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New Public Charge Rule Takes Effect Nationwide

On February 24, 2020, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began implementing the public charge final rule, which it had published in August 2019, nationwide.

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USCIS Will Not Pre-Paid Mailers for FY 2021 Cap Subject H1B Petitions

On February 14, 2020, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it “will not use pre-paid mailers to send out any communications or final notices for fiscal year 2021 cap-subject H1B petitions, including those requesting consideration under the advanced degree exemption.”

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USCIS Response to Coronavirus Outbreak in China

On February 5, 2020, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a news update detailing its response to the ongoing novel coronavirus outbreak in China.

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DHS Publishes New Forms Due to Public Charge Rule

The USCIS has published new editions of all of its forms affected by the new public charge final rule, which will take effect outside of Illinois on February 24, 2020.

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Guidance for Residents of Illinois on New Public Charge Rule

On February 24, 2020, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin implementing its new public charge rule nationwide, except in Illinois. The new public charge rule remains enjoined in Illinois by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The USCIS provided guidance for public charge determinations in Illinois under the current legal situation.

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DOS Updates Website to Increase Understanding of Family-Based Immigrant Visa Processing

On February 7, 2020, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) updated its website to provide information on its implementation of a fully digitized visa application process for family-based immigrant visa cases.

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Justice Gorsuch Weighs In Against Universal Injunctions in Public Charge Case

On January 27, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States stayed a universal injunction entered by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) against the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) new public charge rule. In this post, we will briefly examine an interesting concurring opinion authored by Justice Neil Gorsuch, and joined by Justice Clarence Thomas, inveighing against the increasing tendency of district court judges to enter universal injunctions, preventing the Government from implementing a policy nationwide.

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Supreme Court Stays Universal Injunction Against Public Charge Rule

On January 27, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States stayed a universal injunction against the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) public charge rule that had been entered by the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York. The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit had denied the Government’s motion to stay. The Supreme Court’s stay will remain in effect pending the Government’s appeal of the Southern District decision on the merits of the public charge rule to the Second Circuit. The USCIS has stated it will begin applying the new rule.

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January 2020 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) published its monthly immigrant visa bulletin for January 2020 on December 9, 2019. The Visa Bulletin for January 2020 contains information on when beneficiaries of approved family-sponsored and employment-based immigrant visa preference petitions will be eligible for immigrant visas based on their priority dates. On December 20, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) determined that beneficiaries of approved immigrant visa petitions in both the family-sponsored and employment-based preferences must use the more favorable “dates for filing” charts from the Visa Bulletin for January 2020 to determine if they are eligible to apply for adjustment of status during the month (with limited exceptions).

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EOIR Opens Houston - S. Gessner Road Immigration Court

The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced that it will open a third immigration court in Houston, Texas, on January 6, 2019. The new immigration court will be the Houston – S. Gessner Road Immigration Court.

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