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UPDATE: USCIS Increases Filing Fees for Certain Petitions to Stay Afloat

During the past year, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has been facing a financial crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. As early as May of this year, a USCIS spokesperson informed the United States government that it needed a cash bailout of $1.2 billion by summertime in order to meet its operational […]

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The Year Ahead

AILA President Jennifer Minear looks forward to the year ahead during her installation speech and calls on all of us to “push ahead, sure in our cause, guided by the strength of our convictions, and buoyed by the support of this AILA community.”

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BREAKING NEWS: DHS Announces It Will Reject New DACA and Advance Parole Requests, and Limit DACA Renewals to 1 Year

In complete defiance of a recent federal court order, mandating acceptance of initial requests for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the Department of Homeland Security today issued a memorandum that states that effective immediately, the agency will reject all pending and future initial requests for DACA including all associated employment authorization applications, […]

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COVID-19 Updates: DOS Announces Extension for Immigrant Visa Medical Exams, When Will Consulates Resume Visa Services, SEVP Guidance for International Students, and National Interest Exceptions for Presidential Proclamations Restricting Travel

In this blog post we share with our readers several new developments in immigration relating to COVID-19. At a Glance: What’s in This Blog? DOS Announces One-Month Extension for Immigrant Visa Medical Examinations Phased Resumption of Routine Visa Services DOS Releases SEVP Online Course Guidance for F and M Students for Fall 2020 When will […]

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The View from the Chair

In recognition of the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and acknowledgment that there is still much work to be done, AILA republishes, with permission, a piece from Diversity & Inclusion Committee member Caroline Ostrom on avoiding reinforcing the social perceptions around disabilities.

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August 2020 Visa Bulletin: What to Expect?

Great news! The Department of State has released the visa bulletin for August 2020 outlining the availability of immigrant visa numbers for the upcoming month. NOTE: Adjustment of Status Filing Charts August 2020 For Family-Sponsored Filings: In the F2A category, there is a cutoff date on the Dates for Filing chart. However, the category is “current” on the Final […]

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Impact of the Maryland Decision on DACA Filings. Can I apply for DACA for the first time?

In response to a high number of questions regarding the recent Maryland court decision ordering the government to reinstate Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) for first time applicants, we have prepared this helpful guide. First, let’s briefly discuss the Maryland decision. As our readers will know on July 17th a federal judge in Maryland […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Federal Judge Hands Victory to First Time DACA Applicants

This afternoon, a federal judge in Maryland quietly handed down a victory for new DACA applicants. The judge in the case, Casa de Maryland v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has ordered the government to restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to its pre-September 2017 status, meaning that first-time applicants can now […]

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