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  • State Department Waives Fees for Immigrants Denied Visas Due to the Muslim Ban
    January 21, 2022

    The State Department announced a new rule that will waive fees for visa applicants who were denied because of the Muslim and refugee ban. Under the new rule, an immigrant visa applicant who has an approved immigration petition may reapply for a visa without paying the fees if they were refused a visa under the […] The post State Department Waives Fees for Immigrants Denied Visas Due to the Muslim Ban appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • My Moment – When Immigration Law Became My Path, Part 1
    January 21, 2022

    As AILA celebrates our 75th year, we invited members to “Share the Moment You Realized Immigration Law Was for You” and we are delighted to share the first of several blog posts featuring those moments; this post includes four members’ stories. […]

  • New Report Amplifies Concerns About ‘Dedicated Docket’ for Asylum Seekers
    January 20, 2022

    When the Biden administration announced a new “dedicated docket” in immigration court for families seeking asylum at the border, many advocates raised concerns that the docket would forgo due process for efficiency’s sake. This was the case for the “rocket dockets” that existed under President Obama, which suffered from lack of access to counsel and […] The post New Report Amplifies Concerns About ‘Dedicated Docket’ for Asylum Seekers appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • This Should be Written By Someone Else
    January 18, 2022

    AILA Asylum and Refugee Committee Member Lindsay Harris shares the plight of her Afghan clients and the solutions that Congress and USCIS need to enact and implement as so many families face unnecessary trauma and hardship. […]

  • Leaked Photos Reveal Inhumane Conditions in Border Processing Centers
    January 14, 2022

    New leaked photos of Border Patrol stations in Yuma, Arizona show Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) inhumane treatment of people apprehended at the border— revealing that years of overcrowded, unsanitary, and cruel conditions continue despite multiple deaths, legal challenges, and the Biden administration’s promise to create a humane immigration system. The 18 photos show people […] The post Leaked Photos Reveal Inhumane Conditions in Border Processing Centers appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Blog Post: USCIS Provides Clarifying Guidance for O-1 Petitions with a Focus on STEM Fields
    January 22, 2022

    USCIS, Jan. 22, 2022 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today issued policy guidance clarifying how it evaluates evidence to determine eligibility for O-1A nonimmigrants of extraordinary ability, with a focus on petitions filed for individuals in science, technology, engineering, or math […]

  • Blog Post: USCIS Updates Guidance on National Interest Waivers
    January 22, 2022

    USCIS, Jan. 22, 2022 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced updated guidance on adjudicating requests for “National Interest Waivers” regarding job offer and labor certification requirements for certain advanced degree professionals and individuals of exceptional ability. […]

  • Blog Post: Advance Copies of DHS COVID-Related Travel Restrictions (Eff. Jan. 22, 2022)
    January 22, 2022

    This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 01/24/2022 - "This Notification announces the decision of the Secretary of Homeland Security (“Secretary”), after consulting with interagency partners, to temporarily restrict travel by certain noncitizens into the United […]

  • Blog Post: DHS Updates US/Canada/Mexico COVID-Related Travel Restrictions (Jan. 22, 2022)
    January 22, 2022

    DHS to Require Non-U.S. Individual Travelers Entering the United States at Land Ports of Entry and Ferry Terminals to be Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19 "Beginning on January 22, 2022, DHS will require non-U.S. individuals seeking to enter the United States via land […]

  • Blog Post: STEM Expansion News (Jan. 21, 2022)
    January 21, 2022

    Here is the Federal Register notice, Update to the Department of Homeland Security STEM Designated Degree Program List. Here is the DHS announcement, DHS Expands Opportunities in U.S. for STEM Professionals Here is the DOS announcement, New Initiatives Further Opportunity for International STEM […]

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