While there is still no formal policy granting automatic extensions of time to tourists who remain stranded inside the US due to Covid-19, USCIS recently clarified that it will, on a case-by-case basis, entertain extension requests even if not timely filed. As we wrote about earlier, visitors here on tourist visas whose periods of stay are due to expire-but who cannot depart due to conditions caused by Covid-19 (such as canceled flights or illness)-need to file for extensions on Form I-539 as early as possible.
On October 4, 2019, President Trump issued an immigration related proclamation that will affect nearly all family-based cases being processed abroad once it goes into effect. Titled "Presidential Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry of Immigrants Who Will Financially Burden the United States Healthcare System," the order directs immigrant visas to be denied to individuals who cannot demonstrate that they will be covered by approved health insurance within 30 days of the alien's entry into the United States or unless the individual possesses the financial resources to pay for reasonably foreseeable medical costs. What this essentially means, in layman's terms, is that immigrants who cannot prove that they are covered by health insurance or have financial means to pay for their medical costs will be barred from entering the US.
When it comes to DWI (39:4-50) in NJ, many people-including attorneys-often overlook the ramifications of a DWI on admissibility. Clients are often so concerned about deportability that they or their counselors may neglect to explore the impact of a Drunk Driving conviction on admissibility-which comes into play whenever a non-US citizen wishes to enter the United States or when an individual applies for permanent residence, either through the consular process or alternatively, adjustment of status.
An intriguing article came out last week in the New York Times regarding the use of social media by the Department of Homeland Security to identify and root out potential terrorists. According to the article, the DHS is considering new policies to scrutinize the social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) of potential visa applicants and those seeking refugee or asylum status here in the US. Interestingly, DHS already has four pilot projects, one of which has been active since December, and which examines the social media accounts of those wishing to enter under a fiancé or K-1 visa, which was the type of visa that the San Bernardino terrorist Tashfeen Malik had entered the country on. Moreover, USCIS already scours the social media of Syrian refugees when the applicant is flagged for something, whether due to a hit in a security background check or due to questions raised by an immigration officer.