Read our weekly roundup to learn about the latest news in immigration and business this week.
1. ICE issues new directive on U visas
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a new directive that changes how U visas will be handled.
U visas are reserved for undocumented immigrants who are victims of crimes or witnessed a crime.
Specifically, ICE now reserves the right to “review the totality of the circumstances, including any favorable or adverse factors, and any federal interest(s) implicated and decide whether a Stay of Removal or terminating proceedings is appropriate” for those who apply for a U visa.
In short, instead of stopping removal proceedings for undocumented immigrants who apply for a U visa, these immigrants can now be deported even while their applications are pending.
These changes are part of the Trump Administration’s continued effort to shutdown as much of the U.S. immigration system as possible.
2. Trump Administration reverses decision to end program that provides medical care to some immigrants
Last month, the Trump Administration ended a program that deferred deportation proceedings for undocumented immigrants who were in need of serious medical care.
This week, the Administration reversed the decision after intense backlash, stating that “USCIS will complete the caseload that was pending on August 7” when the program was ended.
3. DHS posts proposed rule to add a registration fee to H-1B visa applications
On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security posted a new proposed rule that will add a $10 registration fee to H-1B visa applications for the FY 2021 H-1B filing season.
DHS and USCIS recently announced the H-1B filing process would be undergoing significant changes for future filing seasons.
4. Trump Administration to divert $3.6 billion in funds from DOD projects to pay for border wall
This week, the Pentagon announced it will be diverting $3.6 billion in funds from Department of Defense (DOD) projects in an effort to pay for President Trump’s border wall.
In some cases, funds are even being diverted from schools and daycare centers for children of U.S. military members.
5. U.S./China set October for new trade talks
China announced it had reached an agreement to open new talks with the U.S. over the prolonged trade war going on between the two countries.
At this time, it appears the talks will be very high-level , but markets warmed to the announcement by rising across the world.
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