All immigrant visa applicants are required to submit to a medical examination at the time of an application for an immigrant visa at a U.S. consulate. In addition, some applicants for nonimmigrant visas may also be referred for medical screening if a consular officer has reason to believe the applicant may be inadmissible under health-related…

USCIS will permanently close its field office in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, on June 30, 2019. The last day the office will accept applications/petitions and be open to the public is May 30, 2019. The U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juárez will assume responsibility for certain limited services previously provided by USCIS to individuals residing in…

On May 22, the House Judiciary Committee took a huge step towards protecting Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients by passing two bills out of committee : the Dream Act of 2019 the American Promise Act of 2019. These bills will be combined as H.R. 6, the Dream and…

On May 31, 2019, new questions were added to the Forms DS-160/DS-156 Nonimmigrant Visa Application and Form DS-260, Immigrant Visa Application. These additional questions require the foreign national to disclose five years of social media and contact history when applying for a nonimmigrant or immigrant visa. This information was previously requested only on Form DS-5535,…

The Board of Immigration Appeals held on May 31, 2019 that an immigration judge (IJ) has the authority to dismiss removal proceedings upon a finding that it is an abuse of the asylum process to file a meritless asylum application with USCIS for the sole purpose of seeking cancellation of removal in the immigration court.

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling by the end of this month (June) in time for the U.S. government to start printing the 2020 census forms. The decision will affect political representation for millions of people, business decisions in one of the world’s largest consumer markets, and billions of dollars of…

The recent protests against a controversial proposal that would allow extradition to China of people in Hong Kong has caused an uptick in interest in resident status in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and the U.K. Taiwan is also drawing interest with an affordable investor visa program. Concerns over Beijing’s growing influence in Hong Kong has…

The Supreme Court on Thursday in a vote of 5-4 (June 27, 2019) rejected the Trump administration’s stated reason for adding a question on citizenship to the 2020 census. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., writing for the majority, said the explanation offered by the Trump administration for adding the question “appears to have been…

Nearly 2 million Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) are set to expire at the end of 2019 as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) continues to urge affected taxpayers to submit their renewal applications early to avoid refund delays next year. ITINs that have not been used on a federal tax return at least once in…

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