October 1st, 2020DHS Proposes Rule to Strengthen Affidavit of Support ProcessThe Department of Homeland Security today announced it will publish a notice of proposed rulemaking that would increase the integrity of the nation’s lawful immigration system, make it easier to hold immigrant sponsors accountable for failing to meet the obligations of contracts they sign with the federal government, and align agency policy in accordance with the May 2019 Presidential Memorandum on Enforcing the Legal Responsibilities of Sponsors of Aliens.
September 30th, 2020USCIS Response to Preliminary Injunction of Fee RuleU.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Deputy Director of Policy Joseph Edlow issued the following statement in response to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issuing a nationwide preliminary injunction enjoining fee increases for citizenship and other immigration benefits.
September 10th, 2020USCIS Launches Sponsor Deeming and Agency Reimbursement Information Collection InitiativeU.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced the launch of a new Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) initiative that will enable agencies that administer federal means-tested benefits to ensure more effective compliance with federal laws, regulations, and policies related to financial support of aliens by their sponsors and agency reimbursement.
October 20th, 2020Tools OutageUSCIS will conduct system maintenance to the Contact Relationship Interface System (CRIS) on Tuesday, October 20th, at 11:50 p.m. through Wednesday, October 21th, at 3:00 a.m. Eastern.
October 16th, 2020Premium Processing Fee Increase Effective Oct. 19, 2020U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced it will increase fees for premium processing, effective Oct. 19, as required by the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act, Pub. L. No. 116-159, signed into law on Oct. 1.