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On Friday, January 15, 2021, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the suspension of in-person services on January 19 and 20, in a move intended to “ensure the safety of our employees and individuals with appointments” in the event of unrest related to Inauguration Day.  Services will be suspended on January 19 and 20 at […]

The U.S. Department for Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the automatic extension of the validity of Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) to October 4, 2021, for citizens of El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, Honduras, and Nepal with Temporary Protected Status (TPS).   The Trump Administration has sought to terminate the TPS Program for these countries, recently winning a case […]

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the scheduled furlough of more than 13,000 employees has been cancelled and that it expects to be able to maintain operations through September 30, 2020, the end of the fiscal year.  The averted August 30, 2020 furlough would have impacted nearly 70% of the workforce at USCIS and likely would have slowed U.S. immigration […]

On August 3, 2020, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) published a final rule outlining changes to the fees it charges for immigration and naturalization benefit requests. This rule will go into effect on October 2, 2020. While several fees were actually reduced, the new fees represent an average increase of 20%, and some fees increased […]