On November 8, 2018, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the rescission of the DACA program by the Trump Administration is arbitrary and capricious. What does this ruling mean to DACA applicants? The Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals, commonly referred as DACA, begun in 2012 allowing non-citizens…read more
Update on DACA: Has the DACA Program Ended Yet?
Who Will Be Affected by Trump’s Proposed Public Charge Rules?
On September 22, 2018, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published on its website a 447 page proposal called the “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds”. This proposal would have the effect of denying green cards to immigrants who have legally availed public benefits. Obviously, this is part of Trump…read more
More Immigration Petitions May Be Denied Outright Under New USCIS Policy
On September 11, 2018, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services started implementing a new policy with regard to the “Issuance of Certain RFEs and NOIDs”. The new Policy Memorandum was published on July 13, 2018 and is identified as PM-602-0163. Under this policy, USCIS examiners may deny an application,…read more
Refusal of Visas Based on “Public Charge” Ground
For many years, an Affidavit of Support is an essential document before a visa may be issued to an applicant seeking to enter the United States. What happens if the the affidavit of support is found to be insufficient? Why are many visa applicants now being denied despite submission…read more
3 Categories of Immigrants Who Risk Being Stripped of U.S. Citizenship
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced in June 2018 the establishment of a Denaturalization Task Force within the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The new USCIS office will focus on investigating cases of naturalized U.S. citizens and determine whether they will be recommended for denaturalization. From among…read more