Immigration Blog

Arizona-like Immigration Law Proposed by Florida Attorney General

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum has unveiled a proposed immigration reform bill modeled after Arizona’s controversial law.  Speaking to a group of voters, McCollum outlined his plan, stating his version of immigration reform goes further than the Arizona law as the bill would provide more tools for Florida judges and law enforcement dealing with undocumented foreign nationals.  Judges would be able to consider a foreign national’s legal status when ruling on a defendant’s bond and […]

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Changes to USCIS Website to Enhance User Experience

USCIS has announced redesigns to its website to enhance customer service and expand users’ access to case information.   The improvements were made from feedback received from internal and external stakeholders.  The most significant improvement is the addition of features for Spanish speaking customers, including a Spanish translation of the website, USCIS.gov/espanol.  Other enhancements include: The creation of an online inquiry tool for select forms which enables users to request status updates on their applications.  USCIS […]

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New Priority Dates Could Mean Sooner Green Cards

New published priority dates for U.S. immigrant visas may mean waiting applicants from India and China may be able to obtain their permanent residence status sooner than previously expected. A priority date is determined by the application’s filing date and establishes an applicant’s place in line for obtaining an immigrant visa. Given the high demand, wait times can often be lengthy as the number of available family-based and employment-based immigrant visas is limited annually by […]

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New Consular Fees for Immigrant Visas and Passports

Following an increase in consular fees for non-immigrant visa applications, the Department of State recently announced changes in fees for immigrant visa applications as well as passport services for U.S. citizens. As before, the new fees will help to cover the true cost of processing visa and passport applications and the operating costs for consular posts overseas, domestic passport agencies and other service centers. The prior fee for immigrant visa applications was $355.  The new […]

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Immigration Reform Update

Over the last few months, immigration reform has become a topic of serious debate across the United States.  While immigration reform has been a hot button issue for some time, the passage of Arizona’s immigration law, scheduled to go into effect July 29, has split American opinion and raised the debate to a greater level. By the end of July, at least six lawsuits will have been filed against the state of Arizona, challenging the […]

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Florida Law Enforcement Now Using DHS Fingerprint Database

U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) are sharing a new fingerprint database to identify foreign nationals, documented or otherwise, taken into custody in Florida.  Previously, fingerprints taken from arrestees were only compared against the Department of Justice’s fingerprint database. The program allows local authorities to better identify foreign nationals who have been arrested and if they are deportable under immigration laws.  ICE receives this information and evaluates […]

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