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In the past two years, there have been many changes in U.S. asylum law that have had a negative impact on asylum seekers. On January 25, 2019, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP) did nothing to protect the migrants. On the contrary, it made it more difficult for individuals to apply for asylum. Thousands of asylum seekers arriving from Latin American countries without prior authorization to enter the United States, who were immediately placed in […]

For the past few years, usually before it receives a deluge of new H-1B petitions in early April, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has implemented a partial suspension of its Premium Processing service, generally lasting three to six months for H-1B petitions. True to form, USCIS suspended premium processing this year as well, but this time the suspension was across the board for all types of petitions. USCIS justified these […]

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 […]

The global coronavirus has taken an unprecedented toll on intending immigrants navigating through the U.S. immigration system seeking to acquire lawful permanent residency through their U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident qualifying relatives.   For those awaiting an immigrant visa from outside the U.S., this has resulted in at least several […]