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Fee Waivers: Updates in Practice and Advocacy

December 13, 2019: Over the last week, there have been several policy updates that impact fee waiver practice and advocacy. ASISTA has compiled a brief summary to provide additional background information, practice tips, and advocacy tools for agencies.

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Fighting Back USCIS Harmful New Proposed Fee Rule

ASISTA stridently opposes the proposed fee rule published in the Federal Register yesterday as it further advances the Administration’s callous agenda to create significant barriers to equal access to immigration relief. The new proposed rule makes sweeping changes, including but not limited to: I. Fee Increases An increase in fees for N-400 naturalization application, from $640 to…

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Litigation Update: Challenges to Fee Waiver Form Changes

In the beginning of November, two lawsuits were filed challenging the harmful revisions to USCIS fee waiver forms. USCIS’ new revisions limit the criteria for fee waivers and increase burdens on low-income applicants applying for immigration relief.  Public Citizen on behalf of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Network field a suit in the U.S. District Court for…

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ICE Letter to Congress Confirms 2011 Guidance on Victims still Effective

In September 2019, ICE responded to a letter sent by Representative Julián Castro (TX-20) and several other members of Congress about the guidance changes regarding stay of removal processes for U visa applicants. In the letter it mentions several points: ICE may join a motion to terminate for U visa applicants in removal proceedings and…

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Comment Today: Voice Your Opposition to the proposed USCIS Tip Form

On August 8, 2019 the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted a second opportunity for notice and comment on the new USCIS Tip Form to collect information from the public regarding purported immigration fraud. At ASISTA, we are concerned about the USCIS Tip Form as it represents another tool for abusers and perpetrators of…

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The Hill: ICE rule change on U visas sparks outrage

“The Trump administration has quietly altered its handling of visas granted to immigrants who cooperate with criminal investigations, allowing people to be deported even while they are waiting for their visas.” ASISTA’s Cecelia Friedman Levin describes the impact of these changes and how they will diminish access to critical protection to immigrant survivors. Read more…

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New Advocacy Tool: Tell Congress to Stand with Immigrant Survivors

Advocate Toolkit August 2019

ASISTA with support from the Alliance for Immigrant Survivors (AIS) has released an advocacy toolkit to help those who work with survivors engage in advocacy efforts with their member of Congress.  The toolkit contains sample social media messaging as well as tips to engage your Members of Congress while they are in District.  We will…

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Policy Update: Changes in ICE Guidance Will Impede Access to Protections for Immigrant Survivors of Violence

Late last Friday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released a new fact sheet  outlining when they will grant “stays” of deportation to crime victims who have cooperated with law enforcement investigations applying for a U visa.  This new guidance will create enormous barriers for survivors of violence; it eliminates critical procedural safeguards and will lead…

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Policy Update: DHS Publishes Harmful New U Visa Law Enforcement Resource Guide

It is beyond overwhelming to track the myriad ways, large and small, in which DHS’ policy is eroding access to critical immigration protections, including those designed to protect immigrant crime survivors. Sometimes these policy changes don’t grab headlines, but they all contribute to DHS’ calculated and callous plan to weaken existing paths to immigration benefits.…

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