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Category Archives: Immigration

Evolution of Immigration Agencies: From the INS to USCIS

When President Joe Biden delivered the 2024 State of the Union address in March, he urged Republican members of Congress to agree to a legislative compromise on border security and a few immigration matters. The compromise was crafted by political leaders on both sides of the aisle because many Republicans feel nothing short of comprehensive …Read More

Understanding Immigration Trauma in the United States

The immigration crisis that has been hotly debated in American political circles in recent years is also a mental health crisis. Since 2021, more than six million “migrant encounters” have been reported by the United States Border Patrol. Out of this number, only 384,000 asylum applications have been processed by adjudicators from U.S. Citizenship and …Read More

Where Do Most Immigrants Come to America from Currently?

The migrant crisis at the border between the United States and Mexico has ignited political discord at the highest levels of Congress over the last two years, but there’s another aspect of this phenomenon that merits discussion. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the migrants who arrived at the southern border as part of caravans …Read More

Methods for Checking the Status of Your Immigration Case

In late 2023, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced an update to its myProgress tool, an online platform that will eventually replace the Check Case Processing Times web page and perhaps merge with the Case Status Online tool, which you can currently access with or without a myUSCIS account. The new USCIS myProgress …Read More

Benefits Immigrants Receive when They Come to the U.S.

In late 2023, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced a plan to allow undocumented migrants to obtain healthcare services through the state’s Medi-Cal program. A similar approach is being considered by New York City for 2024. These developments caught the attention of lawmakers such as United States Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, who issued a press …Read More

Immigration Visits: Your Rights & What to Expect at Your Door

Some of the most chaotic years in the history of the American immigration system unfolded during the Trump administration. One of the campaign promises that helped to get Trump elected was his idea of a “deportation force” that would bust down doors to round up undocumented immigrants who were facing pending removal proceedings. During these …Read More

Understanding Immigration Status: Checking Methods & Privacy Considerations

Foreigners in the United States are generally classified as immigrants and non-immigrants. Both are subject to laws and rules that determine their legal status. In the case of non-immigrants, such as tourists, students, skilled workers, and artists, their legal status is determined by their admissibility and visa expiration dates. In the case of immigrants, their …Read More

What Does the Dignity Act of 2023 Require?

The immigration agenda brought to the White House by United States President Joe Biden didn’t include a reform proposal. When asked about this, Biden explained that his long career in the Senate lets him know that comprehensive immigration reform can only be accomplished with a unified government. In other words, his Democratic Party would need …Read More

What Happens if You Get Rejected by Immigration?

During the fiscal year 2021, more than 1.4 million visa applications were declined or not approved by the United States Department of State. This represents nearly 9.5 percent of all submissions, which were largely for non-immigrant visa categories, such as skilled workers, tourists, entrepreneurs, students, artists, and a few others. As for the negative adjudications …Read More

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