Category: USCIS

  1. USCIS Announces TPS Updates

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) recently announced several updates to Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”), which clarify immigration issues for nationals of qualifying countries. These announcements highlight the fluid nature of immigration status for countries in crisis and the power of the Department of Homeland Security to respond to urgent humanitarian needs. What is TPS? TPS is a temporary immigration status created by Congress under the Immigration READ MORE READ MORE

  2. Religious Workers Face Uncertainty Over Immigration Status

    Every year, approximately 5,000 people enter the United States from abroad to be religious workers. However, extensive immigration backlogs are forcing religious workers out of work, and in some cases, even forcing them to leave the country. The R-1 Visa Process One mechanism through which religious workers gain legal status in the United States is the R-1 visa. The R-1 visa permits nonimmigrants to enter the United READ MORE READ MORE

  3. USCIS Policies Lead to High Denial Rates for L-1B Petitions

    The L-1B nonimmigrant visa program is regularly utilized by companies to transfer employees with specialized knowledge from foreign countries to the United States. According to a recent analysis, the program continues to experience significant denial rates, raising questions about the underlying causes of the phenomenon.  L1-B Visa Program The L1-B Visa Program allows employers to transfer certain nonimmigrant employees from foreign offices to offices within the United READ MORE READ MORE

  4. Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Expulsion Policy Faces Political Heat; ICE Arrests Fall Under Biden; Chamber of Commerce Supports Increase in Immigration

    Democrats Urge President to End Expulsion Policy Congressional Democrats are pressuring President Biden to end the use of a policy by which immigrants stopped at the U.S. southern border can be quickly sent back to Mexico or their home countries without being allowed to request asylum at the time they are apprehended by Border Patrol Officers. The Biden administration has said the policy, which was utilized frequently READ MORE READ MORE

  5. Amidst Ongoing Labor Shortage, USCIS Processing Delays Prevent Noncitizens from Work

    While a labor shortage continues to affect critical industries in the United States, over one million noncitizens eagerly await the U.S. government to issue their work permits. Despite many already losing their jobs, U.S. immigration officials continue to struggle to address the significant backlog of immigration cases.  The Labor Shortage In the past two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted nearly everything in our lives. Among those disruptions READ MORE READ MORE