Changes to 2019 US Immigration Policy

February 14, 2019

Philadelphia immigration attorney helps with immigration issues.With all of the changes to United States Immigration Policy over the past few years, individuals concerned with their immigration status can feel lost in the shuffle. The ever-changing laws can seem complicated, and it may make it hard for individuals to know whether or not they are at risk, or if they are conforming to current regulations.

The Trump administration has been working to limit immigration, and to reinforce how the Department of Homeland Security enforces U.S. immigration laws. Some of the new U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) laws will assist foreign citizens with getting their immigration benefits, while others may impose penalties.

This year, there are some major changes coming to U.S. Immigration Policy, and some clarification by category can help explain the new modifications.


This law applies to immigrants that have obtained permanent resident status after marrying a U.S. Citizen. This status is conditional if the marriage occurred less than two years before the date that the immigrant obtained permanent residence.

This individual has to prove that they did not marry to avoid U.S. immigration laws, and this is done via an interview and by filing Form-I-751, which is the Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence.

The new law will permit USCIS to waive this interview, as long as the marriage complies with other regulations to prove its authenticity.

In addition, new policy requires that immigrants who are married to U.S. citizens stay married, and live together in joint residence, for a minimum of three years before filing for naturalization. If the marriage ends before the immigrant takes their Oath of Allegiance, they are not eligible for citizenship.

Medical Exams

All permanent residence applicants must conform to public health requirements in order to qualify for citizenship. This requires the completion of Form I-693, which details the results of the exam.

This form is submitted to USCIS. Now, once the form is completed, applicants will have two months to get it signed by an authorized medical professional.

Violations That May Lead to Deportation

Notices to Appear (NTA) are given to immigrants who are summoned to see an immigration judge in order to begin deportation procedures. The NTA procedure has been revised, and now includes additional reasons why immigrants can be called in. These include violations of state and federal programs that relate to receiving public benefits, criminal actions, and fraudulent activities.

Application Denial

The new policy also gives USCIS the ability to deny immigrants applications for permanent residency, visa extensions, and U.S. citizenship, without alerting the applicants of these decisions.

In the past, USCIS provided Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) and Requests for Evidence (RFE) to applicants as a courtesy. This allowed the applicants to fix any mistakes they had made and offer additional documentation.

USCIS can now just deny these requests and petitions if the initial evidence is not deemed adequate.

Contact a Philadelphia Immigration Attorney at the Law Offices of Tahir Mella, P.C. for Help with Immigration Issues

If you or someone you care for is struggling with immigration problems, we can help. Contact a knowledgeable and compassionate Philadelphia immigration attorney at the Law Offices of Tahir Mella, P.C. for a free case evaluation. Call us at 215-496-0690 or complete an online form today. Our office is in Philadelphia, and we represent clients in Pennsylvania, the tri-state area, New Jersey, and nationally.