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News from the USCIS

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that it will reuse previously submitted biometrics in order to process valid Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, extension requests due to the temporary closure of Application Support Centers (ASC) to the public in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This announcement is consistent with existing USCIS authorities regarding the agency’s ability to reuse previously submitted biometrics.

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USCIS Will Accept All Benefit Forms and Documents with Reproduced Original Signatures for Submissions Dated March 21, 2020, and Beyond

I hope many of you have seen this, but thanks to AILA’s continued advocacy, CIS has agreed to accept original signatures. More to come, we hope, regarding other requests, such as 90 day extensions on RFE, NOID, etc.

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USCIS Offices Temporarily Closed to the Public

As of March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has suspended routine in-person services until at least April 1 to help slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). USCIS staff will continue to perform duties that do not involve contact with the public.

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Message to Foley Law Offices Clients

We sent the message below to Foley Law Offices clients who have interviews scheduled with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. The bottom line is the USCIS is closed at least until April 1st.

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Get the facts about REAL ID

Beginning October 1, 2020, you will need a REAL ID or other acceptable ID such as a valid passport to fly within the U.S.REAL ID is a Federal Security Standard for IDs that was created in 2005 as a result of increased federal security measures after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

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U.S. House Again Approves Irish E-3 Visas

Want some good news for a change? A bill which could give Irish citizens access to thousands of US visas every year has been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Education of An Idealist

I had the good fortune of spending a little time recently with the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power. She was the guest of the Irish American Partnership at its annual women’s Christmas breakfast.

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USCIS Updates Process for Accepting Petitions for Relatives Abroad

WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that, as part of the adjustment of its international footprint to increase efficiencies, Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, will only be processed domestically by USCIS or internationally by the Department of State in certain circumstances beginning Feb 1, 2020.

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Lawyer calls for Support for E-3 Visas for the Irish

Boston immigration Attorney John Foley has endorsed passage of an immigration bill currently under consideration in the U.S. Congress. Foley said “HR 7100 would allow Irish citizens to apply for and receive E-3 employment visas. The bill has been filed in the House of Representatives and a vote is expected during the current lame duck session of Congress.”

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DACA News!

Good news for our Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) immigrants! Today it was announced that the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling blocking the Trump Administration from ending President Obama’s 6-year old program that protects young undocumented immigrants, who came to the United States as children, from being deported.

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