USCIS Lockbox Updates


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued three new policy updates in the USCIS Policy Manual. These updates:

• Clarify the criteria and circumstances for expedited processing;
• Address the circumstances in which officers should issue Requests for Evidence (RFEs) and Notices of Intent to Deny (NOIDs); and
• Extend the validity period for initial and renewal...
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USCIS Eases Visitor Restrictions for Fully Vaccinated Individuals

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency is set to launch a six-week "Citizens Academy" course on immigration enforcement, which will include training for citizens on how to arrest undocumented immigrants.

A letter published online by The St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America (IFCLA) appears to show ICE Chicago...

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USCIS Seeks Surcharge to Immigration Applications [The Wall Street Journal]


The Department of Homeland Security announced a final rule that adjusts fees for certain immigration and naturalization benefit requests to ensure U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recovers its costs of services.

Unlike most government agencies, USCIS is fee funded. Fees collected and deposited into the Immigration Examinations Fee Account fund nearly 97% of USCIS’ budget.

As...
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USCIS Final Fee Rule 2020 – Key Takeaways


On September 29, 2020, A federal district court issued a nationwide injunction, blocking U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) from implementing a rule to significantly increase immigration filing fees. The final rule had been scheduled to take into effect Friday, Oct. 2.

The court decision said that that the plaintiffs had raised “serious questions”...
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