USCIS Launches SAVE Initiative Aimed at Sponsors of Immigrants

On September 10, USCIS announced that it was implementing a new initiative called SAVE (Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements). This initiative is aimed at sponsors of immigrants, which usually includes family filing petitions as well as other individuals who complete affidavits of support at some point during the process of becoming a lawful permanent resident.…

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USCIS Updates Guidance on Discretion

USCIS announced updates to its guidance on discretion in immigration decisions on July 15, 2020. While this guidance is aimed at adjudicators who are deciding whether to approve a benefit, it should be useful for arguing positive discretionary factors as well. The updates can be found in the USCIS Policy Manual:

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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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