The Trump administration has not been kind to immigrants historically. And it seems as though this is not going to change anytime soon. As a matter of fact, it seems as though this year’s immigration update will be even harsher.
with the introduction of a new registration system, stricter guidelines for visas, and more reasons for visa denials you might be overwhelmed. We will outline the major changes for this year in this article.
So keep reading to find out everything you need to know and what to do about it.
Immigration Update 2020
This year the USCIS, or the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, will introduce a new electronic registration system. This system will be for companies to enter minimal information about the employees they seek H-1B visas for.
But it seems as though the denial rates for these visas will remain at the very high rates as they have in the previous three years under this administration. Making it harder for companies, particularly ones who serve customers through third party sites, to get visas for their employees.
And for families of employees that already have an H-1B visa new proposed regulations may make it harder to retain the H-4 visas that allow them to work in the country as well. And it seems as though immigration fees will also be increased for this year.
Below we will outline some of the more major changes and how they will affect you.
New Legislation in 2020
The fees for immigration forms and applications will be significantly raised this year. For example, the application for immigration through naturalization has increased by a staggering 83% raising the cost from $640 to $1170. Another new cost this year is a $50 registration fee for asylum seekers.
This is just one of the ways this administration is trying to slow down the rate of new arrivals to the country. They have also introduced new regulations on what constitutes a ”public charge”.
A public charge is now defined as an individual who receives public benefits for more than twelve months in a thirty-six month period. These benefits can come from nine different programs including, public housing, food stamps, and Medicare. Individuals exceeding the twelve-month period will not be granted a green card.
New Testing for Citizenship
Permanent residents seeking citizenship after December of this year will be facing a more challenging test. After reviewing the current test the USCIS determined that the current test is inadequate. New changes could impact hundreds of thousands of permanent residents living in the US seeking citizenship.
These changes include more challenging questions about US history and government. And a more challenging oral test to ensure a proficient understanding of the English language.
A new list of behaviors has also been added to be able to judge the absence of moral character. A key part of the naturalization process for immigrants. These include bank fraud, bail jumping, failure to file or pay taxes, and false claim of US citizenship.
There have been several changes in legislation as far as asylum seekers go. For instance, asylum seekers who entered the country illegally will be automatically denied a permit. And asylum seekers who came through a third country and did not file for asylum there will be denied as well.
They have also removed the thirty-day deadline for ruling on an asylum application, as well as the employment authorization for asylum applicants. Increased waiting times to apply for employment authorization for asylum immigrants have also been introduced this year. Making it harder to meet the ”public charge” guidelines.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA has been under fire by this administration since Trump was elected into office. This policy was enacted by the Obama administration to protect adult immigrants living in the United States that were brought here illegally by their parents as children.
While this is still currently playing out in courts the final decision is set to be announced sometime in June this year. This ruling could potentially affect over 700,000 immigrants living in the US.
If you think you might be affected by this don’t leave your fate to chance. An immigration specialist can help.
What Can Happen
If it is deemed that you are living in the United States illegally you will most likely be arrested and detained to await trial. You can learn more about this process on our website here. And with the new immigration updates, you are more likely to accidentally violate the conditions of your visa. But did you know that you can bond out of jail to prepare for trial?
We can help you bond out from jail, this means that you are guaranteeing that you will be present at all scheduled hearings. You will be eligible for bail as long as you are not charged with not following a deportation order or a special criminal conviction. You may also be denied bail if you have a history of missing court dates.
The bond can be paid by any individual with legal status in the US, as long as the detained individual appears at all scheduled trails the obligator will receive all of their money back. If you can’t make this payment we can help.
We can also offer these services in any state, and we are available at any time of day. If you or a loved one has been detained by immigration please feel free to reach out to us here.