Trump Executive Actions

USCIS Publishes New Editions of Forms I-129, I-485, I-539, I-864, I-864EZ, and I-944 Consistent with New Public Charge Rule

USCIS Publishes New Editions of Forms I-129, I-485, I-539, I-864, I-864EZ, and I-944 Consistent with New Public Charge Rule

Updated October 15, 2019

On October 11, 2019, the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York enjoined and restrained the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and USCIS from “enforcing, applying, or treating as effective” the DHS Public Charge Final Rule. In addition, the court specifically enjoined the government from implementing the use of any new or updated forms whose submission would be required under the Final Rule, including the Form I-129, Form I-485, Form I-539, Form I-864, Form I-864 EZ, Form I-944, and Form I-945. As of 5:00 pm (ET), USCIS appeared to have removed the new/revised forms from its website.

What is the new Trump administration public charge inadmissibility rule?

What is the new Trump administration public charge inadmissibility rule?

UPDATED: August 28, 2019

On August 12, 2019, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a new regulation that prescribes how the Department will determine whether an alien is inadmissible to the United States based on his or her likelihood of becoming a public charge at any time in the future, as set forth in the Immigration and Nationality Act. Learn more about who is affected and how this development could potentially impact your green card application.

Know Your Rights: What happens during an ICE immigration raid? What can I do?

Know Your Rights: What happens during an ICE immigration raid? What can I do?

Media outlets have recently reported on the Trump administration’s planned Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids targeting immigrants with final orders of removal. To help immigrants and their families, we have provided above information on how to protect yourself and your family.

Why is my immigration application delayed? AILA explains long USCIS processing times

Why is my immigration application delayed? AILA explains long USCIS processing times

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recently released information on the recent processing delays at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), saying that the delays have reached crisis levels. We are sharing this information to our clients and readers experiencing delays with the adjudication of their immigration applications at USCIS.

Will the 2018 government shutdown affect my immigration application?

Will the 2018 government shutdown affect my immigration application?

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.

Can I still apply for asylum? Judge blocks Trump asylum ban

Can I still apply for asylum? Judge blocks Trump asylum ban

On November 9, 2018, President Trump issued a proclamation barring any individuals entering without inspection from seeking asylum. Ten days later, a Federal Judge issued a temporary injunction blocking the administration from implementing the new policy, saying it likely violated federal law on asylum eligibility. Learn more about this new development.

FAQs on USCIS Implementation of New Policy on Notices to Appear (NTA)

FAQs on USCIS Implementation of New Policy on Notices to Appear (NTA)

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.

AILA Video: Trump administration Public Charge rule could result in green card denials

AILA Video: Trump administration Public Charge rule could result in green card denials

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.

AILA Video: Judge orders Trump administration to resume DACA

AILA Video: Judge orders Trump administration to resume DACA

On Friday, August 3, 2018, U.S. Federal Judge John Bates ruled that the Trump administration's decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was made on unreasonable grounds or without any proper consideration of circumstances, and that it must fully restore the program with a 20-day postponement until August 23, 2018, to allow the government to respond and appeal.