers are now accepting credit card payments using Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions, for all forms except Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, for H-1B and H-2A petitions.

This USCIS Policy Change Will Reunite Vulnerable LGBTQ Refugee and Asylum Couples

In February, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reversed Trump administration guidance that limited recognition of marriages performed abroad only to those considered “valid” in the country where they took place. This narrow interpretation of the “place-of-celebration” rule left many refugees and asylees without a way to reunite with their partners because they lacked formal […]

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Generations Later, Another Evacuation Effort Stalls

AILA member and volunteer Spojmie Nasiri shares a recent experience when she met a Vietnamese refugee whose story strengthened her resolve to help Afghan evacuees and reminded her of the interconnectedness of all our lives.

Secretary Mayorkas Designates Sudan and Extends and Redesignates South Sudan for Temporary Protected Status

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a new designation of Sudan and an extension and redesignation of South Sudan for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months.

Biden Should Use the State of the Union for a Reset on Immigration

On Tuesday night, President Biden will give his first State of the Union address to a packed House chamber. Other than, perhaps, an early nod to resettling Ukrainian refugees, those of us in the immigration reform movement don’t expect to hear much about our priorities until the big speech’s second half. While immigration won’t be […]

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H-2B Cap Reached for Second Half of FY 2022

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has received enough petitions to meet the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for the second half of fiscal year (FY) 2022.

Immigrant Women are Entrepreneurs

In this blog post, part of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion series, AILA South Florida DEI chair Tarsila Talarico explains the data showing how important a force immigrant women entrepreneurs are and the resilience and strength they bring to bear as they start businesses and benefit the U.S. economy.

USCIS Reaches Fiscal Year 2022 H-1B Cap

USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions needed to reach the congressionally mandated 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap and the 20,000 H-1B visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap, for fiscal year (FY) 2022.

Settlement Thwarts ICE’s Ability to Conduct Warrantless Sweeps

A federal court in Illinois recently approved a settlement agreement governing unlawful, warrantless arrests and vehicle stops. The settlement requires U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to adopt new policies related to warrantless arrests, re-train its officers, and release people from detention if ICE violates the settlement. The case, Castanon Nava v. ICE, was filed […]

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USCIS Launches H-2A Employer Data Hub

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has launched an H-2A Employer Data Hub to provide information to the public on employers or agents petitioning for H-2A workers.

“Wait, But Isn’t Pot Legal?” – Immigration Law and Cannabis Present Traps for the Unwary

AILA 2022 Border Issues Conference Co-Chair Scott Railton describes the current landscape where cannabis legalization and immigration law collide, highlighting how complicated it is and the need for Congress to act.

The New Public Charge Standard Will No Longer Penalize Medicaid and SNAP Recipients

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to clarify the meaning of the “public charge ground of inadmissibility” on February 24. The new guidance will be welcome news for immigrants as well as state governments and immigrant-serving organizations across the country that have worked to combat fear and misinformation around […]

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Favorite Success Tips of AILA Members

As AILA celebrates its 75th year, we invited members to “Share Your Favorite Success Tip Gleaned from AILA,” and we are delighted to share this blog post featuring those tips.

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