USCIS Fee Hike Could Go Into Effect Early 2024
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is on the cusp of implementing significant changes to its fee structure. The latest update from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) indicates that the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) completed its USCIS Final Fee Rule review on January 19, 2024. The final rule, which contains substantial increases in immigration fees, was received by OIRA on January 8, 2024. Given that it’s been eight years since the last fee adjustment, the Administration may fast-track the finalization of this rule. Learn more in our USCIS fees guide.
Boundless CEO Featured in GeekWire’s Uncommon Thinkers Series
Boundless co-founder and CEO Xiao Wang was recently featured in GeekWire magazine’s “Uncommon Thinkers” series, which profiles entrepreneurs driving positive change in their industries and beyond.
Wang sat down with GeekWire to discuss Boundless’ mission to simplify the complex U.S. immigration process and make it more accessible for all prospective immigrants. “If you learn too much about a problem and you really understand the need and the gap and the pain that it’s causing people, you get to a point where you can’t not do something about it,” Wang said. “Especially when the problem is close to home.” Read more here.
U.S. and Mexican Government Officials Coordinate on Border Issues
High-level talks between U.S. and Mexican government officials kicked off last week to address security concerns at the countries’ shared border and how to crack down on migrant smuggling networks.
The U.S. also announced plans to support Guatemala, as border crossings from Guatemalan migrants have increased in recent months. “The United States stands ready to support the people of Guatemala and their new government on a wide range of issues including economic development and hemispheric migration management,” an official government statement said.
New Florida Bill Targets ID Cards for Undocumented Immigrants
A Senate committee in Florida approved a bill that would prevent cities in the state from accepting ID issued to undocumented immigrants.
The community ID cards in question were created to help undocumented immigrants navigate government processes, such as enrolling their children in school and interacting with law enforcement.