Helpful Resources on Recent Changes to the U.S. Immigration System

As a companion to our September Facebook Live, this post collects several helpful resources for those who want to learn more about the recent changes to the U.S. immigration system made by the Trump Administration.

Public Charge Rule

In August 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a policy update to the “public charge” rule which affects immigrants seeking admission into the U.S. or to adjust their status.

For more information regarding the update, visit the following web pages.

>Federal Register page for the new rule
>USCIS page explaining the new rule

Tax Transcripts

In recent months, tax transcripts have become required documentation for many immigrants moving through the U.S. immigration system, including what and how many years are required.

For more information regarding tax transcripts, visit the following web pages.

>Internal Revenue Service (IRS) page on tax transcripts
>IRS page on Form 4506-T

U Visas

In August 2019, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) update their policy on how they will handle U Visa applications.

Previously, ICE relied on USCIS to determine whether the U Visa application was properly filed or needed further review. ICE will now make its own determination regardless of the USCIS outcome.

For more information on the policy updates to the U Visa process, visit the following web pages.

>ICE page announcing the new policy
>USCIS page on the release of new resource guide regarding U Visas

Form N-400 Requirement

Recent updates to the naturalization process will now require immigrants to speak English in order to be naturalized.

For more information regarding naturalization, visit the following web pages.

>USCIS page on Form N-400
>USCIS page on a Guide to Naturalization
>USCIS page on the naturalization test

Form N-600 Requirement

In August 2019, USCIS announced a significant update to how residency/physical presence for the children of U.S. government employees and service members would be determined.

Under the new policy, certain children who are living abroad with their U.S. government employee/service member parents will no longer be considered as “residing” in the U.S. for purposes of U.S. citizenship.

For more information regarding this update and citizenship, visit the following web pages.

>USCIS policy alert on the update
>USCIS page on the policy update
>USCIS infographic clarify the new policy

Work Authorization for Parolees

In August 2019, USCIS updated their policy on work authorization for immigrant parolees. Under the new update, USCIS clarified that parolees are not entitled to authorization to work within the U.S.

For more information regarding the update, visit the following web pages.

>USCIS announcement regarding the new policy
>USCIS Policy Manual section regarding parolees and work authorization

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