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Immigration News Briefs

By Humera Subhani Email By Humera Subhani
December 2016
Immigration News Briefs

Immigration under a Trump Administration
Immigration lawyers have been swamped with phone calls and walk-ins from frightened and anxious immigrants who are wondering what a Trump Administration will mean for their cases. Trump has made repeated comments about mass deportations and undoing President Obama’s Executive Action for DACA.

Trump made immigration a focal point of his candidacy for president. He told 60 Minutes that he planned to incarcerate or deport undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes, which he estimated would be about 2 million or 3 million people.

He also said that his administration would make a decision on the remaining undocumented immigrants after securing the border.

For now, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has stated that, “Though statements on Trump’s campaign website clearly indicate an intention to end DACA, much remains to be seen. We do not know how or when DACA might end.”

USCIS Fees to Increase on December 23, 2016
Effective December 23, 2016, USCIS will increase its filing fees for applications and petitions for immigration and naturalization benefits. Thus, applications and petitions filed and/or mailed on or after December 23, 2016 must have the corresponding adjusted fees, or they will be rejected. USCIS says it was necessary to increase the fees by an average of 21% because the current fees do not recover the full costs of services they provide in adjudicating and deciding the applications and petitions. Some notable fee increases are
• I-129/129CW Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker — $460 ($325)
• I-130 Petition for Alien Relative — $535 ($420)
• I-131/I-131A Application for Travel Document — $575 ($360)
• I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker — $700 ($580)
• I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status — $1,140 ($985)
• I-526 Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur — $3,675 ($1,500)
• I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status — $370 ($290)
• I-765 Application for Employment Authorization — $410 $380)
• N-400 Application for Naturalization — $640 ($595)

APPLICATION FINAL ACTION DATES FOR December  2016

 

FAMILY

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

01Dec09

01Dec09

2A

22Feb15

22Feb15

2B

08May10

08May10

3rd

15Feb05

15Feb05

4th

01Apr03

22Dec03

 

 

EMPLOYMENT

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

Current

Current

2nd

01Feb08

Current

3rd

15Mar05

01Jul16

Other

15Mar05

01Jul16

4th

Current

Current

5th

Current

Current1B

 


DATES FOR FILING VISA APPLICATIONS - December 2016

 

FAMILY

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

01Jan11

01​Jan11

2A

22Nov15

22Nov15

2B

08Feb11

08Feb11

3rd

​22Aug05

​22Aug05

4th

01May04

​15Jul04

 

 

EMPLOYMENT

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

Current

Current

2nd

​22Apr09

Current

3rd

01Jul05

Current

Other

01Jul05

Current

4th

Current

Current

5th

Current

Current1B

https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/law-and-policy/bulletin/2017/visa-bulletin-for-december-2016.html

22Feb15

22Feb15


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