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Alex Azar Sworn In As New Secretary Of Health And Human Services

by Wendy Barlow on Feb. 12, 2018

Immigration Immigration  Deportation Immigration  Visa 

Summary: After being confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 55-43, Alex Azar was sworn in as the new Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) in a ceremony at the White House on January 29, 2018. In this post, we provide notes on the Azar swearing in and what the HHS does in the immigration context.

immigration attorney nycAfter being confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 55-43, Alex Azar was sworn in as the new Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) in a ceremony at the White House on January 29, 2018. You may watch the ceremony, which includes remarks by President Donald Trump and Secretary Azar, here.

We examined Secretary Azar's background in some detail in a post about his nomination in November [see blog].

The HHS plays a limited role in the immigration context. However, it notably includes the Office of Refugee Resettlement [PDF version]. In addition to its role with refugees, the Office of Refugee Resettlement is also responsible for the placement of certain unaccompanied alien children [PDF version].

In addition, the HHS is responsible for setting the federal poverty guidelines, which play a role in the affidavit of support and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) fee waiver contexts [see blog]. The HHS also makes designations that are pertinent for nonimmigrant [e.g., see article] and immigrant physicians [e.g., see article]. Finally, components of the HHS set guidelines that are relevant to overcoming medical grounds of inadmissibility, notably the vaccine requirement [see article].

Please visit the nyc immigration lawyers website for further information. The Law Offices of Grinberg & Segal, PLLC focuses vast segment of its practice on immigration law. This steadfast dedication has resulted in thousands of immigrants throughout the United States.

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