The U.S. Department of State released a report indicating the number of petitions that are still considered pending for issuance of visas. In the numerical system of immigration, there are only limited number of visas that may be allocated in a given year. The worldwide quota for family based…read more
Philippines Ranks Second in List of Countries with Most Backlogged Petitions
New NTA Policy Fully Implemented: Non-U.S. Citizens Whose USCIS Applications are Denied May Risk Deportation
On October 1, 2018, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the implementation of its New Notice to Appear (NTA) policy that will have an impact on immigrants with denied applications for benefits. On November 8, 2018, an expansion of the list of applications and petitions affected by…read more
Update on DACA: Has the DACA Program Ended Yet?
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
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