USCIS Fees Increasing Soon

USCIS fees are increasing (possibly) by 21% soon. USCIS fees are imminently increasing. The service plans to hike its fees by a weighted average of 21%. As acting director of USCIS, Mr. Ken Cuccinelli explains in the quote below, the idea behind the rate increase is simple: to cover its costs. “USCIS is required to…

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Celebrating 10 Years of Legal Services

Celebrating 10 Years of Legal Services We are celebrating 10 years of Tyler Christians practicing law. November, 2019, marks a decade of legal practice for Mr. Christians. As detailed in his attorney profile, beginning in November, 2009, he first practiced law as a criminal defense attorney in Falls Church, Virginia, where he offices today (as…

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H-2A Program on FLAG

The H-2A program is now on the DOL’s Foreign Labor Application Gateway. The H-2A program, or the H-2A temporary agricultural program, is now on the new Foreign Labor Application Gateway, or FLAG, system, which itself was recently implemented itself by the Department of Labor. What is the H-2A Program? As we wrote in this article,…

New Travel Documents Launch USCIS Security Boosts

New travel documents to contain enhanced forms of security. New travel documents with security boosts began production just two days ago (October 24, 2019) by the USCIS. They are designed to, “… prevent secure document tampering, counterfeiting, and fraud.” (See the USCIS press release regarding the new travel documents here) The new travel documents are…

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DHS Enforcement Priorities During California Wildfires

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a statement regarding its immigration enforcement priorities during the California wildfires. Above its other concerns, such as enforcing current U.S. immigration law and policy, the department made clear its DHS enforcement priorities lay with the health and safety of evacuees and those sheltering from the California wildfires.…

Former Weatherford Resident Linked to al-Qaeda Gets 13 Years

A former Weatherford, Oklahoma resident linked to al-Qaeda gets 13 years in federal prison for false statements made to the FBI, and visa fraud. A former Weatherford resident received a 13 year sentence in federal prison on October 3, 2019. From the ICE press release, quoting Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers of the National…

USCIS Military Naturalization Services

USCIS military naturalization services are changing to occur at four specific overseas bases.   Military naturalization procedures and locations have changed. If you are a Servicemember or an eligible family member of a Servicemember, are stationed overseas, and want to become a naturalized U.S. citizen, you may now be limited to just four locations around…

Immigrants Grow GDP

Immigrants Grow GDP, according to Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President and CEO, Robert S. Kaplan. Do immigrants grow GDP (Gross Domestic Product) in the United States, or hurt it? According to Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President and CEO, Robert S. Kaplan, immigrants are key to growing U.S. GDP. “If you think you are…

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Syrian TPS Re-Registration

The Syrian TPS re-registration period is open from September 23, 2019 to November 22, 2019. The DHS is requiring a Syrian TPS re-registration period. On August 1, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the extension of the temporary protected status (TPS) designation for Syrian nationals living in the United States. Eligibility for Syrian…

DHS Social Media Surveillance Expanded

Department of Homeland Security publishes new agency information collection activities in the Federal Register regarding DHS social media surveillance. DHS social media surveillance is expanding according to a new notice published September 4, 2019, in the Federal Register. Applicants for USCIS/CBP benefits will now be asked to provide social media information dating back five years.…