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Weekly Immigration News (August 22-28)

Weekly Immigration News (August 22-28)

USCIS Policy Manual Update

USCIS updated policy guidance in its Policy Manual to provide clarification on voter registration access at its administrative naturalization ceremonies. Guidance is effective immediately.

Evidentiary Requirements for Physicians (NIW)

USCIS confirmed the evidentiary requirements for physicians seeking a national interest waiver of the job offer requirement based on work in an underserved area or at a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facility. Guidance is effective as of August 16, 2023 and comments are due by September 18, 2023.

Update on CSPA

USCIS clarified that USCIS considers the February 14, 2023 policy change to be an extraordinary circumstance that may excuse the “sought to acquire” requirement under the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) in particular situations. Guidance is effective from August 24, 2023 and comments are due by September 25, 2023.

Online Form for Requesting In-Person Appointments

USCIS announced the launch of a new online form for individuals, attorneys, and accredited representatives to request an in-person appointment at their local field office for ADIT stamps, Emergency Advance Parole, Immigration Judge Grants, and more.

Trump Unveils 2025 Immigration Plan

Former President Trump disclosed his 2025 immigration plan if he were reelected. The plan takes his previous measures further, including naval blockades and military intervention at the U.S.-Mexico border. It also aims to curtail legal immigration through ideological screening, expanding travel bans, ending birthright citizenship, and implementing strict entry requirements.

Biden’s Humanitarian Parole Program Challenged in Court

The Biden administration’s humanitarian parole program, which allows up to 30,000 people from Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Haiti to enter the U.S. each month, headed to a Texas court on Thursday, 31 August, to determine its legality.

Source: USCIS & AILA

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