APNewsBreak: New guidance on handling child bride petitions
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced new rules Friday to scrutinize petitions to bring in underage spouses to the U.S. after data showed thousands of requests by men to bring in...
Requests to bring in child brides OK’d; legal under US laws
WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of requests by men to bring in child and adolescent brides to live in the United States were approved over the past decade, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press. In one case, a 49-year-old man applied for admission for a 15-year-old girl.
Man goes to immigration interview, gets detained by ICE
MIAMI (AP) — María Eugenia Hernández and her Nicaraguan-born husband, Oscar Hernández, went to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offices in Miami for an interview about their marriage that they had been awaiting for three years.
The agency uses such interviews to confirm that the marriages are legitimate and that partners like Oscar have the right to try to legalize their immigration status.
Watchdog: MDs with convictions hired to examine immigrants
WASHINGTON (AP) — One physician appointed to examine immigrants was convicted of solicitation of capital murder because he tried to hire a hit man to kill a dissatisfied patient in Houston. Another had a history of sexual misconduct and exploitation of female patients. And a third was disciplined for allowing her staff to dilute vaccines, according to a report made public Tuesday by the Department of Homeland Security's internal watchdog.
ACLU: Federal agencies setting ‘trap’ to deport immigrants
BOSTON (AP) — Federal immigration agencies have launched a coordinated campaign to arrest and deport immigrants seeking to become legal U.S. residents through marriage, according to documents released this week in a class-action lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has ordered Vermont to close its immigrant investor regional center following alleged fraud at Jay Peak ski resort involving millions of dollars.
The state plans to appeal the decision.
While the state agrees with closing the center, the governor's administration thinks the best way is to wind down the operations gradually to protect investors and jobs, state officials said Monday.
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services visited Vermont for three days this week as part of his travels to visit the agency's facilities around the country.
With April 3 the Opening Day, so to speak, for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to accept fiscal year 2018 H-1B visa petitions, how this affects displaced and unemployed American tech workers is a timely subject.
Since Congress created the H-1B in 1990, IT services companies have had things go mostly their way. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services statistics show that the federal government has issued about 1.8 million visas through 2017 to overseas workers that displace or block employment opportunities to experienced, skilled Americans. H-1B visas are valid for three years, are routinely renewed for an additional three years, and routinely lead to citizenship.
We’re a “nation of immigrants” — whether the Trump administration likes it or not
The United States has long taken pride in being a nation of immigrants. Our immigrant heritage has uniquely defined us and made us a better country. The Trump administration has never been comfortable with this simple truth and now has built its xenophobia into the mission statement of the agency that oversees immigration and naturalization efforts.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services drops ‘nation of immigrants’ from mission
The federal agency that oversees legal immigration to the U.S. has removed the words "nation of immigrants" from its mission statement, as the Trump administration moves to put Americans as the top priority.
Immigration agency rewrites mission statement
WASHINGTON (AP) — The agency that oversees legal immigration no longer describes the U.S. as "a nation of immigrants" in its mission statement.
The new statement unveiled Thursday describes U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as administering "the nation's lawful immigration system" by "adjudicating requests for immigration benefits while protecting Americans, securing the homeland, and honoring our values."
Citizenship requests hit new high in state, nation; more growth likely
WASHINGTON – Naturalization applications in Arizona jumped 48 percent over the past three years, to more than 19,000 last year, a number that advocates expect will continue to rise as immigrants look for reassurance in the current political climate.
The Arizona numbers reflect a national increase of 35 percent over the same period, according to statistics from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
President's Trump's commission plans to place significant reliance on data from the Department of Homeland Security to determine the extent of illegal voting by noncitizens.
But the commission, headed by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, may be in for unpleasant surprises.
Immigrant investor center to close following alleged fraud
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services intends to close Vermont's immigrant investor regional center following alleged fraud at Jay Peak ski resort involving millions of dollars from the investor program, according to documents released Monday by Republican Gov. Phil Scott.
Refugee from Iraq becomes US citizen
RICHMOND, Wash. (AP) — It was a momentous day — one Mushtaq Jihad had waited years for and he was ready.
He wore a neatly pressed black suit with a blue shirt and matching striped tie. He showed up a half-hour early, among the first in his group to pass through security and head to check-in.
In the auditorium, he took his seat a few rows from the front and listened intently as officials talked of the honor and privilege of U.S. citizenship.
McALLEN — Starting next month, people will have to pay up to three times the current cost to legalize their immigration status.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced an increase in cost of all immigration applications and petitions starting Dec. 23, according to their website.
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- The Washington TimesHomeland Security E-Verify workers back with pay during shutdownJanuary 22, 2019
- The Washington TimesDHS to shift guest-worker program to reward higher-skilled foreignersNovember 30, 2018
- The Washington TimesBilly Idol, 'White Wedding' rocker, granted U.S. citizenshipNovember 17, 2018
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency that oversees legal immigration to the United States, is moving its San Antonio offices to the far North Side.
On Thursday, USCIS will close its offices at 8940 Fourwinds Drive, off Loop 410 and Interstate 35 North. The new offices at 20760 N. U.S. 281, at the corner of Evans Road, will open on Nov. 1.