Biden administration announces end to Trump era rule where USCIS rejected certain immigration applications with blank spaces
The Biden administration announced Thursday it will not automatically reject certain applications for asylum or immigration benefits when a blank space is left on the forms, a reversal from a Trump-era policy that critics said was a blatant attempt to further crack down on legal immigration.
Under Trump, citizenship and visa agency focuses on fraud
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The head of the agency handling citizenship and visa applications was surprised when he faced blowback for cutting a reference to the U.S. being a “nation of immigrants” in its...
Judge blocks big fee hikes for citizenship, other benefits
Federal Judge Suspicious of Trump Officials Hiking Immigration Fees
Fees paid by immigrants applying for asylum, work permits and U.S. citizenship will skyrocket next month, advocates warned in Washington Thursday, arguing the increases are unlawful because the two federal officials who signed off on the hikes were not Senate confirmed.
USCIS avoids furlough, but immigration processing could slow ahead of election
AILA – Rescission of Furlough Threats Is an Important First Step in Holding USCIS Accountable
AILA Director of Government Relations Sharvari Dalal-Dheini and AILA President Jennifer Minear respond to USCIS’s announcement that it will cancel its planned furlough of over 13,000 employees.
The House passed a bill that would rescue citizenship and immigration agency from budget crisis – Vox
House Passes Emergency Bill to Halt Immigration Agency Cuts
The House unanimously passed a bill to provide emergency funding to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which is set to furlough roughly two-thirds of its employees at the end of this month.
The Trump administration’s no blanks policy is the latest Kafkaesque plan designed to curb immigration
Last fall, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services introduced perhaps its most arbitrary, absurd modification yet to the immigration system: It began rejecting applications unless every single field was filled in, even those that obviously did not pertain to the applicant.
USCIS Staff Furloughs Will Grind Legal Immigration To A Halt
USCIS furloughs of 13,000 now likely as bailout funds stall
COVID-19 Stimulus Package Round 2. Immigration Agency Furloughs 13,400
The federal agency, which is responsible for providing citizenship, green cards and visas to immigrants, notified on Monday 2/3 of its 20,000 employees of upcoming furloughs due to “budget shortfalls,” USA Today reported. The furloughs will begin Aug. 30.
COVID-19 stimulus deal: US immigration services plans furloughs
The federal agency tasked with offering citizenship, green cards and visas to immigrants is planning to furlough about two-thirds of its workers at the end of the month after Congress failed to reach a deal on a coronavirus stimulus package.
Stalled stimulus talks could mean thousands of furloughs and halt US immigration system
The federal agency responsible for granting citizenship, providing immigration benefits and processing visa applications could furlough two-thirds of its workforce at the end of the month after negotiations over the next stimulus package stalled.
USCIS Pleads for Money to Avoid Furloughs, Democrats Float Making the Funds Contingent on Policy Changes
The US Agency In Charge Of The Immigration System Says It’s Facing A Financial Disaster
"Without congressional intervention, we risk not being able to make payroll and will have to take drastic actions to keep the agency afloat," the leader of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services
Immigration agency asks for emergency funds, will raise fees – The Washington Post
This latest trick from the Trump administration is one of the most despicable yet
A new policy is keeping hundreds of families from obtaining visas. Over the past few months, the Trump administration has quietly been rolling out a Kafkaesque new processing policy for select categories of visas: If any fields on a form are left blank, it will automatically be rejected. Even if it makes no sense for the applicant to fill out that field.
Ken Cuccinelli said goodbye to USCIS, taking on a bigger Homeland Security role, but he is back…
USCIS’ Cuccinelli: blames critics of the Trump administration for conditions at border detention facilities
Acting United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli on Sunday blamed critics of the Trump administration’s immigration policies for conditions at border detention facilities, saying that they had created the condition
Donald Trump’s Likely USCIS Pick Spells The End of Legal Immigration as it Currently Exists Says Union Chief
Issuance of Certain RFEs and NOIDs–New USCIS Denial policies
The memo, quietly issued on Friday, means the government can deny visas if applications do not include all the necessary information when submitted. It also lets the government deny visas without specifying what additional information would have been necessary to complete the application.
AILA – New USCIS Policy Will Needlessly Push Thousands More Cases into the Deportation Machinery
In this statement, AILA highlights how the new guidance published by USCIS regarding Notices to Appear (NTAs) will needlessly push thousands more cases into the deportation machinery, further clogging the already backlogged immigration court system.
U.S. Immigration agency to more closely monitor caseworkers, documents show
The federal agency that runs the U.S. immigration system is creating an internal division to more rigorously police its own caseworkers, a move possibly aimed at those who may be too lenient with applicants seeking residency or citizenship, according to staffers and internal documents obtained by The Washington Post.
AILA – Rewrite of USCIS Mission Statement Cannot Change America’s Identity as a Nation of Immigrants
AILA expresses its deep disappointment at the Trump administration’s rewrite of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) mission statement to, among other things, remove the "phrase a nation of immigrants."