Immigration Law

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USCIS Revises Communist/Totalitarian Party Membership Policy
Posted on 3 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Oct. 2, 2020 "The inadmissibility ground for membership in or affiliation with the Communist or any other totalitarian party is part of a broader set of laws passed by Congress to address threats to the safety and security of the United... Read More

USCIS Policy Manual Updates (Sept. 17, 2020)
Posted on 17 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On Sept. 15, 2020, USCIS posted three Policy Manual Updates: Continuous Residence, Naturalization, Vol. 12, Part D, Chap. 3 Athletes and Entertainers (P), Vol. 2, Part N Aliens of Extraordinary Ability or Achievement (O), Vol. 2, Part M On Sept... Read More

USCIS EB-5 Policy Alert (July 24, 2020)
Posted on 24 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, July 24, 2020 - Clarifying Guidance for Deployment of Capital in Employment-Based Fifth Preference (EB-5) Category "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing clarifying policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding... Read More

USCIS "Public Charge" Policy Manual Update (June 16, 2020)
Posted on 17 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, June 16, 2020 "This technical update removes the WA Food Assistance Program for Legal Immigrants from the list of examples of state, local, and tribal cash assistance programs that are considered income maintenance for purposes of the public... Read More

USCIS Retires the AFM; Crosswalk
Posted on 22 May 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS "In May 2020, USCIS retired its Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM), a collection of our immigration policies and procedures. We are working quickly to update and incorporate all of the AFM content into the USCIS Policy Manual, the agency’s... Read More

USCIS Policy Alert: Effect of Travel Abroad by Temporary Protected Status Beneficiaries with Final Orders of Removal
Posted on 20 Dec 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Dec. 20, 2019 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating the USCIS Policy Manual to clarify the effect of travel outside the United States by temporary protected status (TPS) beneficiaries who have final removal orders... Read More

USCIS Issues New Waiver Policies and Procedures (Aug. 23, 2017 Policy Alert)
Posted on 23 Aug 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS Policy Alert, Aug. 23, 2017 - "Policy Alert SUBJECT: Waiver Policies and Procedures Purpose U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to address the general policies... Read More

Recent USCIS Policy Manual Updates (July 2015)
Posted on 28 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

POLICY ALERT – Modifications to Oath of Allegiance for Naturalization July 21, 2015 ​U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance to clarify the eligibility requirements for modifications to the Oath of Renunciation... Read More

USCIS Nov. 30, 2016 EB-5 Policy Alert
Posted on 30 Nov 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Nov. 30, 2016 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding the eligibility requirements for regional centers and immigrant investors." Read More

USCIS Policy Manual Update: Effective Date of Lawful Permanent Residence for Purposes of Citizenship and Naturalization
Posted on 27 Jul 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS Policy Alert, July 27, 2016 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding the effective date of lawful permanent residence for purposes of citizenship and naturalization."... Read More

Bruce Hake Comments on USCIS Policy Manual 'Extreme Hardship' Draft
Posted on 20 Nov 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Renowned J-1 and hardship expert Bruce Hake emailed this comment to USCIS on Nov. 19, 2015. Excerpt: "There is a legal error in footnote 1 to the draft USCIS Policy Manual: Vol. 9, Part B: Extreme Hardship (draft). Every year this error could... Read More

USCIS Policy Manual Update: Naturalization; Residence Abroad; Interpreters & Translators
Posted on 11 Jun 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" On June 10, 2013, USCIS updated the section of the USCIS Policy Manual regarding time spent abroad by interpreters and translators employed by or under contract with the Chief of Mission or U.S. armed forces. Previous policy allowed individuals... Read More

USCIS Posts Technical Updates to Vol. 12 of Policy Manual (Jan. 5, 2017)
Posted on 5 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Jan. 5, 2017 - Technical Update – Clarifying Intent to Reside in United States for Naturalization Purposes January 05, 2017 This technical update clarifies that naturalization applicants are not required to intend to... Read More

USCIS Adds More Policy Webinar Dates
Posted on 18 Jan 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"On January 7, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) launched the first phase of its new policy manual. This initial release begins the process of providing a single online reference for USCIS policies. The first phase of the policy... Read More

Guidance for Health-Related Grounds of Inadmissibility and Waivers: USCIS Policy Manual, Vol. 8
Posted on 29 Jan 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"USCIS is issuing guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual on the health-related grounds of inadmissibility under INA 212(a)(1) and corresponding waivers under INA 212(g). ... USCIS currently provides guidance on medical grounds of inadmissibility in... Read More