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Immigration is rapidly changing in the United States. We have partnered with Boundless, which provides in-depth immigration news and is updated almost daily. We’ve pulled out some of those news items for further analysis below.

07Apr2021

Biden Administration Will Remove “Alien” From Immigration Policy Manual

The move is the latest effort by the Biden administration to use "more inclusive language" when referring to immigrants U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will remove the term "alien" to describe immigrants in the agency's policy manual, according to a new Buzzfeed report. The move is the latest effort by the Biden administration to […]

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04Apr2021

Immigrants and Taxes Report

A RapidVisa report uses public data to understand how much U.S. immigrants contribute in taxes each year

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30Sep2020

Federal Judge Blocks USCIS Fee Increase

A federal judge granted a motion to temporarily block the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) new fee rule that was originally scheduled to go into effect on October 2, 2020.

The published new fee rule has an average 20% increase over 72 immigration benefit applications. USCIS filing fee for Naturalization would increase 83%, from $640 to $1,170.

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15Nov2019

What is Advance Parole & How Do I Apply?

Advance Parole, otherwise known as a Travel Document or Travel Permit, is a document that permits an alien who is awaiting lawful permanent resident status to travel abroad and return to the United States without another visa. Such persons include those who have applied for adjustment of status but haven’t received their green card yet.

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29Oct2019

New Public Charge Rule Thrown Out… For Now…

On October 11, just days before the new public charge rule was about to go into effect, federal judges in New York, California and Washington State issued injunctions temporarily blocking the rule. The rule, which we reported on in our last live stream, would have imposed stricter income guidelines, such as a “safe zone” for […]

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20Sep2019

Case Returned to USCIS – What Now?

"My CR1 visa was sent back to the USCIS on February 26th, no feedback yet. What can be the issue? Everything was legitimate, my husband is a citizen and we've been married since December 2016." Unfortunately, we're hearing this all too often from many of our applicants and more so probably in the last 6 […]

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09Aug2019

Old I-693 Medical Exam Forms Soon to be Rejected

The USCIS has updated to a new version of form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record. However, up until the time of this post, they are still accepting the old version of the form. Starting September 23, 2019, the USCIS will only accept the 07/15/19 edition. Until then, you can use the old version of the I-693 which is the 10/19/17 edition.

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28Jun2019

Trump Executive Order to Enforce Legal Responsibilities of Sponsors & Co-Sponsors

The White House recently issued a memorandum on the enforcement of legal responsibilities of immigrant sponsors & joint sponsors. The memo directs relevant federal agencies to update procedures, guidance, and regulations to comply with current law and ensure that ineligible immigrants do not receive federal means-tested benefits.

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03Jun2019

Why Does RapidVisa Request Items Not Mentioned By USCIS?

"Why does RapidVisa require things the USCIS doesn't?" Our assembly department may find that your petition is missing something that we require and put your petition on hold before mailing them to the USCIS. Our job is to give your case the best chance of going through the system smoothly, so part of our strategy […]

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07May2019

Legal Marijuana Users To Be Denied Naturalization

On April 19, 2019, the USCIS issued a policy guidance update in the USCIS Policy Manual. The update clarifies that violations of federal controlled substance law, including violations involving marijuana, are generally a bar to establishing good moral character for naturalization, even where that conduct would not be an offense under state law. So, as […]

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