U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently adopted new policy guidance altering the way immigration officers evaluate criminal sentences and make good moral character determinations. These changes may impact a foreign national’s eligibility for certain immigration benefits, including admissibility as a visa holder, permanent resident, or naturalized citizen.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is currently accepting re-registration applications from Nicaraguan and Honduran beneficiaries of temporary protected status (TPS). The re-registration period will remain open from December 15, 2017, through February 13, 2018.
On December 15, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would implement enhanced security measures for the Visa Waiver Program as part of the administration’s ongoing counterterrorism efforts.
On December 4, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States approved the Trump administration’s request to allow full enforcement of its most recent travel ban while challenges against it continue within the federal judicial system.
On October 8, 2017, the White House sent Congress a list of Immigration Principles and Policies that President Trump will seek to be included as part of any legislation to provide legal status and protection from deportation to the 800,000 “DREAMers”—the young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.