The REAL ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, sets standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver's licenses. The Act established minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for certain purposes driver’s licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the Act’s minimum standards. Enforcement begins in 18 months at all U.S. airport checkpoints. Find out how this development may affect you.
U.S. employers must check to make sure all employees, regardless of citizenship or national origin, are allowed to work in the United States. Having an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) is one way to prove that you are allowed to work in the United States for a specific time period. Read our FAQs about the employment authorization document (work permit).
UPDATED: January 3, 2019
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) fee-funded services remain unaffected by the shutdown. However, Immigration Court (EOIR) is closed except for detained cases. ICE enforcement and removal operations will continue, and ICE attorneys are working on the detained docket. Assume that check-ins are proceeding as per usual. The Department of State is still providing passport and visa services. U.S. district courts are all reacting differently in different jurisdictions. Contact the relevant court to see how the shutdown may affect your case.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the national association of over 15,000 immigration lawyers and practitioners, who represent families seeking permanent residence for their close family members; U.S. businesses seeking global talent; foreign students, entertainers, artists, and athletes; as well as asylum seekers, often on a pro bono basis, has released a Know-Your-Rights Flyer for Green Card holders detained at a port of entry.
Beginning October 1, 2018, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin implementing the June 28 Updated Guidance for the Referral of Cases and Issuance of Notices to Appear (NTAs) in Cases Involving Inadmissible and Deportable Aliens Policy Memorandum (PM) (PDF, 140 KB), which affects green card applicants applying for permanent residency and individuals who are applying to change or extend their nonimmigrant visa status. Read our FAQs here.
REVISED: October 1, 2018
On September 22, 2018, the Trump administration announced the upcoming publication of a proposed rule that if implemented as written, would prevent immigrants from securing lawful permanent residence and remaining with their families in the United States, simply because at any time in the past, they (or their dependents) received some type of basic health care support, nutrition assistance, or other vital services.