Current Events In Immigration Law

Immigration fees and filing schedules changing

Many people with employment-based visas in Indiana allowing them to live and work in the United States want to adjust their status to apply for a green card or permanent residency in the United States. Applicants from a number of countries, especially mainland China and India, have lengthy backlogs for some types of applications to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and the monthly Visa Bulletin issued by the agency provides details on eligibility as well as changes to the fee structure. New fiscal year begins October 1 USCIS launches its new fiscal year on October 1, and the...

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ICE to target sanctuary cities

Indiana residents may have heard that in September, the Trump Administration began planning to conduct a variety of immigration enforcement operations across sanctuary cities. The operations will be carried out by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. These operations will occur within certain cities of California as well as Denver and Philadelphia. There have been speculations that the operations will stretch out into other states in the country too. When will these operations occur? The Homeland Security secretary is reportedly planning to be present within these locations when the...

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DACA recipients file lawsuit against Trump immigration policies

Undocumented immigrants in Indiana and the rest of America who benefitted from the protections provided by the Obama administration through the DACA program are banding together to fight against an effort by the Trump Administration to weaken the program. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals The Obama-era Immigration program began in 2012 and protected immigrants who arrived in America illegally as children from deportation. The Supreme Court shot down an attempt by the Trump Administration to end the program outright in the summer of 2020. A month or so after the Supreme Court ruling, the...

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Online classes cause immigration issue for international students

International students in Indiana and other parts of the United States who are pursuing an education may soon be forced to leave the country. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that international students will have to leave the country if classes at the university they attend are completely online this fall. Students who do not comply with this order will risk deportation. Those knowledgeable about current events in immigration law explain that the visas that allow these students to reside in the United States will not allow them to take a full slate of classes online and...

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The backlog of immigration cases confirmed

Residents of Indianapolis may have heard the courts confirm that there is a backlog of immigration cases to be heard. Because of the pandemic, undocumented immigrants will most likely have to wait longer for a hearing. According to reports, those who are already in detention centers will have to wait three to six months for Chicago's immigration court. Others who are not detained may have to wait at least five years; this is due to the backlog during the COVID-19 pandemic. Only 10 judges oversee thousands of cases; they are responsible for Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. With not...

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Green card renewal denial is on the rise

In Indiana and across the U.S., the likelihood of immigrants being denied a green card renewal has been on the rise. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services reports that it rejects roughly 8% of green card applications and petitions. Thousands more green card renewal applications are denied by the USCIS. Specifically, the USCIS denied an average of 30,242 green card renewal applicants per year during fiscal years 2016-2017. For fiscal years 2018-2019, the average shot up to 103,140 applicants per year that were denied green card renewals. When an applicant is denied a green card...

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How the immigration freeze will affect employment visas

Foreign nationals may be affected by immigration changes announced by the United States government on April 21. The H1-B and EB-5 visas are both exempt from the changes, but individuals who wish to move to Indiana on either of these visas may encounter other obstacles. Danger for the H-1B visa? The immigration freeze, which is supposed to last for 60 days, does not affect several other categories, including science and health professionals working on COVID-19 as well as spouses and eligible family members of lawful permanent residents and citizens. However, the U.S. government's focus on...

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Draft executive order tightens restrictions on H-1B worker visas

Employers in Indiana with foreign technology workers in the country on the H1-B visa program may soon face new restrictions and requirements. A draft executive order from President Donald Trump will place a stronger emphasis on protecting American workers. The executive order would call on technology workers already here with H1-B visas to submit updated information about their certifications. Their paperwork must indicate that they are not displacing Americans who could be doing their jobs. Additionally, the order calls for a suspension on approving entry for people seeking work visas for a...

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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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