Act On Usurious Fees
USCIS recently announced its proposal for a massive fee increase.
USCIS cites IBIS checks and fraud detection among the activities leading to increased fees. While the USCIS has authority to increase fees in relation to services rendered, we wonder whether the USCIS can charge security-related costs to immigrant applicants seeking benefits. These activities should be located within the enforcement arms of DHS (CBP, ICE), along with their attendent costs. Omitting enforcement fees in this way will substantially reduce the proposed USCIS fee increase.
USCIS is a benefits delivery organization that serves two distinct customers (employment vs. family). Services such as premium-processing which places efficiency up for sale have overwhelmingly been taken advantage of by businesses. Businesses can absorb increased fees and pass on these costs to their clients. Individuals (who overwhelmingly file family petitions) do not have alternatives to filing their application fees or the luxury of passing on increased fees. Moreover, employers through coalition groups and advocacy organizations have the financial wherewithal to voice their political views on Capitol Hill and effect change. Individuals who generally file family-based applications, on the other hand, do not have the ability to mobilize in large numbers. These individuals do not have the political clout or any available recourse if immigration services are not rendered or are shabbily rendered. The USCIS must acknowledge that their fee structure cannot be equally applied to both employment-based and family-based applications since they are indeed distinct customer bases, and as such require tailored solutions.
Immigration overwhelmingly benefits our country. Imposing administrative fees entirely on the shoulders of immigrants sends a conflicted message. Immigration Daily has long maintained that user fees should be abolished entirely. The proposed rule suggests exempting T nonimmigrant status and VAWA status applicants from paying certain fees. Such exemptions should be greatly broadened, and should include exemptions for financial hardship. Doing anything different will mean that the rich folks will get their green cards but the poor families won't.
The power lies with Congress to correct this injustice. Congress should perhaps consider eliminating fees altogether or in part and appropriating the rest. An important advantage of this would be that DHS would be more responsive to Congressional offices.
We urge all readers affected by usurious fees to submit their comments to USCIS.
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Help Wanted: The Indian IT Skills Gap And How More H-1Bs Can Make It Worse
Gary Endelman writes "There is a dirty little secret that India does not want you to know: they have a looming IT shortage!"
Counting Immigrants In Cities Across The Globe
Marie Price and Lisa Benton-Short For Migration Information Source write "In cities around the world, but especially in Western Europe, Australia, the Persian Gulf, and North America, immigrants play a fundamental role in the labor force and the social life of cities."
CRS Report On Alien Legalization
The Congressional Research Service issued a primer summarizing the main avenues for foreign nationals
currently in the US - legally or illegally - to become legal permanent residents.
Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
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Scores of local governments are considering laws to require landlords, employers and businesses to verify the immigration status of tenants, employees and customers. These proposals have met protest and litigation from immigrant rights groups and activists. The American Immigration Law Foundation's Immigration Policy Center and Widener University School of Law are sponsoring a forum to discuss this important issue. The forum will be held at Widener on February 7, 4-6pm. It is free and open to the public (CLE credit available - requires fee). More information is available here or from Constance Sweeney at (302) 477-2177 or email@example.com.
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