Friends, some things have changed, but there is no "new law" or "new program" or "comprehensive immigration reform." (Not quite yet anyway.)
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Friends, some things have changed, but there is no "new law" or "new program" or "comprehensive immigration reform." (Not quite yet anyway.)
I was honored to have been asked to discuss the Biden administration’s immigration plans on a big Philippine news channel. Read all about it here: https://www.immigrationvisaattorneyblog.com/big-changes-can-be-made-with-small-tweaks/
I was pleased to represent Petitioner at the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in my first virtual oral argument! The case is Vasquez de Munoz v. Rosen.
France has offered front-line medical workers a fast-track to naturalization. No, it is not automatic, but it *is* a recognition that selfless service to the nation can take many forms — and should be recognized. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-55423257?fbclid=IwAR2Mk7zNNecrKB9m3kcAIa4J-jOAjNpnfyvs5VbozT0rfKt_GbiJoxKoidQ
Immigrants naturalised for services during the pandemic include cleaners and shop workers.
If COVID-19 Vaccines Bring An End To The Pandemic, America Has Immigrants To Thank
Scientists and investors born outside the U.S. played crucial roles in the development of COVID-19 vaccines — a remarkable vindication for the argument that innovation depends on immigration.
THE CITIZENSHIP TEST IS CHANGING. For anyone filing for naturalization after 1 December 2020, USCIS will change the History/Civics section of the Naturalization Test. Please remember to study! --jcf https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/document/crc/128%20Civics%20Questions%20and%20Answers%20%282020%20version%29.pdf
Romben will be presenting on 11/11 at the virtual luncheon at the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce. Please join us!
The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and Civic Association is a dynamic professional business support and advocacy organization.
I just noticed: SIX of this year's Nobel Laureates are American immigrants. How 'bout THEM apples? 😘
Immigration court is back, and so are we!
The new (higher) rates are effective Oct. 2. File soon if you want to pay the current fees.
The Trump administration is dramatically increasing fees for dozens of immigration and work applications, including a more than 80 percent increase on naturalization applications and a first-time fee for asylum applicants.
Trump administration rescinds rule on foreign students
BOSTON (AP) — Facing eight federal lawsuits and opposition from hundreds of universities, the Trump administration on Tuesday rescinded a rule that would have required international students to...
SUPREME COURT SAYS TRUMP CANCELLATION OF DACA WAS IMPROPER. Today, in a 5-4 decision, the US Supreme Court held that Donald Trump’s attempt to cancel the DACA program — a program that allows certain aliens brought to the USA before the age of 16 to obtain work permits and remain in the USA — was improper. The court ruled that a president does NOT have the power to unilaterally extinguish the program, and that Trump’s action was arbitrary and capricious. So: for the moment, the DACA Program continues.
DACA recipients should plan to renew their Employment Authorization Cards (EAD) about 4-5 months before the EAD expires. If a DACA recipient becomes the beneficiary of a visa petition, or if the DACA recipient has a change in civil status (marriage, divorce, etc.), please contact an experienced immigration lawyer about next steps.
Finally, as immigration attorneys, we at Fong & Aquino are joyful about the outcome of this case and happy that we have played a part to legalize some many immigrants over the years. However, please remember that Trump may now try to cancel DACA through more established procedures. We believe that such an effort would take a number of months, probably going past election day in November, and even up to inauguration day in January 2021. Of course, if Trump his bid for re-election, the attempt to cancel DACA will stop. WE MUST REMAIN VIGILENT!
IF YOU DID NOT APPLY FOR OR RENEW DACA BEFORE, you may still be eligible to do so now. Contact us. We are ready to help if you have questions. —jcf
Supreme Court rules against Trump's bid to end program shielding 'Dreamer' immigrants
The Supreme Court ruled against President Donald Trump on Thursday in a set of cases over his effort to end the Obama-era immigration program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.
U.S. Supreme Court snubs Trump on challenge to California 'sanctuary' laws
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed President Donald Trump a defeat in his legal showdown with the most-populous U.S. state, declining to hear his administration's challenge to "sanctuary" laws in California that protect immigrants from deportation.
USCIS is slowly re-opening! Starting with naturalization ceremonies! And not just for famous folks like Tan France!
Because of the pandemic, the US postponed citizenship ceremonies for months. That could keep thousands from voting in 2020
The system for swearing in new Americans screeched to a virtual standstill due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now thousands of immigrants are in limbo, and some are worried they won't become citizes in time to cast ballots in November.
USCIS can’t seriously be blaming the pandemic for a drop in applications! Our office continues to receive inquiries from folks who are eager to apply. But the major deterrents are high filing fees and policies that have made it more difficult to have applications fairly adjudicated, such as the new “public charge” rule, rejecting forms that USCIS deems incomplete because a box that was not applicable was left empty, and outright denials when an issue could have been fixed with a request for evidence or clarification. The agency would do well to figure out who is supposed to be benefitting from the S in Services.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has asked Congress for a lifeline amid the coronavirus pandemic that has caused applications to plummet and brought it to the brink of insolvency.
