Immigration Law

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Furloughs of USCIS Private Contractors Will Trigger Delays, Backlogs Nationwide
Posted on 10 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Daniel C. Vock, Kansas Reflector, Sept. 10, 2020 " Members of Congress from the Kansas City region scored a victory last month when a federal immigration agency backed off plans that would have led to thousands of layoffs of government employees... Read More

USCIS Furlough Averted...at "Severe Operational Cost"
Posted on 25 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Aug. 25, 2020 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that the agency will avert an administrative furlough of more than 13,000 employees, scheduled to begin Aug. 30 as a result of unprecedented spending cuts and a steady... Read More

Tags: furlough , USCIS

Coalition Sues DHS Over USCIS Fee Rule
Posted on 21 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ILRC, Aug. 21, 2020 "The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) today announced it had joined a coalition of 8 of the nation’s leading immigrants’ rights organizations in filing a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security... Read More

Are USCIS Furloughs Necessary? "Emphatically Not."
Posted on 17 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Stuart Anderson, Forbes, Aug. 17, 2020 "To better understand the impact of a USCIS staff furlough, I interviewed Doug Rand, who worked on immigration policy in the Obama White House as assistant director for entrepreneurship and is the co-founder... Read More

Tags: furlough , USCIS

USCIS Caves on Public Charge...For Now
Posted on 1 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, July 31, 2020 "On July 29, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) in State of New York, et al. v. DHS, et al. and Make the Road NY et al. v. Cuccinelli, et al. enjoined the Department of Homeland Security... Read More

Impending USCIS Furloughs Will Contribute to a Historic Drop in U.S. Immigration Levels: MPI
Posted on 29 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Muzaffar Chishti, Sarah Pierce, and Kira Olsen-Medina, MPI, July 28, 2020 "In one of the largest ever furloughs by a single government agency, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) leadership has announced its intent to temporarily... Read More

Tags: furlough , USCIS

"USCIS Has the Money"
Posted on 28 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"USCIS has the money, is asking for more money, and is raising it fees all at once, yet it refuses to do its job and keep its employees working and the immigration system operable." Statement of Sharvari Dalal-Dheini Director, Government Relations... Read More

USCIS to Furlough 13,000 Unless Congress Provides $1.2B Bailout
Posted on 26 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, June 25, 2020 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Deputy Director for Policy Joseph Edlow issued the following statement on the agency’s fiscal outlook due to the COVID-19 pandemic: “The effects of the coronavirus pandemic... Read More

Tags: COVID-19 , USCIS

Lawsuit Challenges Naturalization Delays
Posted on 12 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NILA, NWIRP, June 11, 2020 "Applicants for U.S. citizenship who could not take the oath of allegiance to complete the last step of the citizenship process for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic filed a lawsuit in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania... Read More

USCIS Seeks Federal Bailout
Posted on 18 May 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Miriam Jordan, New York Times, May 17, 2020 "A precipitous drop in applications for green cards, citizenship and other programs has threatened the solvency of the federal agency that administers the country’s lawful immigration system, prompting... Read More

Tags: USCIS

"USCIS Will Not Concede" H-1B Registration Problems Exist
Posted on 16 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Stuart Anderson, Forbes, Apr. 13, 2020 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) disputes that it denied numerous H-1B registrations as duplicates during the H-1B visa lottery process due to flaws in its new system. Attorneys raised concerns... Read More

Tags: H-1B , USCIS

AILA Sues USCIS over Deadlines, Maintenance of Status
Posted on 3 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AILA, Apr. 3, 2020 "In a follow-up to its March 23, 2020, letter to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) calling for the immediate suspension of immigration benefit deadlines and the maintenance of status for nonimmigrants in the U... Read More

Expert: Lack of Visa Extensions 'Causing Havoc'
Posted on 31 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Shilpa Phadnis, Times of India, Mar. 31, 2020 " Stephen Yale-Loehr, professor of immigration law practice at Cornell Law School , said that unlike other countries and despite pleas by US companies and others, the US immigration agency so far has... Read More

How USCIS Can Remain True to its Mission by Exercising Compassion During the COVID-19 Period
Posted on 17 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, Mar. 16, 2020 "Although the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is mandated by Congress to grant benefits, it has become an enforcement oriented agency under the Trump administration that has displayed remarkable hostility... Read More

Tags: mehta , COVID-19 , USCIS

Stuart Anderson on Premium Processing: "Most Expensive Band-Aid"
Posted on 2 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Stuart Anderson, Forbes, Mar. 2, 2020 "Due to long processing times, since 2014 companies have been forced to pay $2.4 billion in “premium processing” fees to ensure their business immigration cases are decided within a reasonable time... Read More