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Rewrite of USCIS Mission Statement Cannot Change America’s Identity as a Nation of Immigrants

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) expresses its deep disappointment at the Trump administration’s rewrite of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) mission statement to, among other things, remove the phrase “a nation of immigrants.” “Removing words in the USCIS mission statement cannot change the proud history of our country whose Read More

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Congratulations Dreamers: Secretary Napolitano Announces Deferred Action Process for Young People Who Are Low Enforcement Priorities

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced that effective immediately, certain young people who were brought to the United States as young children, do not present a risk to national security or public safety, and meet several key criteria will be considered for relief from removal from the country or from entering into removal proceedings. Those who demonstrate Read More

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USCIS to Centralize Filing and Adjudication for Certain Waviers of Inadmissibility in the United States

New System Will Standardize Process for Immigrant Visa Applicants Worldwide Beginning June 4, 2012, individuals abroad who have applied for certain visas and have been found ineligible by a U.S. Consular Officer, will be able to mail requests to waive certain grounds of inadmissibility directly to a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Lockbox facility. Read More

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USCIS Changes Look and Feel of Form I-797C

On April 2, 2012, USCIS  issued Form I-797C, Notice of Action, with a new look and feel. USCIS will print the Form I-797C on plain bond paper. This change is estimated to save the agency about $1.1 million per year. This form change will help reduce public perception that the Form I-797C demonstrates evidence of Read More

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USCIS Proposes Process Change for Certain Waivers of Inadmissibility

Proposal would reduce time that U.S. citizens are separated from immediate relatives U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register  that would reduce the time U.S. citizens are separated from their spouses, children, and parents (i.e. immediate relatives) who must obtain an immigrant visa abroad to become Read More

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Secretary Napolitano Announced

Secretary Napolitano announced the designation of Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), based on deteriorating security conditions in Syria. The effective dates for the designation, as well as dates and procedures for the TPS registration process, will be detailed in a Federal Register notice that publishes next week. Applications should not be submitted until the Read More

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I-601 Provisional Waiver Is Not in Effect, Yet.

USCIS is considering changes that would allow certain immediate relatives (the spouse, children or parents of a U.S. citizen) who can demonstrate extreme hardship to a U.S. citizen spouse or parent to receive a provisional waiver of the unlawful presence bars before leaving the United States. These procedures are not in effect and will not Read More

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The new Queens Field Office.

USCIS FIELD OFFICE IN QUEENS, NEW YORK   QUEENS FIELD OFFICE 27-35 JACKSON AVENUE QUEENS, NEW YORK 11101 The new Queens Field Office is a full-service USCIS facility with the capacity of approximately 500 customers a day. The office will serve residents of Queens and Brooklyn. The new facility is the result of a national Read More

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What Was True Purpose of Immigration “Road Show”?

The House of Representatives’ unprecedented series of after-the-fact immigration “hearings” has finally, mercifully, concluded. Pre-empting the standard process for reconciling differences between House and Senate bills, House leaders decreed the Senate immigration bill contrary to the will of the people and, purportedly to prove that dubious assertion, staged some 30-odd “field hearings” around the country. Read More

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American Immigration Lawyers Association Exposes Immigration Myths

America is a country of immigrants; yet today, the subject of immigration is quite controversial. The issue divides communities and politicians alike due to the many misconceptions that abound surrounding this matter. The United States currently houses a larger population of undocumented migrants than at any point in its history. In the 1990s, more than Read More

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