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USCIS Slowly Resuming Citizenship Interviews and Other Immigration News

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Zoom Weddings!

You can now hold your ceremony anywhere! Your living room, your roof—anywhere with a reliable Wi-Fi connection. Check out our firm’s recent blog article for more info.

Moumita Joins the Board of Laal

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Moumita is proud to announce she has joined the board of directors for Laal NYC. More about Laal and their mission:

“We envision a self-sustaining community of Bengali women. Our goal is for the educational programs that we provide to make a meaningful impact on Bangladeshi women in the Bronx. In addition to our programming, within the next 3-5 years, we commit to creating a dedicated physical space where Bangladeshi women can congregate, work, and meet. Bangladeshi women in Norwood lack a safe, public space to convene. While Bangladeshi men frequent culturally masculine spaces, such as neighborhood restaurants and mosques, Bangladeshi women of the Bronx lack a safe, public space to convene.”

To learn more, visit: https://www.laalnyc.org/


USCIS has proposed fee increases of up to 77%

Last week, USCIS filed a final proposal on some fee increases. The proposal would hike the fee for a naturalization case from $640 to $1,170, among other increases for adjustment of status and business visas. The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the American Immigration Council have both asked the Trump administration to withdraw the proposal, saying that fee hikes on these visas will hurt U.S. businesses and families.

USCIS offices reopen, naturalizations will resume

Some USCIS offices are now open to the public as of June 4. This means that the thousands of immigrants who were kept from completing the naturalization process will now be able to finish the process and take the Oath of Allegiance. The timing of this is especially crucial, since many hope to have their citizenship before the November election.


Other Immigration News

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The newly proposed immigration restrictions will make it even harder for asylum seekers to enter the U.S.

On June 10, the Trump administration published a proposal for increased immigration restrictions that would affect asylum seekers even after the COVID-19 pandemic. The proposed policy would allow immigration judges to throw out an asylum seeker’s application before a hearing if there are flaws, despite the fact that many details strengthening an asylum seeker’s case come out during asylum hearings.

The proposed rule lists factors that would be considered negatively in an application, including traveling through another country before requesting asylum in the U.S., living in the U.S. for more than a year before filing, and a failure to file taxes in the U.S.

A federal judge has ruled that ICE may not make immigration arrests at New York courthouses.

On June 10, a federal judge in New York ruled that the practice of making immigration arrests in and around state courthouses was illegal. The lawsuit against ICE was brought by the New York attorney general, who argued that ICE’s actions “chilled participation” in courts and disrupted hearings, as ICE would arrest people coming in for scheduled hearings.

This is the second federal judge to rule against the policy; last year, a judge in Massachusetts issued a preliminary injunction stopping ICE from conducting arrests in or at the entry of Massachusetts courthouses.

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Holiday Closure for Immigration Courts

Hearings in non-detained cases at all other immigration courts are postponed through, and including, Thursday, July 2, 2020. All immigration courts will be closed Friday, July 3, 2020, in observance of Independence Day.


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