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DACA Recipients Strongly Encouraged to File Renewal Before 2020

The Supreme Court is scheduled to begin hearing arguments for the proposed termination of the DACA program beginning on November 12, 2019. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was temporarily paused when the Trump administration announced in 2017 their intention to end the program...

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State Department Opens up Public Charge Rule and New Health Insurance Form for Public Review

Last week, the Department of State announced an update to the interim final rule following the nationwide injunction of proposed new public charge policies. The interim rule aims to align DOS policies with the Department of Homeland Security, and it specifies that, even though the new policies...

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Bill in the US Congress Strives to Cut Employment-Based Visa Backlog

The U.S. House of Representatives took a step to reduce the immigrant visa backlog for certain countries.  H.R.1044 Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019 passed the House in a 365-65 vote in September and is now before the US Senate as bill number S.386. The proposed law increases...

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Trump Administration Upends Obama's Commitment to Targeting "Felons, not Families" for Deportation

In a small Pacific Northwest community not far from Portland, a rise in deportations has drawn national attention to the methods ICE uses to locate and track its targets, and how data gathered from social media, the DMV, the IRS, and independent data-mining companies out of Silicon Valley is...

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USCIS Releases FY 2019 Stats for Temporary Workers

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published their annual statistics on case processing for nonimmigrant workers, including H-1B, L, and TN petitions. Fiscal Year 2019 (October 2019 through September 2019) continued the trend of lower approval rates and increased Request for...

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USCIS, NVC, and CBP are Becoming Sloppy

While the Trump administration has been actively and diligently working to increase deportations and cut off the flow of illegal immigration to the US, several government agencies behind the scenes -- such as US Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS), the National Visa Center (NVC), and US...

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New Public Charge Rule Blocked by Federal Courts

Last week we wrote about a major upcoming change to the immigration process and urged individuals eligible to apply for green cards to do so immediately in order to avoid complications relating to new financial eligibility laws set to go into effect this week. On Friday afternoon, in a welcome...

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New Health Insurance Requirement Takes Effect November 3rd

Adding to the chaos of the weeks leading up to a major overhaul of the current “public charge” rule and the entire green card application process, the White House has announced that they will now require intending immigrants applying from abroad to prove that they will be covered by...

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File Your Green Card Application Before the New Public Charge Rules

If you’ve been following immigration news, you’ve likely heard the term “public charge” and seen headlines warning that the Trump administration intends to implement new policies and enforce stricter laws on low income individuals and families seeking immigrant benefits....

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The Supreme Court Will Review DACA

After three years of litigation and legal challenges, the future of DACA remains uncertain. However, the “Dreamers” who have been left in limbo may officially find out the fate of the program by the end of this year. Following the Trump administration’s September 2017 decision...

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Oregon's new "real" ID

Thanks to an initial congressional decision made earlier this summer, Oregon is well on its way to joining 13 other states in allowing undocumented individuals to obtain driver’s licenses. This is good news for families and individuals who have faced added hardship in getting to work and...

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New Consequences for Immigrants who Receive Public Benefits

On October 15, 2019 new rules go into effect regarding the admissibility of some immigrant and nonimmigrant applicants.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), through the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is changing how it determines if an applicant may become a public...

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