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August 2020 Archives

USCIS Using Old Fingerprints | Work Permits Issued Before Biometrics

We have recently noticed that USCIS has begun using old fingerprints that were previously captured for a number of applications, particularly I-90s. This is welcome news given the interminable delays permanent residents are already experiencing waiting for their renewals to be processed. Interestingly, we have seen this practice carry over into I-765 employment authorization renewal applications. Traditionally, USCIS takes fingerprints before a work permit can be issued. Biometrics are usually scheduled within six to eight weeks after receipt of the application. However, in light of many Application Support Centers ("ASC") being closed due to COVID, the agency has begun using previously taken fingerprints to process the renewals. As far as initial applications, we have also seen some clients receive relatively fast approvals of their applications without having any biometrics taken yet. The fingerprint appointments appear to be coming later, post approval of the I-765.

Adjustments Must Include I-944 | 2nd Circuit Modifies Nationwide Injunction

In a startling turn of events, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a decision last Wed limiting its injunction of the public charge rule to states only within its jurisdiction, namely, Connecticut, New York, and Vermont. As a result, the landscape is suddenly back to what it was before, with adjustment of status applicants in all states, except the aforementioned three within the Second Circuit, technically required to submit the I-944 Declaration of Self-Sufficiency unless they fall within very limited exceptions. Furthermore, USCIS will resume adjudicating and evaluating public charge issues under the new guidelines which were published and implemented earlier this year. (Cases which are filed in the Second Circuit will be handled under the 1999 public charge rules unless the injunction is ultimately lifted.)

TPS Is Not An Admission For Those Who Enter Without Documents | Adjustment

In a disappointing departure from the Sixth and Ninth Circuits, the Third Circuit recently published its position on TPS in Sanchez; Gonzalez v. DHS. In a precedential decision, the court held that TPS does not constitute an "admission" for purposes of adjustment of status under 8 USC 1255. Parsing through sections 1254a and 1255, the court distinguishes between lawful status and admission-two different and independent concepts. Essentially, while a grant of Temporary Protected Status confers "lawful status" upon an individual, that grant does not translate into "lawful admission"-which technically requires an inspection/admission or parole. In most cases, an applicant for adjustment of status must demonstrate 1) that he/she has been inspected/admitted/paroled and 2) he/she has not failed (other than through no fault of his own or for technical reasons) to continuously maintain lawful status since entry into the US. According to the holding, TPS will solve or cure the second prong for purposes of adjustment of status. However, if an individual entered the US without inspection-notwithstanding that he/she may currently have TPS-he/she will nevertheless be ineligible to apply for adjustment (subject to certain exceptions, of course, such as section 245i of the INA) due to the deficient first prong. 

Court Issues Block On Public Charge Rule | Do I Still Have To File I-944?

Last week, the Southern District Court of New York granted a preliminary injunction effectively staying further enforcement of the public charge rule. This is extremely significant news given that the order is to be applied nationwide in light of the irreparable harm and public interests engendered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the decision, the government is "enjoined from enforcing, applying, implementing, or treating as effective the [public charge] Rule for any period during which there is a declared national health emergency in response to the COVID-19 outbreak." In practical terms, what this means is that the government is forbidden from applying the stricter public charge guidelines to individuals seeking admission to the US. The plain language seems to indicate that applicants for adjustment of status should not have to complete the onerous I-944 when submitting the I-485 application, and applicants should not bear the burden of demonstrating self-sufficiency at their interviews so long as this injunction is in effect.


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    • New Jersey State Bar Association | Paris Lee Chair - Immigration Section 2015-2016
    • Nationally Recognized | Newsweek Nationwide Showcase | Top Attorneys 2013
    • New Jersey Chapter | American Immigration Lawyers Association | Angie Garasia | Chapter Chair 2015-2016
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