The Department of State has released its latest Visa Bulletin.

Click the link to view the February 2020 Visa Bulletin

The monthly Visa Bulletin has changed. The bulletin now summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during the reported month for: “Application Final Action Dates” (consistent with prior Visa Bulletins) and “Dates for Filing Applications,” indicating when immigrant visa applicants should be notified to assemble and submit required documentation to the National Visa Center using Consular Processing (outside of the US) or file on their own with USCIS Form I-485 (within the US).

The Trump Administration has made many changes to the legal immigration system that will take effect in 2020. These changes will impact the lives of millions of legal immigrants already living in the United States. This Miami Herald news article listed five that they feel will affect legal immigrant’s lives the most!

Here are the five changes highlighted by the article:

  1. Cost hikes for key immigration processes

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream…”

Excerpt from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” Speech, delivered on August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial!

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Question #1 – B-1 Temporary Business Visitor Visa

How long can someone stay in US on a Business Visa (B1/B2)?

The American Immigration Council (AIC) has released all fifty states and the District of Columbia, for a total of fifty-one updated state-by-state fact sheets highlighting immigration data and facts. These fact sheets highlight the demographic and economic impact of Immigrants in each state.

With national immigration policy being discussed, we thought that it would be a good time to provide some statistics on the Immigrant population in the United States as provided by this AIC research. Once a week we will be posting a blog with information on three states at a time. This week we will highlight; North Carolina, North Dakota and Ohio!

The AIC has compiled research which shows that Immigrants are an essential part of each of these states’ economy, labor force and tax base. As our economy continues to grow, Immigrants and their children are a growing economic and political force as consumers, taxpayers and entrepreneurs. As United States economic continues to grow, immigrants and their children will continue to play a key role in shaping the economic and political future of each of these states.

USCIS has an online Electronic Reading Room with access to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requested documents. The Reading Room is really a Web-based searchable database of public requested FOIA documents; mixed with USCIS documents that the government decided may have a larger public demand. You can use pull-downs to choose different listed subjects and include any month/year date from January 2011 to the present. You can also type in your own keywords to search.

Electronic Reading Room

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We wanted to find a new way to engage our reader base. Every other Friday, we will post the ten (10) best/most frequently asked questions received during the week from our h1bvisalawyerblog, Facebook, and Twitter readers. We will answer those questions and provide the Q&A on our H-1B Visa Lawyer Blog.

If you have a burning question, are seeking assistance with a difficult immigration related case, wish to discuss your views on Comprehensive Immigration Reform, DREAMers, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, priority dates, the monthly visa bulletin, adjustment applications, etc., please contact us by submitting your question/comment/viewpoint in our comment box provided on our H-1B Visa Lawyer Blog.

Our next “Q & A Forum” will take place this Friday, January 17, 2020. Act now and submit your questions!

Six House Democrats, all Chairman or Vice Chairs of relative congressional committees have sent a letter to the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, the Acting Commissioner of the CBP, Mark Morgan and Port Director, Kenneth Williams demanding to know why 200 Iranian-Americans were delayed for up to 12 hours at the Canadian border over the first weekend of 2020.

The letter sent to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), stated, “Many impacted individuals were U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, including seniors and children,”. The letter goes on to state, “CBP held a family of four U.S. citizens of Iranian descent – who were pre-screened for expedited processing as Nexus pass holder – for nearly five hours.” All the delays in question were at the Peace Arch Border Crossing in Blaine, Washington!

For further details please review The Hill news article, “House Dems demand answers regarding holding of Iranian-Americans at border”.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced the start of a Pilot Program to collect DNA from certain individuals taken into their custody in two locations. The two locations selected for the 90-day Pilot Program are:

  • The U.S. Border Patrol in the Detroit Sector
  • The Office of Field Operations at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry in southwestern Texas