Last year, one of President Trump’s agendas is reducing legal
immigration and giving the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) more power to enforce
immigration laws. While some changes or updates relating to deportations
for those who entered the U.S. legally, others help immigrants obtain benefits.
The following are several changes or updates in U.S. immigration law which
have an impact on immigrants in 2019:
Deportation – When issuing Notices to Appear (NTAs), a new procedure expands
the list of reasons for summoning an immigrant to appear in immigration
court to begin the deportation process. Violations of state or federal
programs associated with receiving public benefits, denials of immigration
benefits due to loss of legal status in the country, and criminal and
fraudulent activity are now part of the updated list.
Application denials – A new guideline allows USCIS adjudicators to deny applications of immigration
benefits (e.g. visa extensions, permanent residency, and U.S. citizenship)
without first giving warnings such as Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID)
or Requests for Evidence (RFE). These two notifications enable applicants
and their lawyers to intervene by fixing mistakes or offering more documents.
Medical exam record – In regard to medical and vaccination examination to meet public health
requirements for permanent residency in the U.S., Form I-693 can now be
signed by a certified doctor up to two months prior to applying for permanent
Citizenship through marriage – When applying for U.S citizenship, a foreign spouse must remain married
to a U.S. citizen and cohabitate for at least three years. If the immigrant
spouse is divorced before three years, he/she cannot apply for U.S. citizenship.
Green cards through marriage – USCIS adjudicators can waive the interview which is necessary after two
years or marriage to lift the conditional status of legal residency for
immigrants married to U.S. citizens. If there is enough evidence proving
the marriage’s authenticity and other conditions are met, immigration
officials may not hold the interview, which often makes couples nervous.
If you are interested in obtaining experienced legal services to handle
your immigration matter in California,
contact our Santa Barbara immigration lawyers at
Appel & Morse today.