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Immigration Alert: Policy Changes & Budget Updates

Immigration Reform Included in House Budget Resolution

The House of Representatives has passed a $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package that includes a $107 billion allocation for providing legal permanent resident status to “qualified immigrants”. The package does not specify exactly the terms of the pathway for immigrants, but paves the way for final consideration of the budget that cannot be filibustered and can pass with a simple majority.

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Evidence of Covid-19 Vaccination to be required for Adjustment of Status Applicants

Starting October 1, evidence of Covid-19 Vaccinations will be required for applicants applying for adjustment of status or refugee status. The USCIS is requiring all applications that require an I-693 Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination to ensure the applicant has received all appropriate doses of the vaccine. There are exceptions in place, including individuals too young to receive the vaccine.

Reported changes to USCIS Field Office Interviews

Multiple reports have been made that the USCIS has started scheduling interviews outside of normal business hours, on Saturdays and in some outside of a specific jurisdiction. It appears this the first step of USCIS utilizing its resources to tackle the backlog of cases it is currently dealing with.

Remain-in-Mexico Trump era Policy to be implemented after SCOTUS ruling

The Supreme Court has instructed the Biden Administration to reinstate the controversial Migrant Protection Protocols or “Remain-in-Mexico” policy. The MPP lead to tens of thousands of migrants from all over the Americas to wait in Mexico before an overloaded immigration system could process their matters. Following a similar reasoning to the opinion that reinstated the DACA program the Court found the Biden Administration “failed to show a likelihood of success on the claim that the memorandum rescinding the Migrant Protection Protocols was not arbitrary and capricious.”

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