Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The U.S. Now Has Even More Leeway to Start Deportation Proceedings for Immigrants

Trump administration guidelines for summoning legal and undocumented immigrants before an immigration judge to start deportation procedures will expand again starting on Nov. 19.
The U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) recently announced that its officials will have more leeway to issue so-called Notices to Appear (NTA) if an immigration benefit request has been denied.
USCIS started to implement a new protocol on Oct. 1 that expanded the number of reasons for issuing NTAs — a document issued to non-citizens instructing them to appear in immigration court. The NTAs traditionally mark the beginning of a deportation procedure.
The new measure that takes effect next week will affect foreigners who entered the U.S. legally, and applied for an immigration benefit such as a visa. But now if their application, petition or benefit request gets turned down, their presence in the United States becomes immediately unlawful.
Previously, an immigrant had more time to re-petition or pursue other avenues to stay in the United States under a different status.
“If applicants, beneficiaries, or self-petitioners who are denied are no longer in a period of authorized stay and do not depart the United States, USCIS may issue an NTA,” the agency announcement said.
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