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Changes to the Work Permit Process for Affirmative Asylum Cases

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will publish a new final rule on June 22, 2020, effective August 21, 2020, modifying features of the work permit process for asylum seekers. Some of the changes being made include: Eliminating the 30-day timeframe for adjudication of work permit requests for first-time applicants who have pending asylum applications…

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Supreme Court Holds that Trump Administration Unlawfully Terminated DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

In a decision issued by the Supreme Court on June 18, 2020, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that the Trump Administration violated the law when it terminated DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) for hundreds of thousands of immigrants. The decision was based on the Trump Administration’s actions taken in terminating the program, its failure…

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Executive Office for Immigration Review

Non-Detained Immigration Court Hearings Postponed through June 26, 2020 except in Honolulu

The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) sent an update on May 29, 2020, stating that all immigration court hearings for non-detained individuals are now postponed through June 26, 2020. This means that the courts will reopen for non-detained hearings on June 29, 2020. This new announcement does not apply to the Honolulu Immigration Court,…

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USCIS Preparing to Reopen Offices

US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced on May 26, 2020 that it would begin reopening its public offices. Starting on June 4, 2020 USCIS offices will gradually start to reopen with new procedures and protections against the coronavirus. Most USCIS public offices have been completely closed with rare exceptions only for very urgent cases; however,…

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USCIS Fee Increases Coming

The New York Times reports on May 17, 2020, that US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is asking Congress for emergency funding. The agency plans to recover those funds with a 10% fee surcharge on immigration applications. At this time, it is unclear how soon those fee increases might take effect or whether they will…

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Executive Office for Immigration Review

Hearings Under the MPP “Remain in Mexico” Program Delayed Until June 22, 2020

On May 10, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security and the Executive Office for Immigration Review announced an additional delay in cases being conducted under the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). Those cases are held at or near the US-Mexico border and applicants are forced to remain in Mexico while they await their court hearings. Based…

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