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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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USCIS Updates Eligibility Information for Liberians Applying for Green Cards Under LRIF

USCIS updated its policy manual on April 7, 2020, to include additional information and eligibility requirements for Liberians and family applying for green cards under the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (LRIF). The new policy guidance provides clarity on who qualifies for residency under the law and explains how USCIS interprets other provisions of this…

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USCIS Closing Offices Through April 1, 2020

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is closing several types of public-facing offices in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. The following types of offices are impacted: Field offices, which conduct interviews and sometimes naturalization ceremonies Application Support Centers, where applicants go to have fingerprints and biometrics taken Asylum offices Further announcements will…

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