USCIS announced that following the September 11, 2020, Second Circuit decision, it will apply the public charge final rule and related guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to all applications and petitions postmarked (or submitted electronically) on or after February 24, 2020. Per USCIS: “If you filed your Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence…

USCIS published a temporary final rule providing that, from today, September 23, 2020, through March 22, 2021, asylum applicants who cannot proceed with the asylum interview in English must ordinarily use DHS-provided telephonic interpreters, due to COVID-19. Previously, if the asylum seeker didn’t bring an interpreter and couldn’t speak English, the affirmative asylum hearing was…

The current active court case backlog as of the end of August 2020 has grown to 1,246,164—up 11 percent from the beginning of March when the backlog was 1,122,824. Monthly case completions before the March shutdown were running over 40,000. In August just 6,113 cases were completed. Roughly half (52%) of these were ordered deported…

ICE Arrests Over 2000

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Tuesday, September 1, 2020, that more than 2,000 individuals have been arrested during the period of July 13 to Aug. 20, 2020. About 85 percent of those arrested by ICE on immigration charges also had criminal convictions or pending criminal charges.

On October 2, 2020, USCIS will change the premium processing timeframe from 15 calendar days to 15 business days. USCIS may adjust the additional fee for this service for inflation according to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) by notice in the Federal Register.

USCIS announced on September 4, 2020 that submissions postmarked on or after October 2, 2020 must comply with the 10/02/20 edition of the following new or existing forms: • Form I-129H1 • Forms I-129H2A and I-129H2B • Form I-129L • Form I-129O • Form I-129E&TN • Form I-129MISC •Form I-600/I-600A, Supplement 3 •Form I-765 •…

On August 25, 2020 Secretary Pompeo, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, has temporarily expanded the ability of consular officers to waive the in-person interview requirement for individuals applying for a nonimmigrant visa in the same classification. Previously, only those applicants whose nonimmigrant visa expired within 12 months were eligible for an interview…

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today (08/25/2020) announced that the agency will avert an administrative furlough of more than 13,000 employees. USCIS expects to be able to maintain operations through the end of fiscal year 2020 based on “unprecedented spending cuts and a steady increase in daily incoming revenue and receipts”. USCIS claims that the…

USCIS/DHS extends the flexibility policy of Form I-9 requirements to September 17, 2020. The provision applies only to employees and workplaces that are operating remotely.

The Houston immigration court in Houston, Texas will continue to be closed until September 04, 2020.