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The Biden administration announced that it will resume immigrant visa processing in Havana, Cuba to discourage illegal immigration from that country. A record number of Cubans are fleeing to the United States though the Mexico border in the last few years. 

A State Department Official stated, “These efforts are a key step to meet the U.S. commitment under the U.S.-Cuba Migration Accords to ensure that total legal migration to the United States from Cuba will be a minimum of 20,000 Cubans each year, not including immediate relatives of U.S. citizens,”. 

For more information, please read the CBS News Article, “U.S. to restart immigrant visa processing in Cuba in 2023 to discourage illegal migration”! 

This video is a discussion of the action by  Florida Governor DeSantis flying 50 migrants from his state of Florida to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts! This video includes comments from Florida Senator Mark Rubio, California Governor Newson, President Biden, and others! Governors of both Florida and Texas have been sending migrants to other states they call, “Sanctuary States” in what seems like a political move! 

 
Video – Immigration Battle Intensifies – ABC News Video 

 
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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule which clarifies how the DHS will administer the public charge ground of inadmissibility against a noncitizen. This rule restores the historical understanding of a ‘public charge’ that had been in place for decades, until the Trump Administration changed the interpretation of the rule.

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas stated, “This action ensures fair and humane treatment of legal immigrants and their U.S. citizen family members,”. He also stated, “Consistent with America’s bedrock values, we will not penalize individuals for choosing to access the health benefits and other supplemental government services available to them.”

For further details please review the USCIS News Alert, “DHS Publishes Fair and Humane Public Charge Rule“.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced updated COVID-19 vaccination requirements for beneficiaries paroled into the United States under Uniting for Ukraine. This change will be effective immediately, all beneficiaries aged 6 months and older must have an attestation submitted attesting that they received COVID-19 vaccinations both before traveling to the United States and after arrival in the United States, unless they are eligible for an exception. This change was made because there are now approved COVID-19 vaccine for the younger age groups. 

 
For further details please review the USCIS News Alert, “Updated COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Uniting for Ukraine Parolees“. 

 
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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is publishing fact sheets with information on the population that are eligible for naturalization in specific regions. These fact sheets provide information on select characteristics of people with Lawful Permanent Residence (LPR) status, also known as Green Card holders in the different regions of the country. I have included three of the regions below.      

 
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USCIS announced on Monday, July 25th, that they were extending the Flexibilities that they originally announced in March 2020. These flexibilities are for responding to certain requests from the USCIS, some are listed below: 

  • Requests for Evidence; 
  • Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14); 

On Wednesday, July 20th, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) updated their Fee Schedule for services for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). They published a new, Form G-1055, Fee Schedule on the USCIS website. Please review the linked form to see the new fee schedule and how it will affect you or your family. 

 
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USCIS (USCIS.gov), 7/21/22, Web Page: 

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