Newark, NJ-Fees for immigration petitions and applications will increase significantly beginning December 23, 2016, the USCIS announced. Immigrants need to be aware of the changes if they are planning on filing for any immigration benefits or status.
Work Permits for Asylum Seekers Now Valid Longer
Newark, NJ- If you are an asylum seeker and are granted work authorization, your work permit will be valid longer after a recent rule change. On October 5th, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that work permits for asylum applicants will now be valid for two years instead of one year. This new rule is good news for immigrants and will save asylum seekers and USCIS money, time and stress.
Federal District Court Rules Against Immigration Detainers
Newark, NJ- A federal district court in the Northern District of Illinois recently ruled that immigration detainers exceed the legal authority of federal immigration agencies. The ruling voids immigration detainers issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Illinois and several surrounding states, but the effects of the decision could impact other districts, maybe New Jersey.
DHS to Offer Parole to U-Visa Eligible Immigrants
Newark, NJ- Immigrants who are victims of crime and cooperating with police may be eligible for a U-visa. A U-visa is a special category of nonimmigrant visa that applies to immigrants who are victims of crime and their immediate family members. It gives them protection from deportation while also granting them work authorization. But many immigrants living abroad who are eligible for a U-visa remain in personal danger in their native countries because only a limited number of U-visas are issued each year and caps on the number of these visas have been met every year since 2009. For that reason, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced they would begin offering humanitarian parole to U-Visa petitioners and their family members living abroad.
Obama Administration Proposes New Visa Rule for Immigrant Entrepreneurs
Newark, NJ- In a past study, the Partnership for a New American Economy found that immigrants started 18 percent of the largest companies in the U.S., but some of these entrepreneurial immigrants have to leave the country before their businesses are allowed to grow because of their immigration status. Furthermore, immigrants who are working as literary translators or other freelance services are also struggling to find permanent residence in the country. To address this problem, the Obama Administration proposed a new rule that would allow immigrant entrepreneurs to stay in the U.S. and have the opportunity to grow their businesses. A lot of immigrants struggle because they can’t get the visas they need or the financial backing but luckily, it’s becoming easier for them to do things like apply for credit card applications for no credit and stay in the country longer. However, this new rule means eligible applicants must meet strict criteria to qualify for the program should it become policy.