Green card and visas, USCIS eases procedures to obtain ‘papers’

The new criteria also help immigrants with work permits (EAD). USCIS will increase the current validity period of EADs from one year to t...

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  • The new criteria also help immigrants with work permits (EAD).
  • USCIS will increase the current validity period of EADs from one year to two years for these applicants.
  • New Priorities Open Opportunities for Immigrants Eligible for an Expedited Process.

After USCIS updated certain policies in its procedures, these are the key points you should know about the procedures for immigrants to obtain the green card and visas, according to information published by the news agency EFE and the portal from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

In the past, Donald Trump avoided or blocked foreigners from having access to this type of benefits. However, now with the Joe Biden administration things seem to change, with friendlier policies that allow more speed in the process.

REVERT MEASURES

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With this, the new government reverses some measures established by the previous Administration that made it more difficult for immigrants to obtain permanent residence, among other procedures. With today’s changes, USCIS reverses a 2018 Trump administration memorandum that affected these processes.

The Administration of former President Donald Trump (2017-2021) had made several changes in June 2018 to the USCIS processes, such as the Request for Evidence (RFE) and the Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID), among others.

WHAT WERE THE OBSTACLES?

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The immigration lawyer and legal advisor of the Association of Salvadorans in Los Angeles (ASOSAL), Fernando Romo, told Efe that the Trump government had implemented regulations to make it difficult for immigrants to obtain permanent residence in the United States, “delaying many applications and leaving many on the brink of deportation ”

Among the obstacles were changes to the RFE and NOID forms. Basically if the immigrants made a small mistake in the information presented in their applications or needed more evidence, USCIS denied the application without giving an opportunity to correct or send other documents, explained the lawyer, who is optimistic about the announced changes. Filed Under: Green cards and visas

FIRST POINT

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USCIS is returning the criteria established by a June 2013 memorandum, under the Barack Obama Administration (2009-2017), that instructed agency officials to issue an RFE or NOID when additional evidence was needed that could potentially demonstrate eligibility for an immigration benefit, the institution said in the statement.

The Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, said in a statement that these new measures are being taken “to eliminate policies that do not promote access to the legal immigration system. This updated policy will ensure that applicants for benefits have the opportunity to correct innocent errors and unintentional omissions, ”he detailed. Filed Under: Green cards and visas

SECOND POINT

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The new criteria also help immigrants with work permits (EADs) who are applying for permanent residence under section 245i. USCIS will increase the current validity period of EADs from one year to two years for these applicants. This validity applies to both new permits and renewals.

USCIS hopes that increasing the period of validity of EADs for these immigrants will help reduce the number of applications for this permit and “allow the agency to shift limited resources to other priority areas.” Filed Under: Green cards and visas

THIRD POINT

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Renewing EADs in this category (245i) is generally free, and USCIS received nearly 370,000 job authorization applications related to adjustments in fiscal year 2020, according to agency data.

USCIS Acting Director Tracy Renaud stressed that the institution “is committed to promoting policies and procedures that ensure that we operate in a fair, efficient and humane manner, which reflects the heritage of the United States as a land of opportunities for those who seek them.” . Filed Under: Green cards and visas

FOURTH POINT

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For his part, Romo stressed that the new priorities also open opportunities for immigrants who are eligible for expedited processing, which allows urgent processing of certain applications. “This can help many people who are facing deportation proceedings,” he settled.

In this sense, USCIS said that it reviews these requests for expedited processing on a case-by-case basis, and with respect to those who have a deportation order, it coordinates efforts with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE). Filed Under: Green cards and visas

Green card and visas: ROAD TO CITIZENSHIP

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Alejandro N. Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security, said in this regard: “We take steps to eliminate policies that do not promote access to the legal immigration system and we will continue improvements that help people navigate the path to citizenship and that modernize our immigration system ”.

For her part, Tracy Renaud, Acting Director of USCIS, commented: “These policy measures are consistent with the priorities of the Biden-Harris administration to remove unnecessary barriers in our nation’s legal immigration system and reduce inconvenience to non-citizens who may be eligible for immigration benefits ”.

Green card and visas: PEROCESO EXPEDITO

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Verbatim, USCIS explained that “Under the updated expedited processing policy (PDF, 293.62 KB), applicants for benefits and USCIS officers receive further guidance on when expedited processing can be granted. Additionally, nonprofit organizations whose applications could advance the cultural and social interests of the United States may request that a benefit be considered for expedited processing, even if priority processing is available for that benefit. ”

And he detailed: “Expedited processing is a service that USCIS considers in special situations for applicants for benefits who urgently need the adjudication of their application for immigration benefits. USCIS reviews such requests on a case-by-case basis. Expedited processing requests for non-citizens with a final removal order or non-citizens in removal proceedings are coordinated between USCIS and the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service. ”

Green card and visas: GUIDE

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The updated policy guide (PDF, 296.76 KB) will increase the current validity period of both initial and renewal EADs from one year to two years for certain status applicant adjustments. Increasing the validity period of EADs for certain adjustment applicants is expected to reduce the number of employment authorization applications received by USCIS and allow the agency to transfer limited resources to other priority areas.

This guide was issued due to processing delays affecting the completion of applications for adjustment of status. Renewing EADs in this category is generally free, and USCIS received nearly 370,000 adjustment-related employment authorization requests in fiscal year 2020.

 

REQUESTS

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On the page, USCIS posted that it “has returned to adjudication principles from a June 2013 memorandum (PDF) that allows agency officials to issue an RFE or NOID when additional evidence could potentially demonstrate eligibility for a benefit. immigration. As part of the updated RFE and NOID policy (PDF, 319.1 KB), USCIS has rescinded the July 2018 memorandum that directed agency officials to deny certain applications for immigration benefits, rather than first issuing an RFE or NOID ”.

And he specified: “This updated policy will ensure that applicants for benefits have the opportunity to correct innocent errors and unintentional omissions. In general, a USCIS officer will issue an RFE or NOID when the officer determines that additional information or explanation can potentially establish eligibility for an immigration benefit. ”

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