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USCIS fee hike blocked by federal judge

Whether submitting a visa application or pursuing a green card, immigrants in Louisiana can generally expect to pay certain fees along the way. Some people struggle to come up with money for these fees, and the situation was only set to get worse following the U.S. Customs and Immigration Services' announcement that it planned to increase fees. However, a federal judge recently ruled that the USCIS cannot increase immigration fees.

US immigration law -- do ICE arrests violate the Constitution?

Immigrants in Louisiana may feel worried when interacting with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and understandably so. Every year, ICE arrests many immigrants -- both documented and undocumented. The way things are handled after these arrests might not be totally constitutional, though. A federal appellate court recently decided that ICE and U.S. immigration law should follow the same constitutional rules to which regular police must abide.

US immigration law and the immigration interview

Immigration interviews are a regular part of many immigration procedures in Louisiana. During an interview, a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officer will ask a number of different questions about someone's background, present circumstances and other relevant information. These interviews are a very important part of U.S. immigration law, but the idea of sitting down to answer a number of different personal questions can feel very overwhelming. Preparing for the process can help.

US immigration law -- What do I need to cross the border?

There are a number of requirements for crossing the border into the United States. Different U.S. immigration law requirements apply to citizens of different countries, though. To avoid any delays at a border checkpoint, anyone who is getting ready to visit Louisiana should be sure to understand which requirements apply to his or her situation.

USCIS reverses furlough decision

In a sudden reversal, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it no longer plans to furlough almost 70% of its employees. While this means immigrants in Louisiana can still expect regular wait times for their applications, it could come with a higher cost. The USCIS also says that it still expects to run out of money, although several lawmakers have demonstrated that this may not be the case.

US immigration law -- changes to DACA

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals -- DACA -- has helped immigrants in Louisiana who were brought to the United States as children without documentation. Those who apply for protection and are approved can get work permits, attend school and more. However, the Department of Homeland Security recently announced certain changes to this part of U.S. immigration law.

US immigration law and criminal convictions

Being arrested is an overwhelming experience. Like other people who have faced criminal allegations in Louisiana, you are probably worried about your future. However, you have an added concern -- your immigration status. Your legal status in the United States can be revoked if you are convicted of a crime. Here are a few things you will need to understand about criminal convictions and U.S. immigration law.

Immigration policy causes uncertainty for international students

International students studying at universities in Louisiana were recently faced with a troubling situation regarding their statuses in the United States. The problem was that an immigration policy would have forced some of those students to return to their home countries. Although the policy has since been rescinded, there is still a lot of uncertainty about how these students will navigate the upcoming school year.

Don't take bad US immigration law advice

There is a lot of confusing information about immigration, and it can be hard to separate the good advice from the bad. Of course, people usually do not give out misguided advice on purpose. The problem is really that U.S. immigration law is complicated. But for however complicated it might be, there are a few pieces of advice that might be helpful to immigrants in Louisiana.

US immigration law -- Can I file for unemployment?

Losing a job can be devastating, especially for people who are hard workers and proud of their jobs. But things may be a little more complicated for certain groups of people like immigrants who are working in Louisiana and worried about running afoul of U.S. immigration law. Immigrants who are legally living all across the country are worried about what filing for unemployment means for their future in the United States.