Signature Required: If Your Green Card, EAD, or Travel Document is Being Delivered

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it will begin using U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) Signature Confirmation Restricted Delivery service to mail Green Cards and other secure documents beginning April 30, 2018. In order to track delivery of your Green Card, Employment Authorization Document (EAD), and Travel Document, you have to sign up for USCIS’ online case management: https://egov.uscis.gov/casestatus/landing.do

Applicants must present identification to sign for their documents upon delivery. Applicants can sign up for USPS Informed Delivery to receive delivery status notifications. Applicants will also have the option to arrange for pickup at a post office at a convenient date and time by going to the USPS website and selecting “hold for pickup.”

自从2018年4月30日起,美国公民和移民服务局(USCIS)宣布将开始使用美国邮政服务局(USPS)签名确认限制送达服务邮寄绿卡和其他安全文件。为了跟踪您的绿卡, 工卡(EAD)和旅行证件的递送情况,您必须注册USCIS的在线案例管理: https://egov.uscis.gov/casestatus/landing.do

申请人必须出示身份证明以在交付时签署文件。 申请人可以注册 USPS 交付以接收送达状态通知。 申请人还可以选择在方便的日期和时间在邮局安排取件,方法是前往USPS网站并选择 “hold for pickup”。

DNA Testing Rules in Sibling Immigration Petition Cases

USCIS may suggest and accept DNA tests s evidence of a full-or half-sibling relationship

USCIS has updated its policy regarding direct sibling-to-sibling DNA testing. If USCIS determined primary evidence is unavailable or unreliable, USCIS may suggest and accept DNA test results from an American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) accredited lab as evidence of a full-or half-sibling relationship. In these cases, USCIS will consider DNA along with all evidence on record to determine if the requisite relationship exists.

A sibling relationship requires that the petitioner and beneficiary are, or once were, the children of at least one common parent. Primary evidence includes birth and marriage certificates. Secondary evidence includes medical records, school records, and religious documents. Affidavits sworn to by persons who were living at the time of and who have personal knowledge of the event to which they attest may also be accepted if certain conditions are met.

USCIS will consider results of DNA testing conducted by an AABB-accredited lab that reflect a 90 percent probability or higher that a full- or half-sibling relationship exists as probative evidence of the claimed relationship. Due to the variations within half-sibling relationship test results, any result for a half sibling below 90 percent will be deemed inconclusive. Where a result is inconclusive, an officer must continue to evaluate the remaining evidence in the totality of the circumstances. To the extent possible, DNA testing against the common parent(s) is encouraged.

兄弟姐妹移民申请案件DNA测试规则

美国移民局已更新其关于兄弟姐妹DNA测试的政策。 如果USCIS确定主要证据不可用或不可靠,USCIS可能会建议并接受AABB认可的实验室的DNA测试结果作为兄弟姐妹关系的证据。 在这些情况下,移民局将考虑DNA以及所有记录在案的证据,以确定申请人于受益人是否存在真实的兄弟姐妹关系。

兄弟姐妹关系的请愿者和受益人至少需要有一个共同父母。 主要证据包括出生和结婚证书。 次要证据包括医疗记录,学校记录和宗教文件。 亲戚朋友邻居也可以写信证明他们兄弟姐妹关系的了解程度。

美国移民局将考虑由AABB认证实验室进行的DNA测试结果,该结果必须反映90%或更高的兄弟姐妹关系概率,作为所声称关系的证明证据。由于半同胞关系测试结果的差异,任何半兄弟姐妹低于90%的结果都将被视为不确定证据。 如果结果不确定,美国移民局官员必须继续评估所有的剩余证据。在可能的范围内,移民局鼓励对共同父母进行DNA测试。

新税法影响赡养费,可能激发2018年美国离婚潮

新税法带来美国离婚潮

一些专家预测,2018年年底前可能会看到美国离婚人数激增。 原因在于配偶赡养费报税的改变。

由于新的税法,支付赡养费的配偶将无法抵税,而领取赡养费的配偶将不再需要将赡养费报告为收入。现在税法的变化不会影响2019年前离婚或签署分居协议的人。赡养费的扣除计划是自1942年以来一直存在的税法条例。

