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February 11 2020

Immigration Rule Changes

Lately, there have been many immigration rule and policy changes, some major and some minor.  Here are a few:

  • The new rule on proving each new immigrant and nonimmigrant will not be a public charge to the government may go into effect while a court challenge to the legality of the rule proceeds.
  • Pregnant women who intend to have a child in the U.S. to acquire U.S. citizenship may be denied temporary nonimmigrant, such as tourist, visas.
  • People coming to the U.S. for medical care need proof of ability to pay for the health care (hospital, surgery, medicine, etc.).
  • USCIS will abandon the First-In, First-Out rule for EB-5 investor visas.  EB-5 cases will be processed faster, from 1 to 1½ years, for those not born in China, India or Vietnam.  This will also help those filing “Mandamus” Actions in court to compel the USCIS to decide long pending cases.
  • The American Consul in Paris has been denying people B-1 (temporary business) visas to attend short courses, i.e., tech startup and other short professional courses.
  • USCIS’ processing of Reentry Permits is faster than in the past.
  • Nigerians and people from a few other countries are subject to a travel ban on immigrant visas (because these countries will not cooperate with the U.S. on security checks).  Hopefully, these countries will cooperate and the travel ban will be lifted.
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