News Roundup for Week of October 28th

Read our weekly roundup to learn about the latest news in immigration and business this week.

1. USCIS revises fee waiver requirements

On October 25th, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced they will revise the requirements to request a fee waiver.

According to USCIS, they will be “removing the means-tested benefit criteria that was previously used as a factor in determining whether an applicant was exempt from paying for filing fees or biometric services.” The update will affect Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver.

Read the official USCIS announcement on their website.

2. USCIS announces increase in premium processing fee

This week, USCIS announced that the premium processing fee for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker will increase by $30 beginning November 29th, 2019.

Read the official USCIS announcement on their website.

3. US and El Salvador sign new agreement which includes a TPS extension

The Department of Homeland Security and El Salvador signed new agreements this week which will bring the countries into a closer working relationship.

One of the agreements includes an extension of temporary protected status (TPS) for a number of Salvadorans currently living in the U.S.

Read the official DHS announcement.

4. DHS extends MPP into new part of Texas

This week, DHS announced that immigrants will begin being processed through to Mexico at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry in Texas under the Trump Administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP).

The MPP is part of the Trump Administration’s policies of sending immigrants to Mexico for them to await their immigration proceedings in the U.S.

Read the official DHS announcement.

5. Reminder: Public Charge rule on hold by courts

We would like to remind our readers that the Trump Administration’s Public Charge rule is currently not in affect and is on hold until it moves through the courts.

Therefore, at this times, an individuals use of public assistance does not have any bearing on their immigration case.

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