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USCIS Resumes Rescheduling Biometric Appointments By Phone – Path2USA

After suspending biometric screening requirements for H4 EAD applicants, USCIS announced that applicants, petitioners, requestors and beneficiaries can now call the USCIS Contact Center (800-375-5283) to reschedule their biometric services appointments. Previously, applicants had to submit their rescheduling requests in writing. This led to undue paperwork and difficulty in tracking all the requests. What You Should Know […]

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Stakeholder Perspectives on Addressing Migration P..

“Chairman Correa, Ranking Member Meijer, and Members of the Subcommittee: Thank you for the opportunity to testify today before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Oversight, Management, and Accountability. My name is Ariel G.Ruiz Soto, and I am a policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute, a non-partisan, independent research […]

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Article 2021: Refugees and Asylees in the United S..

While the United States has historically led the world in refugee resettlement numbers, admissions fell dramatically under President Donald Trump, whose administration increased vetting procedures and reduced the number of refugees accepted annually to record lows. In 2018 the United States fell behind Canada as the top resettlement country globally. And in fiscal year (FY) […]

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Biometrics Requirement Waived for Certain I-539 Applicants & New Telephone Rescheduling for Biometrics Appointments — Visa Lawyer Blog — May 13, 2021

In this blog post, we share with you some new biometrics updates recently announced by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Biometrics Submissions Waived for Certain I-539 Applicants Beginning May 17, 2021, USCIS will be temporarily suspending the biometrics submission requirement for applicants filing Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, who are […]

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Department of State Announces Four-Tiered Approach for Immigrant Visa Prioritization at Consulates and Embassies Worldwide

In its continued efforts to improve communications with the public regarding the status of visa operations worldwide, the Department of State recently provided new insights regarding Immigrant Visa Prioritization at Consular posts overseas. To reduce the immigrant visa backlog, the Department has announced the adoption of a new four-tiered approach that is designed to triage […]

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Research: Rethinking the U.S. Legal Immigration Sy..

Rethinking the U.S. Legal Immigration System: A Policy Road Map The U.S. legal immigration system, built on a scaffolding first established in 1952 and last significantly updated by Congress in 1990, is profoundly misaligned with demographic and other realities—resulting in enormous consequences for the country and for its economy. This misalignment is the principal cause […]

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Biden Administration Issues New COVID-19 Travel Ban for Nonimmigrants from India Effective May 4, 2021 — Visa Lawyer Blog — May 3, 2021

Happy Monday! It is another exciting week filled with new immigration updates unfolding in our ever-changing immigration landscape. Our office is committed to bringing you the latest immigration news, and keeping you informed on the evolving status of immigration during the COVID-19 global health crisis. As the rates of COVID-19 have continued to erupt in […]

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