Immigration Update

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Biden Administration Extends Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Special Immigration Relief to Ukrainian Nationals in the U.S. (New Policy Will Permit Ukrainian Nationals to Live and Work in the U.S. for 18 months.)

On March 3, 2022 the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is available for Ukrainian nationals who have been continuously physically present in the U.S. since March 1, 2022. Eligible people must apply, pay a filing fee and pass immigration screening. Those approved for TPS may not be removed from the U.S. and are not detainable by DHS based on their immigration status. TPS holders are also eligible to apply for Employment Authorization Documents (EADs).

In separate announcements, on March 1 and March 11, the U.S. Department of State provided guidance for Ukrainian nationals who are outside the United States on processing steps to apply for visas or humanitarian parole to lawfully enter the U.S.

Read from Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, Fact Sheet: Temporary Protected Status for Ukraine

Read from U.S. Department of State, Information for Nationals of Ukraine

Prospects for Any New Major Immigration Legislation Before the Mid-Term Congressional Elections in November Appear to Have Stalled

The recent major government funding bill includes minimal changes in immigration funding and no substantial immigration policy changes. Chances for any Congressional changes to the U.S. immigration system appear doubtful for the rest of 2022. Depending on the results of the November Congressional election, there may be some movement in 2023 on new immigration laws, but any new laws will likely require bipartisan support to pass Congress.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Changes Enforcement Priorities to Focus on Serious Crimes

Immigration enforcement priorities have changed from 2020 (the last year of the Trump Administration) to 2021 (the first full year of the Biden Administration). Of those arrested for immigration violations in fiscal year 2021, approximately 12,000 had been convicted of more serious crimes classified as "aggravated felonies" which includes violent crimes. The total number of people arrested who had serious crimes on their record doubled from fiscal year 2020 to 2021. Total immigration arrests and arrests of people with no criminal history dropped in fiscal year 2021.

USCIS Changes Work Authorization Policy to Make Temporary Employment Authorization Faster and Easier for Spouses of L-1 Transferred Key Employees of Multinational Employers and for spouses of Key Employees of E-1 Treaty Traders and E-2 Treaty Investors

On March 18, 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a new Policy Alert confirming that spouses of L-1 transferred key employees of multinational employers or E-1 or E-2 key employees of employers that qualify as Treaty Traders or Treaty Investors will no longer be required to file a special form I-765 to seek employment permission in the U.S.

From now on, spouses of L-1, E-1 or E-2 principals will be automatically authorized to be employed in the U.S. "incident" to their L-1, E-1 or E-2 status. L-1, E-1 and E-2 spouses will no longer be required to file special form I-765 to seek employment permission

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New Announcement from USCIS Urges Eligible People to Apply for Adjustment of Status to Lawful Permanent Residence (Green Card) status during April 2022 due to Rapid Advance of Quota Date - The Advance Will Especially Benefit People from India in the Employment-Based Categories Who Have Been Waiting in Multiple Year Quota Backlogs.

On March 17, 2022, USCIS announced a rare one-full year advancement in the waiting line for Employment-Based green cards in the EB-2 category for India, advancing the priority date from September 1, 2013 to September 1, 2014. Anyone affected by this change is strongly encouraged to apply.

Read from United States Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs, Visa Bulletin for April 2022


For the latest Official Processing Times from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services for Visa Petitions and Immigration Applications

For the latest information from the U.S. Department of State on Immigrant Visa “Green Card” Quota Backlog (Priority) Dates

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