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New Anti-Immigration Policies to Impact Foreign Skilled Workers

New immigration policies will make it more difficult for the United States to bring skilled tech and engineering workers into the country. In a letter sent to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Francis Cissna detailed changes the agency is making to prevent degreed foreign professionals from living […]

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ICE Arrests in Pennsylvania

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers arrested 49 immigrants from the Philadelphia area this May, and Mayor Kenney’s spokesperson claims that ICE raids are leaving the immigrant community anxious with a general distrust of all law enforcement. City officials are concerned that this sentiment will begin to effect police officer safety and the overall ability […]

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Impact of Travel Bans on Immigrant Families

Though the Supreme Court is hearing arguments regarding the legality of President Trump’s travel ban, the policy went into full effect in December of 2017 and will remain so until a decision is made this June. The travel ban affects residents of Syria, Yemen, Libya, Iran, and Somalia, and many are questioning if this ban […]

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Quotas on Immigration Judges

As of October 2018, immigration judges across the country will face new production quotas and other regulations on how much time they spend processing immigration cases and how many cases they complete every year. The changes are part of an effort to reduce the backlog of immigration cases, under the direction of the Attorney General […]

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New Immigration Policy Making Release More Difficult for Jailed Pregnant Immigrants

A new immigration policy has made it more difficult for jailed pregnant immigrants to be released from custody. Under the previous 2016 policy, special considerations had been given to pregnant women being held in prison awaiting hearings on charges of being in the United States illegally. Unless the woman had a serious criminal history or […]

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Supreme Court Immigration Ruling on Crimes of Violence

In a recent 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court undermined the federal law used to deport immigrants convicted of certain types of crimes. The ruling addressed the law’s definition of “crimes of violence,” calling it unconstitutionally vague and claiming it gives prosecutors and courts arbitrary power to determine what constitutes a violent crime. The […]

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Immigration Agents Separating Parents and Children

According to some immigrant activists, federal immigration officials are breaking up families to send a message to those seeking asylum in this country. Where border crossers were historically sent back to their countries of origin, federal agents under the current administration have begun prosecuting migrant parents with the federal crime of entering the United States […]

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What You Need to Know About Marriage Fraud

According to United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS), there are different types of fraudulent marriages, including those involving United States citizens marrying a foreign national as a favor or for money; foreign nationals defrauding U.S. citizens into marrying them for a green card; mail order marriages; and fraudulent visa lottery marriages. Each individual in […]

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Federal Government to Scrutinize Immigration Caseworkers

The federal agency that oversees the U.S. immigration system announced plans to create an internal watch group tasked with monitoring its own workers. The Washington Post learned of the plans to form this internal division from staffers and internal documents. Insiders speculate the new division is being used as a tool to prevent employees from […]

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Citizenship Tests

If you are applying to become a citizen of the United States, you must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of both the English language and U.S. history and government. This is done through citizenship tests. However, test requirements can differ depending on who is taking the test. The following is an overview of the tests that […]

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