The Trump Administration recently released a list of immigration priorities that strongly favor highly skilled, young immigrants. The Administration has proposed a merit-based system that awards an immigrant points based on his or her economic contributions, likelihood to assimilate, and ability to be financially self-sufficient.
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USCIS Streamlines Process of Obtaining Work Authorization and Social Security Number
USCIS recently updated Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, to allow foreign workers to apply for an employment authorization document (EAD) and Social Security number (SSN) on the same form. You can view the updated Form I-765 here.
Federal Appeals Court Rules Immigration Authorities Must Consider Ability to Pay When Setting Bond
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that immigration judges and the Department of Homeland Security must consider an immigrant’s financial resources when setting bond. This is a major win for undocumented immigrants since there have been multiple reports of people being incarcerated for several years simply because they could not afford to pay bond.
DHS to Begin Monitoring Immigrants’ Social Media Accounts
A recent report from the New York Times profiles yet another controversial change to immigrant vetting procedures in the United States. On Oct. 18, the Department of Homeland Security will begin screening the social media accounts of all immigrants who enter the U.S. The DHS will also track the social media data of green card holders and naturalized citizens including user names, aliases, search results, and associated identifiable information.
What Constitutes a “Credible Fear” of Persecution or Torture for Asylum Seekers?
If you left your home country out of fear for your own safety and you are afraid to return, you may qualify for asylum in the United States. However, you must meet strict eligibility requirements in order for your asylum application to be approved. One of the most important of these requirements is to establish that you have a “credible fear” of persecution or torture.
U.S. Immigration Crackdowns Have Caused Unprecedented Surge of Illegal Immigration to Canada
In response to new policies that have expanded the categories of immigrants who are eligible for deportation from the United States, thousands of immigrants have crossed the U.S.-Quebec border—many illegally—to avoid removal proceedings.