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The Arlington Immigration Court is Moving

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Sep 25, 2022 | 0 Comments

Remember that immigration backlog we keep telling you about? In 2019 the immigration court in Arlington, Virginia had the third largest backlog of immigration cases in the United States. Today, the Department of Justice is attempting to help the issue. The Arlington Immigration Court is moving to Annandale and an additional immigration court has opened in Sterling, Virginia. Read our latest blog to learn about the new immigration courts in Virginia and what will happen to the cases previously at the Arlington court.

Re-Registration Process for Venezuelan Temporary Protected Status Holders Opens Up for a Limited Time

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Sep 16, 2022 | 0 Comments

Photo by Ronal Labrador on Unsplash Approximately 111,700 people are in a position this week to extend their time in the United States.  On September 8, 2022 the re-registration process for Venezuelan TPS (Temporary Protected Status) holders opened, and will be open until November 7, 2022, lasting 60 days. Any Venezuelan national who currently has TPS status will need to re-register during that time in order to maintain their status.  Read our latest blog to learn how to re-register.

USCIS Caught in Worst Backlog to Date

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Sep 12, 2022 | 0 Comments

Have you ever googled “USCIS backlog”? The results are full of stories, reports, and policy announcements that we already know - the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency is woefully behind on processing cases.  We recognize that many of you know this because you a...

Is the Biden Administration Making DACA a Permanent Law?

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

We know that many of our clients and readers have felt the strain of the last few years, feeling unsure of their continued legal status in the country that is supposed to be home. In the last six years roughly 700,000 Dreamers have been presented with a multitude of politicians - all with broken promises about DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Now the Biden Administration is attempting to rectify the legal procedure by turning DACA into a federal rule, instead of just an executive order. Read our latest blog to learn more about this ongoing situation.

An Excess of Green Cards to go to Waste?

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Aug 26, 2022 | 0 Comments

Do you remember that famous Oprah episode from 2004? “You get a car and YOU get a car!” Well it seems that if it chose to, the U.S. government could have a similar situation of giveaways, but with employment-based green cards. Read our latest blog to learn about the visa dilemma USCIS has found itself in during the last month of its fiscal year.

Hope Renewed for Afghans in U.S.

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

If there is anything the United States Congress is known for, sadly, as of late it is refusing to work across the aisle, even for matters that the general public support, regardless of political party. However, an immigration issue with widespread bipartisan public support is helping the Afghan evacuees, with 81% of the American public agreeing that the U.S. should assist them. It has now been one year since Afghanistan fell, and one year since Afghan evacuees started arriving on U.S. soil. Read our latest blog to learn about what Congress is trying to pass to help the evacuees.

Possible USCIS Fee Increases in the Works

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Aug 14, 2022 | 0 Comments

We all know the basics of how normal businesses work - how much money a business makes impacts who they are able to hire and how they are able to run the business. But did you know that USCIS, a government agency, also runs on that business model? USCIS is almost entirely fee-based and is apparently feeling the effects of inflation. Read our latest blog to learn about why the Biden Administration is reviewing changes to the USCIS fee structure.

USCIS Announces Further COVID Related Extensions

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

Have you wondered whether we’re still in a pandemic, or whether things have returned to normal? It seems it depends on what industry you’re in. USCIS is still firmly acting like the pandemic is in full swing - which can have both positive and negative effects for USCIS applicants. But a recent announcement from USCIS on extensions due to the pandemic is welcome news and we'd like to share it with you. Read our latest blog to know what the extensions apply to.

Revised Document Process Announced for Afghan Special Immigrant Visas

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Jul 31, 2022 | 0 Comments

More than 123,000 Afghans were brought to the United States since the fall of the Afghan government in August 2021. Of those, thousands have yet to be given a permanent immigrant status. Today a special immigrant visa (SIV) is available to Afghans who worked for more than one year for the U.S. military or international forces in conjunction with the U.S., but the requirements make it difficult to obtain. USCIS and the State Department have announced an update for SIV applications to ease the process. Read our latest blog to learn more.

Temporary Protected Status Extended for Venezuelans

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Jul 24, 2022 | 0 Comments

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas designated Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status in March of 2021. The TPS was designated for 18 months, and was set to expire in two months. However, as of July 11, the Department of Homeland Security has announced an extension of that designation for another 18 months. Read our latest blog to learn whether you qualify for this extension and how to renew your current TPS status.

New Travel Documents Policy to be Put in Place for TPS Beneficiaries

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Jul 16, 2022 | 0 Comments

There’s been a lot in the news lately about Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and this month brings even more. Beginning July 1, 2022, USCIS issued a new travel authorization document to TPS beneficiaries: Form I-512T, Authorization for Travel by a Noncitizen to the United States, and will no longer be using Authorization for Parole of an Alien Into the United States (Form I512L). Read our latest blog to learn how this affects you as a TPS recipient.

USCIS No Longer Sending Work Permit/Advanced Parole Combo Cards?