协商赡养费的配偶可能会在他们新税法生效后尝试减少支付赡养费,因为支付赡养费再也不能节省税款。在谈判离婚条件时,女性更容易受到这种新税法的伤害。这项新税法降低了弱势配偶,主要是女性,在离婚后实现财务稳定的能力。美国人口普查局的统计数据显示,去年收到赡养费的243,000人中有98%是女性。

但同时,新税法将会带来政府财政收入的增加, 因为扣除赡养费的人一般来说比拿赡养费的配偶的税率更高。赡养费不能抵税过后可能会将赡养费支付者纳入更高的税收范围。

目前来说还不清楚的是这项税法变化是否会影响婚前协议。比方说如果有婚前协议要求离婚时支付一定数额的赡养费。

I-765工卡处理时间长达五个月

亲属绿卡的工卡以及所有“其他”申请类别的工卡都超过五个月以上

加利福尼亚州,内布拉斯加州,德克萨斯州和佛蒙特州服务中心的最新处理时间报告(表示2017年10月31日的处理时间)显示大于五个月的工卡申请的处理时间。 除了基于待决庇护的工卡申请,所有其他类型的工卡现在都非常的慢。

亲属绿卡的工卡以及所有“其他”申请类别的工卡都超过五个月以上。每个服务中心表示正在处理截至2017年8月1日的案件。

这样平均超过150天的处理时间是很有问题的。由于这些漫长的处理时间,许多人报告他们已经失去了工作或者有可能失业。要求“加速处理”的请求如果已经提交给了NCSC,通常不会给予裁决。

美国公民及移民服务局的理由是它们收到了太多的I-765工卡申请。无论是更新还是第一次申请的工卡,移民局都是统一处理,先来先得。

移民执法力度加强 – 移民局将在联邦, 州, 和地方法院实行逮捕

美国移民和海关执法将在各地法院内实行逮捕。移民执法说一般情况下不会去学校,托儿所,医院,礼拜场所,葬礼,婚礼集会,和公共示威的地方拿人。

美国移民和海关执法 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) 2018年1月10号公布其最新政策 – 将在各地法院内进行移民执法。参考原文 18013140

移民执法行动针对具体目标,包括:

  • 具有刑事定罪的人;
  • 黑帮成员;
  • 对国家安全或公共安全造成威胁的人;
  • 有递解令在身在身但未离境的人;以及
  • 在被递解移除后,没有经过允许而重返美国的人

执法官员声称自己不会歧视法院内的外国人,并且会尽量不去离婚法庭以及民事法庭。如果在法院拿人的同时遇到其他陪同目标人物出庭的家人或朋友,这类人不会受到移民执法的干扰。移民执法说一般情况下不会去学校,托儿所,医院,礼拜场所,葬礼,婚礼集会,和公共示威的地方拿人。

移民执法官员在奥巴马政府的时候就有在法院拿人,但是在川普的领导下,目前的逮捕率猛增了40%,而且其打击人群打击人群也更加广泛。有些法官放话不允许执法官员入内 – “法院不应该是移民局执法的诱饵。我们必须保护我们州法院司法系统的完整性,并保护使用它的人。” 有些人觉得这样的政策会造成负面影响,使得很多的外国人害怕碰到移民执法官员不从而敢走法院渠道来维护自己的权利。

USCIS New Affirmative Asylum Interview Scheduling Order

USCIS will now schedule asylum interviews starting with newer filings and working back towards older filings.

USCIS announced that starting January 29, 2018, the Asylum Division will give priority to the most recently filed affirmative asylum applications when scheduling for interviews. For the original post, see https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/refugees-asylum/asylum/affirmative-asylum-interview-scheduling. The asylum scheduling bulletin has been taken down.

USCIS will give priority to recent filings. USCIS says to do so will reduce the incentive to file for asylum solely to obtain employment authorization. USCIS says if the cases are processed quicker, it will allow the government promptly place such individuals into removal proceedings. USCIS will now schedule asylum interviews in the following order of priority:

  • First priority: Applications that were scheduled for an interview, but the interview had to be rescheduled at the applicant’s request or the needs of USCIS.
  • Second priority: Applications that have been pending 21 days or less.
  • Third priority: All other pending affirmative asylum applications will be scheduled for interviews starting with newer filings and working back towards older filings.

In addition, Asylum office directors may consider, on a case-by-case basis, an urgent request to be scheduled for an interview if such request is submitted. Source: USCIS Website