Latest News in US Immigration Developments

4/19/2024

  1. Recent Developments in U.S. Immigration Laws. Visa Fees for International Artists Surge:
    • In April, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) implemented a 250% increase in visa fees for international artists touring in the U.S. This move has raised concerns among performers and event organizers, potentially impacting cultural exchange and artistic collaborations.
  2. EB-5 Investor Visa: Balancing Legal Requirements and Financial Commitments
    • Aspiring immigrants considering the EB-5 investor visa face both legal requirements and financial commitments. Navigating this program involves understanding the intricacies of investment thresholds, job creation, and the path to permanent residency in the United States.
  3. Mental Health of Immigrants at the Texas Border
    • Germán A. Cadenas, an expert in immigration and mental health, recently visited the Texas border. His insights shed light on the well-being of immigrants facing challenging circumstances as they seek safety and opportunity in the U.S.
  4. U.S. and China Collaborate on Deportations
    • High-level talks between the U.S. and China aim to address the rising number of Chinese nationals crossing the U.S.-Mexico border without authorization. The negotiations come as the figure surged to 24,000—an elevenfold increase from the previous year.
  5. Legal Battles and Advocacy
    • Detention Lawsuit: A company assisting immigrants in detention was ordered to pay over $811 million in a lawsuit alleging deceptive tactics.
    • ICE Solitary Confinement: Immigration officials are urged to end the misuse of solitary confinement, which violates international norms.
    • Michigan Lawmaker’s Controversial Remark: A Michigan GOP lawmaker falsely labeled March Madness athletes as “illegal invaders” on social media.
    • Haitian Migrants: Advocates express outrage over the treatment of Haitian migrants, but the Biden administration has no immediate plans to change its approach.
    • Abortion Laws and Sexual Violence: Migrant women raped before crossing the border grapple with restrictive U.S. abortion laws.

Conclusion

The landscape of U.S. immigration remains dynamic, with policy changes, legal battles, and human stories intersecting. As the nation navigates these complexities, it is essential to balance security, compassion, and justice.

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What is the 30-60-90 day rule for immigration (USCIS)?

After an interesting debate this week, between immigration attorneys on Facebook, I’ve learned that I am a lot more risk-averse than others.

This stems from a question an attorney posted, asking whether it is a good idea to file for Adjustment of Status (Permanent Residence) for parents of a US citizen who arrived in the US as visitors. The problem is not the filing, but the timing of the filing. These clients wanted to file a week after their arrival in the US.

The issue here is whether a USCIS officer deciding their case will assume they had “Immigrant Intent” when they came in as “Visitors”, and whether the officer can charge them with “fraud or misrepresentation”.

For the last 15 years of practice, I have always abided by “30/60/90 day rule”. In essence, we don’t file any Permanent Residence applications within 90 days of a visitor’s arrival in the US, unless there is a VERY good reason, ex. expiring status. This is what most immigration attorneys did.

If a USCIS officer finds “Fraud or Misrepresentation”, the person applying could be permanently barred from entering the US again.

Why risk a finding like this? Why not wait? Why try to fight USCIS, when you could have just waited a few weeks? I believe you are doing clients a disservice when you don’t advise them to wait. Isn’t that our job as attorneys, to give the best advice?

Many of those arguing for not waiting the 90 days cite a case “Matter of Cavazos” from 1980, where the BIA decided that notwithstanding preconceived intent, adjustment of status should ordinarily be granted for immediate relatives absent other negative factors.

While this is true, a USCIS officer could find other “negative factors” when they grill your client at their interview.

My advice to young immigration attorneys out there, wait the 90 days, and don’t get pushed around by eager clients. If they don’t want to wait, and you still take on the case, make it clear in your agreements that they have been advised of the risk, and that you are not responsible if it all goes wrong.

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Memorandum on the Deferred Enforced Departure for Certain Palestinians

President Joe Biden has issued this memorandum for Palestinians in the US. They will defer deportation for 18 months, however, there are many exceptions.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2024/02/14/memorandum-on-the-deferred-enforced-departure-for-certain-palestinians/?fbclid=IwAR0d16knZhb-8d4zDcOEi0XahBKQWF5nXVEuR8GvxQhNAeL-YdZvsuKj6v0

MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE

THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY

SUBJECT:       Deferred Enforced Departure for Certain Palestinians

Following the horrific October 7, 2023, terrorist attack by Hamas against Israel, and Israel’s ensuing military response, humanitarian conditions in the Palestinian territories, and primarily Gaza, have significantly deteriorated.  While I remain focused on improving the humanitarian situation, many civilians remain in danger; therefore, I am directing the deferral of removal of certain Palestinians who are present in the United States.

Pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct the foreign relations of the United States, I have determined that it is in the foreign policy interest of the United States to defer for 18 months the removal of any Palestinian subject to the conditions and exceptions provided below.

Accordingly, I hereby direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to take appropriate measures to defer for 18 months the removal of any Palestinian who is present in the United States on the date of this memorandum, except for those:

(1)  who have voluntarily returned to the Palestinian territories after the date of this memorandum;

(2)  who have not continuously resided in the United States since the date of this memorandum;

(3)  who are inadmissible under section 212(a)(3) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) (8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(3)) or deportable under section 237(a)(4) of the INA (8 U.S.C. 1227(a)(4));

(4)  who have been convicted of any felony or two or more misdemeanors committed in the United States, or who meet any of the criteria set forth in section 208(b)(2)(A) of the INA (8 U.S.C. 1158(b)(2)(A));

(5)  who are subject to extradition;

(6)  whose presence in the United States the Secretary of Homeland Security has determined is not in the interest of the United States or presents a danger to public safety; or

(7)  whose presence in the United States the Secretary of State has reasonable grounds to believe would have potentially serious adverse foreign policy consequences for the United States.

I further direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to take appropriate measures to authorize employment for noncitizens whose removal has been deferred, as provided by this memorandum, for the duration of such deferral, and to consider suspending regulatory requirements with respect to F-1 nonimmigrant students who are Palestinians as the Secretary of Homeland Security determines to be appropriate.

The Secretary of Homeland Security is authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

                             JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.

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