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Latest Information on the Immigration and Visa Process
USCIS has updated its Policy Manual with guidance on the final fee rule, which adjusts the fees we charge for certain immigration benefit applications and petitions. The final rule was published in the Federal Register on Aug. 3, 2020. The new policy guidance describes the final rule’s adjustment in fees for specific forms. It also provides guidance on fee exemption and waiver policies, new premium processing time limits, modifications to intercountry adoption processing, and other changes made by the fee rule.
Starting June 29, 2020, petitioners residing in certain states must file the following forms at the Nebraska Service Center, instead of the Vermont Service Center:
- Form I-918, Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status;
- Form I-918, Supplement A, Petition for a Qualifying Family Member of a U Nonimmigrant; and
- Form I-918, Supplement B, U Nonimmigrant Status Certification.
Petitioners should determine which service center they should send these and related forms (such as Form I-192 and Form I-765) based on their state of residence. Please refer to the “Where to File” section on the Form I-918 webpage to determine the correct filing location.
USCIS is also updating the direct filing addresses for Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, for applicants who apply on the basis of their U nonimmigrant status. Please refer to the Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, webpage to see which center you should send your application to.
USCIS will allow a 30-day grace period for petitioners to file Form I-918, Form I-918A, Form I-918B, Form I-485 and all related forms at the incorrect service center. The grace period will run through July 30. After that date, USCIS may reject any Form I-918 or related forms sent to the incorrect service center.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a regulatory change to provide greater flexibility in the processing of initial employment authorization documents (commonly called EADs) for asylum applicants by removing the burdensome and agency-imposed 30-day time frame. The final rule becomes effective on Aug. 21.
This change provides USCIS sufficient time to receive, screen and process applications and to address national security and fraud concerns, maintain technological advances in identity verification and further deter those who may attempt to defraud the legal immigration system. It also gives the agency flexibility to shift limited adjudicator resources as needed. In the past, the agency has been forced to divert resources away from other types of benefit requests to meet the 30-day time frame.
The 30-day time frame was implemented by regulation more than 20 years ago. Since then, filings of asylum applications have spiked and USCIS has developed additional critical background screening and vetting procedures to reduce fraud and identify threats to national security and public safety.
“Removing this self-imposed internal processing time frame gives USCIS the operational flexibility to conduct the kind of systematic vetting and identity verification procedures the public expects from an agency charged with protecting national security,” said USCIS Deputy Director for Policy Joseph Edlow. “A key priority for USCIS is to safeguard the integrity of our nation’s legal immigration system from those who seek to exploit or abuse it. This change will reduce opportunities for fraud and protect the security-related processes we undertake for each employment authorization application, thereby increasing the integrity of immigration benefits.”
The rule also removes the requirement that asylum applicants submit their work authorization renewal requests to USCIS 90 days before the expiration of their current employment authorization. This change reduces confusion and clarifies that asylum applicants can file their renewal work authorization applications up to 180 days before the expiration date, minimizing potential gaps in employment authorization.
For more information, read the final rule published in the Federal Register on June 22.
My Views on Immigration
We need stronger borders to help address the tide of drugs like heroin, meth and marijuana that are flowing across our borders, and into Indiana and the rest of the country. There is a broad consensus in Congress that our immigration system is broken and in desperate need of repair. I believe that we can come to an agreement that both strengthens our borders and reforms our immigration system while respecting the rule of law anMd our values as a nation of immigrants.
First, we must focus on securing all of our borders and ports, enforcing the immigration laws that already exist, and safeguarding our workforce through effective verification systems. It is essential that our immigration system be reflective of our national interests while keeping Americans safe.
Second, we must work together to reform our broken immigration system to ensure that it is efficient and just, and I look forward to a full debate about how we can achieve this goal.
Third, in discussions of immigration reform, we must not group legal immigrants in to the discussion of undocumented immigrants. Legal immigrants make huge contributions to our country and to Indiana in particular. It is unfair to people who invest the time, resources and effort to legally immigrate to the United States for us to afford the same benefits and opportunities to people who enter our country illegally. Illegal immigrants are part of our workforce and thus contributing to our communities as well, however those illegal immigrants who commit violent and drug-related crimes cannot be tolerated. They should be prioritized for deportation.
Lastly, DREAMERS, children who have not committed crimes and whose parents entered the country illegally, present a difficult issue for all of us. I am committed on working towards finding a compassionate resolution to their immigration status and that of their families.
I look forward to working with my colleagues on securing all of our borders and ports, enforcing the laws that are already on the books, and repairing our broken immigration system.
More on Immigration
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) provided the following statement after voting against H.R.6:
“There is no question that our immigration system is in desperate need of repair, but as I have said before, we must find compassionate solutions that will fix our broken immigration system while prioritizing our nation’s security. Unfortunately, H.R. 6 is not one of those solutions.
In Guatemala, 44% of women become mothers by the time they turn 20 and half are married by the same age. In order to explore the challenges these women face and how the U.S. government can best support them as we tackle a growing migration crisis from the region, the three of us, all Republican members of Congress, recently traveled to Guatemala.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) voted to support the President’s national emergency declaration that addresses the immigration crisis at our southern border. Brooks provided the following statement:
President Donald Trump’s attempt to bypass Democratic congressional leaders to break open negotiations on the government shutdown fell flat as he failed to persuade any of the party’s rank-and-file members to attend a hastily arranged White House meeting Tuesday.
“Today, the president offered both Democrats and Republicans the chance to meet for lunch at the White House,” White House Secretary Sarah Sanders said. “Unfortunately, no Democrats will attend.”
During a White House lunch focused on ending the government shutdown with House Republicans Tuesday, President Trump remained committed to his demand for $5.7 billion for a wall on the southern border, while continuing to distance himself from declaring a national emergency in order to get it.
“The topic was brought up only once — not by the president — and we spent hardly any time on it,” Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-Ind.), who attended the lunch, told Axios.
Rep. Susan Brooks says the current shutdown of the federal government could provide the opportunity for the nation to address border security. The partial government shutdown, which started Dec. 22, is now in its third week as President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats are unable to reach agreement on construction of a border wall.
President Trump delivered his first-ever prime time address from the Oval Office on Tuesday night to make his case for funding a southern border wall, while emphasizing what he called the "growing humanitarian and security crisis" of surging illegal immigration.
Republican Congresswoman Susan Brooks discussed the government shutdown with Gordon Deal.
CARMEL – Rep. Susan Brooks says the current shutdown of the federal government could provide the opportunity for the nation to address border security.
The partial government shutdown, which started Dec. 22, is now entering its third week as President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats are unable to reach agreement on construction of a border wall.
The deadline to reunite families separated under the Trump administration’s "zero tolerance" immigration policy was last week. But as of Friday, hundreds of kids reportedly remained in government custody.
WFYI’s Drew Daudelin sat down with U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Carmel) to ask what she knows about the situation, how she wants to fix it, and her recent trip to the U.S.-Mexico border.