There has been, as always, a drumbeat of news on Immigration over the last two weeks. Perhaps none as significant and long lasting as the notice that on October 2, 2020, USCIS will be raising filing fees across the board. Some of these fee increases are deceptively hidden, such as no longer including work or travel permits in the Adjustment of Status filing fees, effectively doubling the cost for filing for a “green card.” Other increases are designed to punish business for needing to use foreign workers, like L and H visa filing fee increases. Remember, this is the agency that removed “customer service” from its mission statement at the beginning of the Trump Administration, has dramatically increase processing times for all types of cases, and now cries that it has to furlough employees because it is not taking in enough money, but, yet, gave a billion dollars to ICE for enforcement and managed to mismanage its way into this crisis. Can you say “Congressional Oversight”?
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UP-TO-DATE IMMIGRATION NEWS
DHS to Raise Fees Significantly for Many Immigration Benefits
– DHS announced a final rule, to be published on August 3, 2020, and take effect 60 days later, that will increase significantly many immigration and naturalization fees charged by USCIS, and reduce some others. It also removes certain fee exemptions; changes fee waiver requirements; establishes multiple fees for nonimmigrant worker petitions; alters premium processing time limits; and makes changes related to setting, collecting, and administering fees, among other things.
Judge Orders Inquiry Into DHS False Statements in Trusted Traveler Case
– A U.S. District Judge ordered a “limited inquiry” to address “deeply troubling revelations” about DHS’s admittedly false and misleading statements made in court related to a lawsuit the New York Attorney General filed to prevent the Trump administration from excluding New York applicants from the Trusted Travelers Program.
President Trump Alludes to New Plans for DACA
– After President Trump’s attempt to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals through the Supreme Court failed, at least in the short term, he referred to an “executive order” and a “bill” interchangeably that would make unspecified reforms. He is literally blowing smoke here. His new plans for DACA was to make DACA more limited. He is evil.
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