- Good news from USCIS for certain immigrants.
- USCIS announced that it will refund fees charged in error.
- In addition to the refund, it will also correct another mistake made in some procedures.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced on Monday that it will reimburse fees charged by mistake in the coming months and correct the rejection, also by mistake, of some work authorization applications, the news agency Efe reported.
A bulletin from the agency stated that USCIS mistakenly rejected some applications for employment authorization from individuals applying for a U nonimmigrant visa that were filed without a fee (or who applied for a fee waiver) from June 14, 2021 to June 29, September 2021.
Good news from USCIS for some immigrants
The U nonimmigrant status visa, better known as the “U Visa”, is reserved for victims of certain crimes who have suffered physical or mental abuse and provide assistance to law enforcement agencies and government officials in the investigation and prosecution of justice, explained the Efe report.
“USCIS also accepted fees in error when some petitioners for U nonimmigrant status unnecessarily submitted a fee with their Form I-765,” the agency added. “Currently USCIS is monitoring this issue and is committed to correcting errors and expects to issue refunds on or before March 22, 2022,” the bulletin stated.
USCIS is correcting its mistakes
On June 14, 2021, USCIS initiated a process that allows individuals living in the United States with a determination of the authenticity of their petition for nonimmigrant status to receive employment authorization and deferred action. This procedure does not require the payment of fees.
The agency recommended that people who believe they have paid fees in error and do not receive a refund before March 22 to contact the USCIS offices in Vermont (HotlineFollowupI918I914.firstname.lastname@example.org) and in Nebraska (NSC765C14inquiries@uscis.dhs.gov), specified the immigration agency.
An Important Message From USCIS
In its statement, USCIS stated: “Individuals who filed a Form I-765 related to a determination of authenticity under the category of eligibility (c) (14) between June 14, 2021 and September 29, 2021, whose Form I-765 was rejected for lack of fee and they have not resubmitted it, they can file it again without paying a fee.”
In turn, they mentioned that the USCIS pages of Forms I-765 and I-918 have additional information and instructions and noted that they correctly processed Forms I-765 filed on or after September 30, 2021. Finally, they noted that for additional information on the authenticity determination process, you can refer to the USCIS Policy Manual.
Build Back Better: Which Immigrants Would Be Most Helped by Biden’s Proposal?
One step closer. The Build Back Better plan, the social spending package approved by the United States House of Representatives on Friday, contains the most comprehensive immigration legislation in recent decades. Although it has not convinced all groups who advocate for immigrants, it would provide protection to about 7 million people.
The social package, known as “Build Back Better”, is valued at 1.75 billion dollars and would expand social programs aimed at minors and the elderly, in addition to dedicating more than 100 billion to immigration, the Efe news agency explained.
The key points of the Build Back Better plan
About 6.5 million people would directly benefit from the measure, according to an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released Thursday. Although the organization FWD.us’s projection estimates that 6.8 million would benefit.
The Efe report discussed several key points about how immigrants would benefit if the proposal passed by the House of Representatives is now approved in the Senate. First, the plan offers a parole status to hundreds of thousands of immigrants who have lived in the United States since January 1, 2011 and have remained in the country continuously.
Which immigrants would benefit most from the Build Back Better plan?
The benefit would be available to immigrants who entered with or without authorization, or who were conditionally released by immigration authorities. Of the nearly 6.5 million people who could be helped, an estimated 1.5 million will be eligible to obtain green cards through an American family member.
Another key point is that the Build Back Better plan grants a five-year work permit, which can be renewed until September 30, 2031. And it also allows immigrants to apply for a driver’s license or access the federal Real ID, Efe explained.
Build Back Better stipulates immigration benefits
The Build Back Better bill stipulates that the immigration authorities will apply all the established circumstances that make an immigrant inadmissible to receive an immigration benefit, such as criminal convictions, the report also explained.
Another noteworthy point of the legislative proposal is that it would prohibit the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE) and the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) from using the information included in the applications for purposes of migratory control.
What does the Build Back Better plan establish about the ‘green card’?
On the other hand, it was explained that immigrants must pay a fee to access the work permit. The bill also updates the fees for certain immigration procedures. Likewise, supplementary fees are established throughout the immigration system that, “cannot be waived either in whole or in part.”
The Build Back Better plan would also help unblock the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) delays in granting permanent residences. If approved as currently written, more than 2 million of the well-known “green cards” previously authorized by Congress that have not been used since 1992 would be recovered.
Build Back Better also protects certain visas
Under the current bill, some applicants for permanent residence through employment who have been waiting for at least two years will be able to pay a supplemental fee of $5,000 to remove country and annual limitations.
Applicants for permanent residence through a family petition who have been waiting at least two years can apply for a waiver of the limitations by paying a fee of $2,500. In addition, the Build Back Better bill protects the Diversity Visas granted to foreigners who were not allowed to enter the country due to travel bans and the closure of embassies and consulates due to the health emergency, Efe said.
The House of Representatives approves the plan
On Friday, the House of Representatives approved US President Joe Biden’s ambitious social spending plan that is now going to the Senate, where it faces an uncertain future given the narrow majority Democrats hold in that chamber, the Efe news agency reported.
Democrats pushed aside the months-long divisions and pushed their broad social and environmental bill through a sharply divided House on Friday, as President Biden and his party moved closer to capitalizing on their control of the government by channeling their resources toward their top national priorities. For more details read this article.
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