News and updates

President Biden approves the number of refugees who can come to the USA

May 3, 2021

On May 3, 2021, President Joe Biden signed the Presidential Determination for the US Refugee Resettlement Program with a goal of 62,500 refugees for the current fiscal year. This is an increase from 15,000 that the Trump administration had set for the current year. After several months’ pause, resettlement will now start again for cases that have already been approved, and new cases will begin to be processed. Learn more.

Types of U.S. visas and the visa requirements

May 3, 2021

The processing of U.S. visas has started again. Learn more about the current U.S. visa priorities, types of visas, and how you can apply.

COVID vaccine: what you need to know

April 19, 2021

The vaccine is now available for all adults living in the U.S. Learn about the safety of the vaccine and where you can get one. Here’s what you need to know.

Standing with our Asian American community

March 23, 2021

Last week we experienced a terrible loss when eight people were killed, including six Asian American women targeted by this attack. Unfortunately, this tragedy is part of a long history of violence aimed at the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community here in the USA.

2019 Public charge rule blocked

March 10, 2021

On Tuesday, March 9, the Biden administration stopped enforcing the 2019 public charge rule restrictions that had been issued by former President Trump.

The Department of Homeland Security issued a statement indicating that it will return to follow the 1999 interim field guidance on public charge. Under this guidance, DHS will not consider the use of Medicaid (except for Medicaid for long-term institutionalization), public housing, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits as public charge.