On 22 April 2020, Donald Trump issued a proclamation “suspending entry” of immigrants into the USA for the next 60 days. The Proclamation bars entry to *new* immigrant visa (IV) holders who do not *already* have a valid IV dated on or before 22 April 2020. The Proclamation makes a number of exceptions, including
- green card holders;
- IV holders, entering as healthcare professionals, and their families;
- IV holders, entering on the Immigrant Investor Program, otherwise known as the “millionaire’s green card;”
- IV holders who are the spouse, minor child, or adoptee of a US citizen; and
- certain other security-related or diplomatic entrants.
On its face, this Proclamation does NOT appear to affect applicants for Adjustment of Status.
On its face, this Proclamation does NOT tell us when US Embassies and Consulates will re-open for visa interviews.
On its face, this Proclamation does NOT tell us when USCIS will begin scheduling Adjustment of Status and marriage-related interviews.
On its face, this Proclamation does NOT affect nonimmigrant visas, although this could change.
On it*s face, this Proclamation does NOT stop individuals from seeking asylum, refugee status, withholding or removal, or protection under the Convention Against Torture.
The Proclamation takes effect at 23h59 (EDT) on 23 April 2020. The Proclamation remains valid for sixty days. Like all Trump Proclamations related to immigration, it is poorly written and unclear on many points. Like all Trump Proclamations related to immigration, it WILL be challenged by Fong & Aquino, the ACLU, AILA, and other immigrant advocates.
If you have questions, contact an experienced immigration attorney. —jcf
The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has significantly disrupted the livelihoods of Americans. In Proclamation 9994 of March 13, 2020 (Declaring a Nation
How Immigrant Medical Professionals Are Helping To Fight The Coronavirus
A growing number of health care workers in the U.S. are immigrants. Some states are issuing emergency orders authorizing licensing waivers for internationally trained health care providers.
UPDATE ON USCIS SHUT DOWN. USCIS has extended its shut down of routine immigration services and interviews until 3 May 2020. This includes immigration and naturalization interviews, biometrics, InfoPass, and Naturalization Oath Ceremonies. If you have an emergent problem, contact your immigration attorneys. —jcf https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/uscis-office-closings
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USCIS Announces Flexibility for Requests for Evidence, Notices of Intent to Deny
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it is adopting a measure to assist applicants and petitioners who are responding
Please remember: USCIS has shut down routine immigration services and interviews until 1 April 2020. It’s likely that this shutdown may get extended, too. The US Department of State Consular Services have closed for, visa interviews and issuance. This closure will continue until further notice.
If you have a bona fide emergency, contact your immigration attorney. —jcf
If you know anyone whose status is expiring soon (B1/B2 visitors, ESTA visitors, etc) and they don’t want to travel home due to coronavirus concerns, please let them know that we can assist with filing requests to extend their stay in the United States.
12 changes to the US immigration system during the coronavirus pandemic — CNN Politics
As the United States responds to the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration has made sweeping changes to the country's immigration apparatus, altering daily operations and disrupting the lives of thousands.
US CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES (USCIS) SUSPENDS REGULAR SERVICES UNTIL 1 APRIL 2020. Adjustment of Status interviews, Naturalization interviews and ceremonies, other asylum, visa, and status services are suspended. If you had an immigration appointment or a biometrics appointment, you will be notified by USCIS of your rescheduled date. If you have an emergency, please contact your attorney, or the USCIS Service Center. —jcf https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/uscis-response-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19
ALERT: Rescheduling Appointments Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)If you become ill for any reason, regardless of whether you were exposed to COVID-19, you should not come to appointments at a
We at Fong & Aquino are monitoring the response to the coronavirus for the safety of our clients and staff. We use CDC guidelines to prevent infection. We have hand sanitizer in the office, disinfect surfaces regularly, and wash our hands frequently. We will bow, smile, or wave — but we will refrain from handshakes. Our staff are required to stay home at any sign of illness, and they will receive paid medical leave.
Fong & Aquino has an international clientele that depends on us, and we will continue to conduct consultations and immigration law legal service. Our offices will conduct consultations via telephone or Skype. We urge clients to scan document to us, via email. Please call us to schedule appointments, or if you have other concerns. Please help us keep everyone safe by following similar guidelines. Hopefully, this will all pass very soon.
The headline says it all.
White House Chief of Staff tells a private gathering in England that United States needs more immigrant workers to fuel economic growth, a contrast to Trump policy.
We’re honored to have been invited to give a free seminar on citizenship tonight!
Today, Pasadena embraced approximately 1000 newly naturalized US citizens. Some of them happened to be our clients. 😉
Remember what Ronald Reagan said: “You can go to live in France, but you cannot become a Frenchman. You can go to live in Germany, or Turkey or Japan, but you cannot become a German, a Turk or Japanese. But anyone, from any corner of the Earth, can come to live in America and become an American.”
Not only do we do immigration law, we are also TV critics. Kinda.
Celebrating 5 years of being a part of the Pasadena business community! (Partner Romben Aquino with Paul Little, President, and Kelly Shearer, Member Service Manager.)
Come by and say hello!
The administration is thinking about charging $975 to appeal an immigration judge’s decision. That is almost TWICE the current fee to file an appeal at the federal circuit Courts of Appeals.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) is considering a proposed rule to substantially increase the fees migrants will have to pay to appeal their immigration cases.
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