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September 2020

Trump Administration Proposes Changes to International Student Visas

The Trump Administration has proposed changes to the international student visas. A summary of the proposal has been prepared by Penn State Law and is available here: https://pennstatelaw.psu.edu/sites/default/files/documents/pdfs/Immigrants/FJISummary9-27.pdf

At this point, these rules have not been approved. People in the US on student visas continue to be governed by current rules.

do i lose my green card if i get divorced

Divorce and Green Cards

Divorce is never easy. But if you’re a foreign national in the US, divorce can affect your US immigration status. Below, I will discuss whether or not a divorce could affect your permanent resident status. If you are in the US as the spouse of a visa holder, the divorce may render your status invalid as of the date of the divorce.

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Another day, another change in immigration: Court blocks USCIS’s fee increase

Another day brings another change to US immigration law and practice. As of yesterday, September 29, 2020, a federal court ordered a preliminary injunction against USCIS from implementing its fee increases, which were set to go into effect for all cases filed on or after October 2, 2020. See https://www.forbes.com/sites/stuartanderson/2020/09/30/judge-blocks-uscis-fee-increases-heres-why-it-happened/#6954d313583a.

Injunctions are temporary, and USCIS may ultimately win its campaign of raising fees. With that do not file any application without carefully checking the fees as of the date that you file your application, especially if you are filing after October 2, 2020.

Contact my office if you would like to discuss your immigration status and immigration options that may be available to you.

USCIS Fees Increase on October 2, 2020

USCIS increased most filing fees. The changes will take effect as of October 2, 2020. This means that any application that is postmarked ON or after October 2, 2020 will need the new fees.

Clinic Legal Services prepared a wonderful chart that describes the new fees. The chart is at https://cliniclegal.org/resources/fee-waivers-uscis/selected-uscis-form-fees-beginning-oct-2-2020 (also open at USCIS Form Fees Chart.2020.09)

A big change for many of my clients will be that the fees for I-765 Application for Employment Authorization and I-131 Application for Travel Document will NO LONGER be included in the fee for the I-485 Application for Adjustment of Status. Since approximately 2007, the I-485 fee covered the initial I-765 and I-131 documents if filed concurrently with the I-485.

Before you file any application, go to USCIS.gov/forms to check

  • the filing fee as of the date that you file
  • the form edition date as of the date that you file
  • the filing address as of the date that you file
  • the instructions for the forms, which include tips on how to answer questions on the forms, which documents/evidence must be submitted with the forms, and other important information about the various forms

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