USCIS Changes Fees in Order to Meet Operational Needs

Unlike other government agencies, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is a fee funded agency. This means the fees that are collected and deposited into the Immigration Examinations Fee Account fund roughly 97% of USCIS’ budget. In order to ensure USCIS recovers its costs of services, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced […]

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Application Period Open for Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Programs

Applications for two funding opportunities under the Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program are now being accepted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Mandated by cCongress and funding with appropriations, these grant opportunities will give up to $10 million in grants for citizenship preparation programs in different communities across the country.  The goal of USCIS […]

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Trump Administration to Review Plan to End DACA Program

When President Trump campaigned for President, he addressed his plans to end the DACA Program. This provided temporary protection from deportation to qualified individuals brought to the United States illegally as children. After lawsuits arose regarding the President’s authority to reverse the program, the Supreme Court reviewed the case and ruled that it was unconstitutional […]

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SEVP Modifies Temporary Exemptions for Nonimmigrant Students Taking Online Classes in Fall 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many schools are choosing to continue with strictly online learning only for the upcoming 2020 fall semester. As a result, thousands of international students may be required to return back to their native countries to do their online schooling instead of being able to stay within the United States. […]

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