In accordance with two recent executive orders, the United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be reverting to its previous policy for interviewing “derivative asylees,” people who immigrate with their family members when they seek refugee or asylum status. This shift back to the old policy will significantly reduce the strain on the immigration system, helping to speed up the process for relatives of refugees and asylees seeking to join their loved ones in the United States. However, some people will still need to interview to be considered a derivative asylee.
In a recently issued memorandum, President Biden restored the prosecutorial discretion of immigration attorneys working for Immigration and Customs Services (ICE). The memo restores the ability of ICE attorneys to prosecute or administratively close cases, and urges them to consider “humanitarian factors” that might impact the case. This memo comes at a time when an unprecedented number of immigration cases now sit before courts across the country. Continue reading “POTUS Restores Prosecutorial Discretion in Immigration Cases”
United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) has instituted a new immigrant visa priority system that will affect how immigrant visas are processed. This new system is intended to help sort through a backlog of immigrant visa applications, which has grown to an extraordinary size due to COVID-19. It is also meant to help those who have been most negatively impacted by the immigration backlog, by ensuring their visa applications are processed more quickly. Continue reading “USCIS Institutes New Immigrant Visa Priority System”
In 2019, United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) implemented a rule affecting certain forms, including those used by asylum applicants and victims of certain criminal acts. Now, that rule has been reversed, such that a blank space is no longer automatically disqualifying. This will make it easier for asylum applicants with missing or incomplete documentation to get asylum status. Continue reading “USCIS Reverses “Blank Space” Rule for Asylum Applicants”