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Are Proxy Marriages Valid for Immigration to the U.S.?

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Jan 22, 2022 | 0 Comments

COVID related travel restrictions have caused many couples to postpone wedding plans. For couples separated by international borders, many lately are wondering whether proxy marriages are valid for obtaining an immigrant visa. Read our latest blog to learn what a proxy marriage is and whether it might be the right option for you.

USCIS Issuing Expedited EADs for Healthcare Workers

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Jan 06, 2022 | 0 Comments

Recent USCIS guidance issued in December states that healthcare workers who have a pending EAD renewal application, and whose employment authorization will expire within 30 days or has already expired, can now request expedited processing of their EAD renewals.  Read our latest blog to learn how you or your healthcare worker loved one can expedite their EAD renewal.

In Last Ditch Effort Senators Consider Overruling Parliamentarian in Bid to Enact Immigration Policy

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Dec 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

100 people sit in the United States Senate, yet two of them hold the actual power for the latest bill that could provide a path to citizenship for thousands of undocumented immigrants in the United States.  The Senate Parliamentarian is the one with all the power right now, and some senators are thinking of overruling her decision. Read our latest blog to learn about this situation.

Build Back Better Act Set to Help Families Subject to Visa Backlogs Green Card Recapture

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Dec 06, 2021 | 0 Comments

Due to extreme visa backlogs, thousands of families have to wait up to twenty years or more for the promise of permanency in the United States. The Biden Administration and Congress is trying to change that, but the Build Back Better Act faces an uphill battle in the Senate. Read our latest blog to learn more about how we hope the green card backlog will be eased.

Settlement of USCIS Lawsuit Gives Major Win to H, L and E Visa Spouses for Work Permits

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Nov 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

There are many things to be grateful for this Thanksgiving week, but we want to highlight a class-action lawsuit, Shergill, et al. v. Mayorkas, that the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has been fighting on behalf of nonimmigrant spouses here on H, L, or E visas, which just settled. Read our latest blog to learn about the outcome of this settlement.

Class Action Lawsuit Filed for Extreme USCIS Processing Delays of Work Permit Applications

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Nov 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

Although the United States is known as the land of opportunity, the opportunity to work if you’re not a citizen or legal permanent resident has been significantly curbed lately. In what was previously known as a process that took about three months, the average wait time to receive an employment authorization card is now often taking longer than a year. Read our latest blog to learn about a new lawsuit challenging USCIS and DHS on the extreme delay of EAD cards.

Immigration Provisions in Build Back Better Act Provide Temporary Work Permits through Parole to Certain Immigrants

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Nov 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

After what has felt like months of deliberating and negotiating, it looks like Congress’s Build Back Better Act is set to become law, and with it the possibility of immigration status for thousands of those who have been waiting for decades for Congressional action. The Build Back Better Act was passed by the House and is expected to be passed in the Senate by Thanksgiving, after which it just needs President Biden’s signature in order to become law. Read our latest blog to learn how this Act will hopefully provide parole and work permits to certain undocumented immigrants.

Coming to America: Biden's New COVID Restrictions for Entering the U.S.

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Nov 05, 2021 | 0 Comments

Beginning November 8, 2021, the current restrictions on entering the United States will end and new rules will take their place. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began the restrictions for entry to the U.S. have been based on which country someone was coming from. Effective November 8, there will be no more country by country restrictions - the new rules will apply to all countries. Read our latest blog to learn how these new restrictions may affect you or your loved ones.

Hong Kong Residents in the U.S. Granted Eligibility for Employment Authorization Under Deferred Enforced Departure Announcement

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Oct 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

In the aftermath of the apparent breakdown of civil liberties in Hong Kong, the United States has joined the UK in creating a path for Hong Kong residents to be able to reside elsewhere. Read our latest blog to learn the details of President Biden's announcement that certain eligible Hong Kong residents will now join the list of nationals entitled to deferred enforced departure.

Unlawful Status Alone Should not be the Basis for an Enforcement Action Under New Guidelines

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Oct 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas has announced a new guideline to instruct U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents on the priority of removal for noncitizens. Effective November 29, 2021, the guidelines state that the enforcement of removal of undocumented noncitizens will be based on the threat the noncitizen has on public safety. Read our latest blog to learn what this means.

Will Congress Bring Back Immigration Reform Through the Registry System?

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Oct 04, 2021 | 0 Comments

There is a little known process called Registry that has enabled thousands of people without records of lawful admission to obtain green cards in the U.S. Registry has been part of the immigration system for almost a century, since 1929, but has rarely been used in the last few years. Recent Congressional discussions have put registry back in the forefront of news, and have immigration advocates hoping for its inclusion in a new immigration bill.  Read our latest blog to learn about this process and who it could impact.

Senate Parliamentarian Decides Against Including Immigration Reform in Reconciliation Bill

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Sep 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

Immigration reform suffered a setback recently when it was blocked by the Senate Parliamentarian.  With an evenly split Senate, things right now are close. So close that the inclusion of immigration language in the Democrats’ Reconciliation Bill was nixed by one person. Read our latest blog to learn about this current situation with up to 8 million green cards at stake.

I-751 Receipt Notices Extend Lawful Permanent Resident Status for 24 Months

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Sep 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

USCIS is scrambling to catch up with the enormous backlog of immigration petitions, and is finding ways to prioritize which petitions need their immediate attention and which can wait.  For conditional permanent resident holders who filed to remove the conditions of their green card, USCIS has announced a helpful new short-term policy regarding receipt notices. Read our latest blog to learn more!

Immigration Options for Our Afghan Allies

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Aug 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

In 2009 the United States promised Afghan interpreters and their families the opportunity to relocate to the U.S. because of their assistance to our military during its time in Afghanistan. The chaos that has arisen since the U.S. announced its departure from Afghanistan and the rapid fall of the Afghan government has placed the safety of our Afghan allies at risk. In our latest blog we explain the protection that some Afghans have been promised from the U.S., as people try to make sense of the situation left in Afghanistan after a war that was overseen by four different American presidents’ administrations.  

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