President Issues Memo on “Combating Nonimmigrant Overstay Rates”

On April 22, 2019, President Trump issued a memorandum on “Combating High Nonimmigrant Overstay Rates.” Some of the measures mentioned in the memo include as follows: Visa overstay rates are “unacceptably high for nationals of certain countries.” The Secretary of State will “engage with the governments of countries with a total overstay rate greater than 10 percent in the combined B-1 and B-2…visa category,” with a goal of identifying conditions that contribute to “those overstay rates and methods to address those conditions.” Recommended measures to combat visa overstay include: “Suspending or limiting entry of nationals of those countries who hold B-1 or B-2 visas;” Imposing “targeted susp

Simone to appear on RealTalk with Dr. David Anderson on May 28th!

On Tuesday, May 28th at 3:00 pm, Ms. Simone Williams will be a guest speaker on Real Talk with Dr. David Anderson to discuss hot topics in immigration. RealTalk with Dr. David Anderson is a vibrant radio show that explores provocative and relevant issues in the political, cultural and religious sphere. The show broadcasts every day between 3 pm and 4 pm in Washington D.C. To listen live to the broadcast on May 28th, please use this link.

USCIS Responds to Congressional Letter Asking for Info on Backlog Causes

On April 5, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) responded to a letter sent from 86 members of the U.S. House of Representatives to USCIS Director Francis Cissna. The letter asked the agency to explain the reasons for backlogged cases and how certain policies such as “extreme vetting” affect processing times and contribute to the backlog. In its response letter, USCIS noted some of the reasons for the current backlog: USCIS did not anticipate that filings would remain steady in FY 2017 following the implementation of the new fees in December 2016 and the presidential election in November 2016. For example, after the presidential election, naturalization filings did not dec

USCIS Processing Delays Have Now Hit Crisis Levels!!!

Nationwide, families, businesses and people applying for family-based benefits, employment- based benefits, naturalization, travel documents, and employment authorization are now all experiencing unprecedented delays. In FY2018, a staggering 94% of all immigration petitions and applications form types took longer to process when compared to FY2014. Many factors are to blame for slowing down immigration cases. For instance, new polices at USCIS are restricting immigration processing – one such policy requires USCIS officers to conduct duplicate reviews of past decision, adding unnecessary work to each case. Such inefficient policies help explain why processing times are increasing even as USC

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