Month: March 2020

RFEs and NOIDS COVID-19 Update

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today that it is adopting measures to minimize the immigration consequences associated with responding to requests for evidence (RFEs) and notices of intent to deny (NOIDs) dated between March 1 and May 1, 2020. Requests for Evidence and Notices of Intent to Deny For applicants and petitioners who receive an RFE or NOID dated between March 1 and May 1, 2020, any responses submitted within 60 calendar days after the response deadline set forth in the RFE or NOID will be considered by USCIS...

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Video hearings become more common for detained children

The images of detained immigrant children have sparked concerns in Indiana and across the country, and some worry that the increased use of video hearings to process their cases may impose additional challenges. Video hearings, rather than in-person court sessions, are being used in more cases involving immigrant children, often those who are held in detention or who are unaccompanied minors. Many of the hearings have taken place in Houston while the judge hearing the cases is in Atlanta. However, some advocates believe that this policy may be expanded nationwide. The hearings have included...

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Indiana naturalization ceremonies return on a limited basis

Newly naturalized citizens are once again able to swear their allegiance to America and receive their naturalization certificates in the state of Indiana. However, not as many people are attending these services as they did before the virus outbreak. The doors to the Immigration Welcome Center in Indianapolis had been closed to visitors for three months. This is the place where immigrants can find information on current events in immigration law and perform the steps necessary to facilitate their own process for naturalization. The center shut down as part of the effort to stop the spread of...

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