U.S. Consulates in Shanghai and Shenyang Temporarily Closed (Updated)

Shanghai Due to local health control measures, the visa unit at the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai is currently closed. They expect to remain closed until the lockdown is lifted, according to ustraveldocs.com. The United States has no higher priority than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas, including Mission China’s personnel and their families. On… Continue reading U.S. Consulates in Shanghai and Shenyang Temporarily Closed (Updated)

Calling the USCIS Contact Center

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Contact Center at 1-800-375-5283 has updated its phone-tree system. This summary of how to use the system draws on helpful practice tips from the Contact Center’s webpage and AILA Doc. No. 19101631 (Jan. 10, 2022) (subscription only). Before calling the Contact Center, check for the availability of USCIS… Continue reading Calling the USCIS Contact Center

Who Automatically Acquires Chinese Citizenship at Birth?

This table summarizes who is automatically a Chinese citizen at birth according to the Nationality Law: Place of Child’s Birth Citizenship of Parents Citizenship of Child Source of Law China One or both is Chinese Chinese Nationality Law, article 4 “ Both parents are:(a) stateless or uncertain nationality; and (b) have settled (定居) in China. Chinese Nationality… Continue reading Who Automatically Acquires Chinese Citizenship at Birth?

Cato Institute on Welcoming Immigrants from China

“The United States Should Welcome Immigrants from China,” proclaims an article on the Cato Institute website by Alex Nowrasteh and John Glaser. The authors see that competition with China is dominating America’s foreign policy discourse in a way reminiscent of the Cold War. The authors blame this poisoned discourse in part on President Biden’s failure… Continue reading Cato Institute on Welcoming Immigrants from China

U.S. Retaliates Against China for Failure to Repatriate Deportees

The U.S. has imposed visa sanctions on certain Chinese nationals in retaliation for the Chinese government’s failure to repatriate deportees from the U.S. By 2017, there was a backlog of nearly 40,800 Chinese nationals who had been ordered deported by the U.S. but who had not been removed because China was dragging its feet in issuing travel documents,… Continue reading U.S. Retaliates Against China for Failure to Repatriate Deportees

USCIS Lockbox Delays

USCIS lockbox delays are the topic of a Mar. 10 update to the agency’s COVID-19 webpage: “As a result of COVID-19 restrictions, an increase in filings, current postal service volume and other external factors, you may experience a delay of four to six weeks in receiving your receipt notice after properly filing an application or… Continue reading USCIS Lockbox Delays

Biden Rescinds Presidential Proclamation 10014, Which Prohibited Entry of Immigrants Who Are “Risk” to Labor Market

On February 24, 2021, President Biden rescinded Presidential Proclamation 10014, which prohibited the entry of certain immigrants into the United States due to possible harm to economic interests due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Biden asserts that the ban “harms the United States, including by preventing certain family members of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents from… Continue reading Biden Rescinds Presidential Proclamation 10014, Which Prohibited Entry of Immigrants Who Are “Risk” to Labor Market

Biden Beats Trump: What’s Next for Immigration Law?

What are the consequences for immigration law of Joe Biden’s election as the 46th president of the United States? The Trump administration’s legacy will have been to reduce legal immigration by up to 49% – without any change to the Immigration and Nationality Act but instead through hundreds of regulatory and sub-regulatory actions. The administration has strived,… Continue reading Biden Beats Trump: What’s Next for Immigration Law?

Find a USCIS Field Office

Inexplicably, USCIS has removed from its website contact information for its field offices. If you go to the Find a USCIS Office page, there is still a link for Field Offices, but that page no longer lists contact information. But contact information can still be found in an archived version of this webpage from May… Continue reading Find a USCIS Field Office

Trump Tweets of Plan to “Suspend Immigration”

Apr. 23 Update: President Trump just issued the executive order suspending immigration he tweeted about. See Trump Suspends Entry of Immigrants Who Are “Risk” to Labor Market. So President Trump has announced on Twitter that he intends to issue an Executive Order that will “suspend immigration” in light of how COVID-19 has devastated the economy:… Continue reading Trump Tweets of Plan to “Suspend Immigration”

Feb. 4 Update: Trump Bans Entry of Noncitizens Present in China During Prior 2 Weeks

President Trump has issued a Jan. 31 proclamation barring entry to the U.S. of noncitizens present in China during the two weeks prior to attempting to enter the U.S. CBP has issued a Feb. 4 Notification of Arrival Restrictions Applicable to Flights Carrying Persons Who Have Recently Traveled from or Were Otherwise Present Within the… Continue reading Feb. 4 Update: Trump Bans Entry of Noncitizens Present in China During Prior 2 Weeks

IRS Departing Alien Clearance (Sailing Permit)

Before departing the U.S., certain noncitizens must obtain from IRS a certificate of compliance. This document is also popularly known as a “sailing permit” or “departure permit.” One of two forms is filed with IRS: Form 1040C, U.S. Departing Alien Income Tax Return: This form is used by persons leaving the U.S. to report both… Continue reading IRS Departing Alien Clearance (Sailing Permit)

Immigration Quotes and Quips

I would be happy if not a single refugee foot ever again touched America’s soil. Stephen Miller, senior advisor to President Trump on immigration matters. Meanwhile, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency, there are 25.9 million refugees worldwide who have been forced to flee their homes and seek refuge in other countries. We cannot… Continue reading Immigration Quotes and Quips

U.S. Judge Rules Suspicionless Searches of Travelers’ Digital Devices Unconstitutional

Reuters reports that yesterday, a federal judge ruled that U.S. border agents need “reasonable suspicion” but not a warrant to search travelers’ smartphones and laptops at airports and other U.S. ports of entry. The ruling sets a higher standard than the one CBP agents must apply to conduct routine searches of electronic devices under current… Continue reading U.S. Judge Rules Suspicionless Searches of Travelers’ Digital Devices Unconstitutional

Highlights of the Dep’t of Homeland Security Public Charge Rule

On August 14, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule related to public charge in the Federal Register. The rule was set to take effect on October 15, 2019, but is currently tied up in litigation. The rule will not apply to immigration applications filed before it takes effect.