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The Biden Administration is NOT expected to renew Trump’s order halting many work-based visa programs which he imposed about a year ago. The order will expire this Wednesday and was justified because of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the U.S. economy.

Please visit The Hill News Article for more detailed information: Biden to let Trump-era visa restrictions expire

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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.

Please visit this page for more information: Electronic Reading Room

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USCIS announced on Wednesday, March 24th, that they were extending the flexibilities that they originally announced on March 30th. These flexibilities are for responding to certain requests from the USCIS, some are listed below:

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

Even with many states easing their COVID-19 restrictions, the USCIS would like to remind visitors that their visitor policy for all their facilities has not changed! They would like you to review their, “USCIS Visitor Policy” first before your visit. They remind all visitors ages 2 and above must still wear a mask within the facilities.

For complete details, please review USCIS News Alert, “Update on USCIS Visitor Policy

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The Biden Administration and the Congressional Democrats have created a new immigration reform bill, “U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021.” Senator Menendez (D, NJ) has introduced the bill to the Senate and Representative Sánchez (D, CA) has introduced an identical bill the House.

Here are just some of the highlights of the upcoming legislation:

  • Establish an “earned path to citizenship” for “eligible entrants” (and their spouses and children) that provides for an initial period of authorized admission as a “lawful prospective immigrant,” valid for six years and extendable. Qualifying individuals would also receive a work permit and travel authorization. A lawful prospective immigrant could become eligible for permanent residence after at least five years of prospective status. Prospective applicants would need to have been in the United States before 2021.

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; Mississippi, Missouri and Montana!

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.

Last spring at the beginning of the Pandemic, former President Trump stopped the issuance of green cards until the end of the year citing American job loss, this basically blocked legal immigration. Just before leaving office he extended the ban until the end of March 2021. On Wednesday, President Biden lifted that order!

In his proclamation, President Biden states that shutting the door on legal immigrants “does not advance the interests of the United States.” The proclamation also states, “To the contrary, it harms the United States, including by preventing certain family members of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents from joining their families here. It also harms industries in the United States that utilize talent from around the world,”.

Presidential Action: A Proclamation on Revoking Proclamation 10014

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; Massachusetts, Michigan and Minnesota!

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 announced on Thursday, February 28th, that they were extending the flexibilities that they originally announced on March 30th. These flexibilities are for responding to certain requests from the USCIS, some are listed below:

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

A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked the new Biden administration’s 100-day moratorium on deportations! Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton sued the Biden administration last week. He is arguing that the moratorium violated federal law and an agreement he signed with the Trump administration. U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton, a Trump appointee in the Southern District of Texas, issued a temporary restraining order that blocks the policy nationwide for 14 days. The administration has appealed the ruling!

For complete details, please review Reuters News Article, “US Judge Blocks Deportation Freeze in Swift Setback for Biden”.

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