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July 2020
Immigration News Briefs

USCIS opening for certain services

Beginning June 4, 2020, certain USCIS field offices and asylum offices have resumed non-emergency face-to-face services to the public. Application support centers will resume services later. USCIS has enacted precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in reopened facilities, listed at www.uscis.gov as well as on appointment notices. Here are some of the guidelines:


Members of the public must wear facial coverings that cover both the mouth and nose when entering facilities. If they do not have one, USCIS may provide one or the visitor will be asked to reschedule their appointment. There will be markings and physical barriers in the facility; visitors should pay close attention to these signs to ensure they follow social distancing guidelines. Individuals may also have to answer health screening questions before entering a facility. Individuals are encouraged to bring their own black or blue ink pens. Please note that you must have a scheduled appointment with USCIS before arriving at one of their offices.


Naturalization ceremonies to resume

USCIS field offices will send notices to applicants and petitioners to reschedule postponed naturalization ceremonies. The legally required ceremony will not be missed. Attendance is limited to the candidates who are scheduled to be naturalized, a parent or trusted adult if the candidate is a minor, and individuals providing disability assistance to a candidate. Some naturalization ceremonies may be conducted differently than in the past. You may receive supplemental information from USCIS that provides
detailed instructions for your ceremony.


Premium processing for certain petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it will resume premium processing for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, in phases over the month of June.


Supreme Court blocks efforts to end DACA

On June 18, in a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court blocked the Trump Administration’s attempt to end DACA protections
for hundreds of thousands of young adults who had entered the U.S. as children. The ruling stated that the administration failed to provide an adequate reason to justify ending the Obama era DACA program. The administration
may try again to end the program, but that would take many months to several years. What this means for DACA recipients is that they can continue to apply for renewals until Congress can decide on a more permanent solution. Several Democratic lawmakers applauded the decision while calling for Congress to pass legislation to give Dreamers a path for permanent residency.

APPLICATION FINAL ACTION DATES—JULY 2020

 

FAMILY

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

08Jul14

08Jul14

2A

Current

Current

2B

01May15

01May15

3rd

​08May08

08May08

4th

​08Feb05

​22Aug06

 

 

EMPLOYMENT

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

08May17

Current

2nd

​08Jul09

Current

3rd

​01Jun09

15Apr18

Other

01Jun09

15Apr18

4th

Current

Current

5th

Current

Current1B

 


DATES FOR FILING VISA APPLICATIONS—JULY 2020

 

 

FAMILY

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

22Apr15

22Apr15

2A

01Jun20

01Jun20

2B

​01Feb16

01Feb16

3rd

​15Apr09

15Apr09

4th

22Oct05

15Aug07

 

 

EMPLOYMENT

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

01Aug17

Current

2nd

15Aug09

Current

3rd

01Feb10

01Apr19

Other

01Feb10

​01Apr19

4th

Current

Current

5th

Current

Current1B

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/visa-law0/visa-bulletin/20​20/visa-bulletin-for-​ju​ly-2020.html


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