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On Friday September 10, the U.S. Department of Justice filed an appeal against a July 10 Houston Court ruling in which first-time Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applicants were barred from applying for the program. The suspension is blocking around 80,000 new applications from young adults who were brought to the country illegally as children – all of whom may be at risk of deportation. Those already holding DACA
The White House today proposed an increase in the annual refugee admissions ceiling, from 62,500 to 125,000 for fiscal year 2022 which starts October 1. President Biden previously raised the ceiling to 62,500 from a record low of 15,000 set by President Trump. State Department Spokesperson, Ned Price, said in a statement on Monday that President Biden had sent a report to Congress detailing his intention to open up the
The Senate Parliamentarian ruled on Sunday that the Democrats cannot provide a path to citizenship for 8 million undocumented immigrants as part of their latest $3.5 trillion budget bill. The Senate official, Elizabeth MacDonough, dealt a blow to immigration reformists who hoped to secure the legislation to help give status to millions of immigrants in Biden’s first year in office. Senate Leader Chuck Schumer said he is “deeply disappointed” by
The White House has this week announced that they will be fully lifting restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers, starting in November. Those entering the U.S. will need to show recognized proof of their vaccination status as well as a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than three days before their departure. Unvaccinated residents have had their restrictions increased slightly – those unable to provide proof of vaccination will need to
Among the 31,000 people airlifted to safety in the U.S. from Afghanistan in recent weeks, over 23,000 are refugees who are looking to start new lives in America. According to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milley, the vast majority of these people are being accommodated at 7 military bases across the U.S. awaiting customs processing, on top of another 20,000 who are being housed in European
US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has approved a significantly higher share of H-1B visas this year as the demand for tech talent from around the world continues to increase. In the quarter to June, the approval rate was 98.1% compared to around 84% in 2019. During Trump’s presidency, approval rates had fallen, with USCIS rejecting more applications and agents requiring a higher degree of supporting documentation (RFEs) to be
A collection of 40 lawmakers, led by Raja Krishnamoorthi – co-chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Immigration Task Force – has written to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate leader Chuck Schumer demanding that the immigration system be reformed to help the economy recover in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Their key request was a “path to lawful permanent residence for the 1.2 million people in the
Effective October 1, 2021, green card applicants are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to clear their immigration medical exam, complete their application for permanent residence – and get their green card. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has passed this order, in light of rising COVID-19 numbers across the U.S. This requirement applies all green card applications – for those applying for adjustment of
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