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.…

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USCIS Reopens Deferral Requests

USCIS reopens deferral requests after sending letter denying non-military/DACA requests pending prior to August 7. On August 7, the USCIS sent out letters informing those with existing/pending deferral requests that their cases were denied and that they had 33 days to leave the country. A good number of these that received such letters were legally…

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Castro-Tum Vacated

Castro-Tum decision vacated giving immigration judges general authority to administratively close cases. In an important decision, the infamous Castro-Tum decision, (Matter of Castro-Tum, 27 I&N Dec. 271 (A.G. 2018) was vacated on August 29, 2019, by the Fourth Circuit, in Zuniga Romero v. Barr. This gives immigration judges the general authority to administratively close cases.…

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No ICE Enforcement Related to Hurricane Dorian

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced there will be no ICE enforcement related to Hurricane Dorian. East Coast residents concerned about their immigration status who are also in areas impacted by Hurricane Dorian may breathe a small sigh of relief. The DHS has announced no ICE or CBP related enforcement initiatives will take place…