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On Oct. 17 a fiery debate occurred on the U.S. Senate floor. Two great supporters of immigrants and immigration reform, Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL, Minority Floor Leader) and Mike…
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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is denying Advance Parole (AP) applications when an applicant travels internationally while the application is pending with USCIS. This represents a big adjudication shift…
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Today, President Trump joined Senator David Perdue (R-GA) and Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) announcing the introduction of a bill titled “Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act,” known also as the “RAISE Act.” The president praised the work of the senators and in a statement added, “We want a merit-based system. One that protects workers, our workers, our taxpayers, and one that protects our economy. We want it merit-based.”
Highlights from the bill are included below:
- Eliminates the diversity visa program.
- Sets the maximum number of refugee admissions to 50,000 per fiscal year.
- Worldwide level of family sponsored immigrants is 88,000. The number of humanitarian paroles, if the individual has not departed or has not adjusted status, will be counted against that number.
- A new classification is created for the alien parents of adult U.S. citizens for admission for five years, but will not be able to receive public benefits or work authorization.
- A person cannot naturalize if the person who executed an affidavit of support failed to reimburse the Federal Government for all mean-tested public benefits received by the person during the 5-year period.
- Annual and quadrennial reports will be required to monitor the progress and numbers.
- The creation of an immigration points system to replace the employment-based immigrant visa categories.
- Effective date will be the first day of the first fiscal year that begins after the date of enactment. Those exempt are those who have been granted admission prior to enactment, but he or she will need to enter within one year of enactment.
USCIS has issued a new online tutorial for immigrants that will help determine when a Form I-485, Application for Adjustment of Status, can be filed with USCIS. For those immigrants…
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It has been reported that President Trump’s administration is likely preparing to effectuate additional changes affecting immigration issues. Specifically, in addition to the Executive Order executed on Jan. 27, 2017…
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Kate Kalmykov, shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, and Jordi S. Bayer, associate at Greenberg Traurig, recently authored an article in the New Jersey Law Journal (NJLJ) discussing creative solutions for employers…
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