Perhaps for the last time, the U.S. Diversity Green Card lottery program is opening up to applicants in October. If you are from a country that is underrepresented in the flow of immigrants to the United States, this may be your last time to apply and if you are lucky, immigrate to the United States.Details
This past week, Sabrina Tavernise of the New York Times reported that the United States now has the its highest level of foreign-born residents (13.7 percent) since 1910, the peak of the last great wave of immigration when the percentage of foreign-born residents hit 15 percent. Immigrants from Asia comprise the largest group of foreign-born residents who have arrived in the United States in the 21st century.Details
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Somalia’s designation who want to maintain their status through the 18-month extension period ending on March 17, 2020, must re-register between Aug. 27, 2018, and Oct. 26, 2018.Details
In Trump’s State of the Union address, he proposed changing the family-immigration system that allows legal immigrants to sponsor family members for green cards, an act that some call “chain migration.” Alejandro Barahona/azcentral Wochit
First lady Melania Trump’s immigrant parents are now U.S. citizens.
Viktor and Amalija Knavs, who are originally from Slovenia, took the citizenship oath in August at a federal building in Manhattan.Details
Jamaican-born director Danae Grandison’s Film “Unspoken” To Have World Premiere at 22nd Annual Urbanworld® Film Festival in New York City
Jamaican-born filmmaker Danae Grandison’s short film “Unspoken” was named an official sectional in the Narrative Shorts Category at the 22nd Urbanworld® Film Festival (www.urbanworld.org), an annual showcase of diverse culture and sensibility.Details
Years of research, using different sources of data (self-reports, arrests, convictions), at different levels of analysis (individual, city, state), conducted in different time periods, by different authors continues to show the exact same finding: Immigrants do not commit crime at higher rates than native-born Americans, and more immigration, in the aggregate, does not lead to more crime. Period.Details
USCIS is extending the previously announced temporary suspension of premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions and, beginning Sept. 11, 2018, will be expanding this temporary suspension to include certain additional H-1B petitions. We expect these suspensions will last until Feb. 19, 2019, and will notify the public via uscis.gov before resuming premium processing for these petitions.Details
WASHINGTON— U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a revised final policy memorandum (PDF, 129 KB) related to unlawful presence after considering feedback received during a 30-day public comment period that ended June 11, 2018. Under the revised final policy memorandum, effective Aug. 9, 2018, F and M nonimmigrants who fall out of status and timely file for reinstatement of that status will have their accrual of unlawful presence suspended while their application is pending.Details
Trump Administration Proposal Could Punish Legal Immigrants If Their Family Members Use Public Assistance
A proposed rule change by the Trump administration could sharply curtail the number of legal immigrants eligible to become permanent residents by penalizing them if their family members receive public assistance — even if those family members are U.S. citizens.
According to a 7 August 2018 NBC report, the proposed change to what is known as the “public charge” rule will be published imminently in the federal register, at which point the public will have the opportunity to comment before it becomes official.Details