Unlimited Weekly Immigration News Archive: January 19, 2024


USCIS Launches Customer Experience Improvements for H-1B Cap Season

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announcement launching organizational accounts and filing online forms for the future H-1B Cap Seasons.

Organizational accounts will allow multiple individuals within a company or business entity, along with their legal representatives, to work together on H-1B registrations, Form I-129 (Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker), and the associated Form I-907 (Request for Premium Processing Service). USCIS plans to introduce organizational accounts in February 2024, with online filing of Forms I-129 and I-907 as an early follow-up.

Iowa voters cite immigration as top concern

Presidential candidate Donald Trump scored a record victory in the Iowa caucuses this week, performing particularly well among Iowa’s urban, small-town and rural communities.

Prior to the caucuses, immigration was one of the top issues Republican candidates addressed to Iowa voters. Many Iowa voters quoted Border security and immigration enforcement are more important issues than the state of the U.S. economy.

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Civil rights group sues US banks for denying loans to DACA recipients

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), a national civil rights organization, filed ten lawsuits over the past seven years, against various financial institutions for alleged discrimination against DACA recipients. The lawsuits claim that several U.S. banks and credit unions denied eligible DACA recipients loans and other financial services based solely on their immigration status.

US immigration courts struggle as 3M cases pile up

According to recent government data, there are now 3 million pending cases In U.S. immigration courts, the backlog has tripled since 2019, growing by more than a million cases in the last year alone.

The rise in cases is largely due to an unprecedented increase in the number of migrants seeking asylum after being apprehended for crossing the border illegally. Immigration lawyers and advocates say the backlog of cases and resulting long wait times for court dates are harming an already strained asylum system.

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