Clarifying The USCIS’s Marital Union Policy Update

Last October, USCIS updated Volume 12 of the policy manual to clarify the requirements under section 319(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). In a press release USCIS identified two highlights of the update: It clarifies that the applicant spouse and his or her U.S. citizen spouse must have …

AIC Shares Research On U.S. Immigration Detention

On February 13th, the American Immigration Council (AIC) hosted a webinar titled “The Other Walls for Immigrants: Understanding the United States’ Overreliance on Immigration Detention.” The online panel featured members of AIC sharing their research on immigration detention in the U.S. Tory Johnson, the Research Projects Manager at AIC, began the …

ICE Shares Tips For F-1 and M-1 International Students

On January 31st, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) shared a series of webpages for prospective and current F-1 and M-1 international students. The series includes advice for students wanting to maintain status, including how to work in the U.S. and qualify for vacations. Most notably, ICE offers clear direction for …

Chicago Asylum Office Issues New Report On Processing Times

On January 24th, 2019, the USCIS Chicago Asylum Office shared statistics about their processing times of asylum applicants from October 1, 2018 through December 31st, 2018 in a joint meeting with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). During this time, 1,197 asylum cases were adjudicated and 116 were un-adjudicated, while …