The world is experiencing chaotic times, particularly in the United States, because of coronavirus. It has resulted in conflicts with various institutions, such as United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), when it comes to approving immigration applications of people in Georgia.
As a founding partner of the Diaz & Gaeta law firm and an experienced immigration attorney in Georgia, I always look at the latest immigration updates to help our clients stay informed. We recently came across the news that USCIS will have greater flexibility for eight immigration procedures. What are the procedures to which USCIS will apply this flexibility? Who will this new immigration measure impact?
Additionally, the government published a new rule on the collection and use of biometric data for foreigners.
What are the eight procedures to which USCIS will apply flexibility?
Given the difficulties caused by the pandemic and the reduction of workers at USCIS, Díaz & Gaeta Law has the opportunity to intervene and update incomplete petitions and applications that contain errors from our clients before a final decision is made on their cases. If you, a family member, or a friend filed an application, call us immediately. Otherwise, the immigration agency may deny your request and you will lose the opportunity to adjust your legal situation in the country and they may proceed directly with your deportation.
The USCIS announced that this flexibility will be effective for these procedures:
- Requests for Evidence (RFE).
- Continuations of Evidence (N-14).
- Notices of Intent to Deny (NOID).
- Notifications of Intent to Revoke (NOIR).
- Notifications of Intent to Rescind and Notifications of Intent to Cancel regional investment centers (NOIT).
- Date requirements for filing Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion.
- Hearing request on decision in naturalization procedures under Immigration and Nationality Law.
- Motions to Reopen a Form N-400, Receipt of Repeal Information After Grant.
If the legal status of you or a family member is being affected by any of these procedures, contact us as soon as possible so we can prepare your documentation properly and submit the application correctly.
Who is impacted by this extended flexibility by USCIS?
According to the statement made this week by USCIS, flexibility in immigration procedures is offered to all those who are carrying out any of the procedures mentioned above.
“USCIS will consider any response to requests and notifications if received within 60 calendar days of the response deadline indicated on the request or notice before taking any action and will consider any Form I-290B received up to 60 calendar days from the date of the decision before taking any action”.
USCIS prepared these measures to protect our community and minimize the negative consequences of the pandemic for those seeking benefits during this challenging time.
New rule on the collection and use of biometric data for foreigners
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced plans to expand its use of biometric data for immigration purposes. This would give the department the power to use voiceprints, iris scans, palm prints, and facial photos.
- First, DHS intends to amend the errors in the regulations on the use and collection of biometric data carried out by agencies that participate in immigration processes such as USCIS, ICE, and U.S. Customs And Border Protection, since it is the step of all immigrants who come to the United States.
- Second, DHS proposes this rule to mandate that any applicant, petitioner, sponsor, or beneficiary of any immigration application, including those who are already United States citizens, must present themselves for biometric data collection. The only way to be exempt is for DHS to waive this rule or exempt certain people from this requirement.
The brutal rise in the cost of citizenship
The DHS, as we read earlier, is going to be stricter with the Americans and foreigners who are in the country. USCIS approved the increase in fees for different immigration procedures.
Did you know that the cost for citizenship will increase 85%? My team at the Diaz & Gaeta Law Firm already knows how angry I am with USCIS for this absurd rise.
USCIS updated the regulatory fee guide and revealed a final rule published in the Federal Register that explains the new cost of the procedures to obtain immigration documents. A change with which President Trump manages to continue with his persecution of immigrants from the United States, in the middle of the electoral campaign.
“The pandemic has screwed up the economy.
Income has dropped and they need more money ”
Immigration attorney at Díaz & Gaeta Law Firm.
Additionally, the procedures for citizenship will have an excessive increase. The asylum application, which was previously free, will now have a fee of $50, making the United States one of only four countries in the world that charges a fee for providing humanitarian protection. Bravo Trump, you did it!
Is it possible that the excuse for this increased rate is to guarantee that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services can recover all the money that they failed to collect due to the pandemic? We want to hear from you! If you are reading this, please comment with your opinion and rewatch the live video of the Díaz & Gaeta law firm on Thursday, September 17, where we explain this information in more detail.
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Do you need help with your immigration procedure? Call us and ask for Attorney Giovanni Díaz at 404-436-6369.