Category: State & Local Laws

USCIS Proposes Increased Fees for All Immigration-Related Applications

In a new proposal officially put forward on Thursday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) called for major fee hikes for immigration-related applications. The cost for becoming a citizen would rise above $1,000 for the first time in history. In…
USCIS Implements $10 Fee for H-1B Visa Registration

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a final rule that will require a $10 non-refundable fee for each H-1B registration submitted by petitioning employers, once it implements the electronic registration system. The registration fee is part of an agency-wide…
USCIS Clarifies Special Immigrant Juvenile Classification to Better Ensure Victims of Abuse, Neglect and Abandonment Receive Protection

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today clarified requirements regarding the Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) classification. To ensure consistency surrounding this classification, USCIS is issuing three Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) adopted decisions. Through these adopted decisions, USCIS clarifies that it requires…
USCIS: Affidavit of Support

Form I-864, Affidavit of Support under Section 213A of the INA, is a contract an individual signs agreeing to use their financial resources to support the intending immigrant named on the affidavit. The individual who signs the affidavit of support…
Mayor Signs Executive Order About Immigration Issues

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – Nashville Mayor David Briley signed a controversial executive order on Tuesday about an already divisive issue. Briley said Metro employees are not to work with ICE agents to identify illegal immigrants unless it’s absolutely necessary. The…
Licensing Bill Triggers Debate Over Immigration, Driving

BOSTON — Supporters of a bill that would make driver’s licenses available to undocumented immigrants packed the State House’s largest hearing room Wednesday to renew the push for a policy that has come up short in previous sessions and would…
Immigration Law Ever-changing With Societal Views

Walking into a new patient appointment, you encounter a mother with two children ages 8 and 14 years old. The mother and older sibling understand some Spanish, but primarily speak Mam, a Mayan dialect for which there are no medical…
Immigration Law Ever-changing With Societal Views

U.S. immigration regulations have been a hot-button topic in 2019. According to David Leopold, partner and chair of the immigration law group at Ulmer & Berne LLP, and Margaret W. Wong, founder and managing partner at Margaret W. Wong &…
A Popular Immigration Bill is Bad News For US Esports

“What makes me nervous is the fact that it just sailed through the House.” Genie Doi is an immigration lawyer with Electronic Sports and Gaming Law, an esports-specific law firm in Los Angeles, California. She’s talking about S.386, or the…