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Jul 09, 2022 | 0 Comments

It’s no secret that USCIS is woefully behind on working through immigration petitions that have been submitted to it. In another attempt to quicken employment authorization document (EAD) processing times USCIS has announced that it will stop sending out “combo cards” - an EAD card that also gave the benefit of international travel through a process called advanced parole. Read our latest blog to learn more about this announcement.

Returning Back to Normal? Travel Restrictions to U.S. Ease a Bit

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Jun 26, 2022 | 0 Comments

It feels like such a distant memory at this point, but remember just over two years ago when you could travel across borders and not need to show a negative COVID test or proof (or exception) of a COVID vaccine? Well the United States, in conjunction with the CDC (Center for Disease Control), has taken a first step to return the country back to pre-pandemic travel guidelines. Read our latest blog to learn what the new travel rules are.

Registration Process for Temporary Protected Status for Cameroon Opens

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Jun 20, 2022 | 0 Comments

About six weeks ago the Department of Homeland Security designated Cameroon as the latest country to be granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Now the registration process has opened and we encourage all eligible Cameroonians in the U.S. who are without status or are anticipating losing status to apply for TPS. Read our latest blog to learn how to apply for this status.

Employment Authorization Now Available for Special Immigrant Juveniles

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Jun 11, 2022 | 0 Comments

More than 44,000 children in the United States are waiting to receive green cards through the Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) program, but like many other immigrant visa classifications in the U.S., the wait for those with pending SIJS visa applications has been far longer than the government intended. Recognizing this wait, the U.S. just announced a way for SIJS candidates to obtain employment authorization. Read our latest blog to learn more.

USCIS Proposes New Public Charge Rule for Green Card Applicants

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Jun 04, 2022 | 0 Comments

Rules usually represent something that is put in place almost permanently - a standard to go by that is steady and reliable. In the world of agency based immigration law though, rules seem to change almost weekly.  In the case of a proposed rule change announced by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the change is welcome.  If put in place, the proposed rule will change how DHS applies the public charge rule of inadmissibility. Read our latest blog to learn about the potential new rule.

Registration Process Now Open for Temporary Protected Status for Afghans

Posted by Hugo Valverde | May 29, 2022 | 0 Comments

After a two-month wait since it was first announced, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has finally published Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Afghanistan in the Federal Register, meaning that the registration period for TPS is now open for Afghans meeting certain criteria. Read our latest blog to learn about whether TPS is right for you or a loved one.

DACA’s Possible Severance from Employment Authorization

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

DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival) recipients have been through a lot of shifts in the last few years. Roughly 620,000 Dreamers have gone through a yo-yo of high expectations and broken promises with multiple opposing view court rulings in the last five years.  Now another change is poised to likely take place.  Read our latest blog to learn about the government's proposed rule regarding DACA and employment authorization.

Uniting for Ukraine Portal Opens on USCIS Website

Posted by Hugo Valverde | May 01, 2022 | 0 Comments

Do you have Ukrainian family members that you want to bring to the United States? Last week the Biden Administration announced a new process called Uniting for Ukraine, which will allow Americans to be able to sponsor Ukrainians to come to the United States. On April 25, 2022 the portal for it opened up on the USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) website. Read our latest blog to learn how you can help your Ukrainian family members.

Temporary Protected Status Announced for Cameroon

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Apr 23, 2022 | 0 Comments

Just two and a half hours from our office is one of the largest populations of Cameroonians in the United States. Along with California, the Washington D.C. area is home to the majority of the thousands of Cameroonians who live in this country. As the conflict in Cameroon intensifies, the Department of Homeland Security announced Cameroon as the latest country to be designated for Temporary Protected Status. Read our latest blog to learn more about TPS for Cameroon.

U.S. Allows Direct Filing of I-130 Petitions at Consulates for Immediate Relatives of U.S. Citizens Fleeing Afghanistan, Ethiopia, and Ukraine

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Apr 17, 2022 | 0 Comments

If you have immediate relatives who have had to flee Ukraine due to the Russia-Ukraine War, you are not alone in wanting them to be able to emigrate to the United States. There are nearly one million Americans of Ukrainian descent in the U.S., and many have reached out to us about how to enable their relatives to join them here. There is a process that has been announced for immediate relatives - and that is in person Form I-130 filing at a U.S. embassy or consulate. The U.S. has also opened the process to people who have recently fled Ethiopia and Afghanistan. Read our latest blog to learn more about this process.

USCIS to Expand Premium Processing and Establish Internal Goals to Reduce Long Processing Times and Severe Backlogs

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Apr 08, 2022 | 0 Comments

We hear it and we see it every day. Immigrants inside the United States and hopeful immigrants outside of it who have been waiting for years, sometimes decades, to be reunited here.  Currently there is a 15 year backlog on visas just for U.S. citizens to emigrate their siblings to the United States, and that is after the initial USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) case has been approved. Other types of immigration cases vary widely in their processing times and the government is finally recognizing how harmful this backlog is. Read our latest blog to learn the changes USCIS is trying to implement to reduce the backlogs.

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