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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.  

USCIS Eliminates Unnecessary Paperwork in Applications for Change of Status to F-1 Student Visas

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Aug 01, 2021 | 0 Comments

For someone having entered the U.S on a visa, for example a B-2 visitor visa, changing to an F-1 student visa presented a very tricky logistical bureaucratic nightmare that often led to disastrous results. That’s why we’re very happy about USCIS’s latest policy decision - which eliminates the need for an extension application while waiting for an F-1 change of status decision. Read our latest blog to learn what this means for you.

Federal Judge Finds DACA Unlawful Leaving New DACA Applicants in Limbo

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Jul 26, 2021 | 0 Comments

A federal judge in Texas recently blocked the Biden Administration from approving new DACA applications, leaving the 55,550 applicants who are waiting for approval in limbo. U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen found that DACA is unlawful because it should have been subjected to formal notice-and-comment under the Administrative Procedure Act and because it exceeded powers Congress granted to executive branch agencies. Read our latest blog to learn what this means for current DACA recipients and applicants.

Bringing Our Veterans Home: Biden Administration Announces Decision to Halt Deportations of Veterans, and Aid Deported Veterans in Returning to U.S.

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Jul 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

The Biden Administration is taking a celebrated step this week to address this issue- it has announced a plan to track down deported veterans and their families as part of an effort to provide them with a path to U.S. citizenship and Veterans Affairs benefits. Read our latest blog to learn more about this, and how to access immigration help for a deported veteran.

Temporary Protected Status for Haitians

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

Up to 150,000 Haitians living in the United States may now be able to benefit from the government’s newest temporary protected status (TPS) designation, an 18-month classification designed for those already living in the U.S. as of May 21, 2021.  Read our latest blog to learn what this means and how you can benefit from TPS.

Biden Reverses Trump’s Health Insurance Requirement for Immigrant Visas

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

On October 4, 2019, [former] President Trump announced a proclamation that limited the number of immigrants entering the U.S. by requiring those who enter the country to have health insurance, or enough money to pay for a health insurance plan, in the United States. On May 14, 2021, President Biden reversed Trump’s proclamation, mirroring several other immigration reversals Biden has implemented since entering office. Read our latest blog to learn about the effect of Biden's latest immigration proclamation.

Pending Supreme Court Case Will Affect 400,000 TPS Holders in the U.S.

Posted by Hugo Valverde | May 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

Does the United States government giving someone Temporary Protected Status to be in the country qualify as statutory “admission” into the U.S. so they can become lawful permanent residents? That’s the question that the Supreme Court must decide on now since hearing argument in the case of Sanchez v. Mayorkas on April 19, 2021.  Read our latest blog to learn more about this pending case.

Supreme Court Takes a Conservative Approach to Rule in Favor of Undocumented Immigrant Fighting Deportation

Posted by Hugo Valverde | May 08, 2021 | 0 Comments

In the case of Niz-Chavez v. Barr, we wondered whether the conservative justices on the Supreme Court would stay true to their principles of statutory interpretation even though it would result in what some would consider a “liberal” outcome.  On Thursday, April 29, 2021, the Supreme Court confirmed that it would. Read our latest blog to learn about what this ruling means for Notices to Appear.

Are U.S. Embassies Scheduling Visa Interviews?

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Apr 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

Our clients and many others have been waiting for a visa interview for more than a year after the embassy cancelled and suspended visa interviews due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Recently, the U.S. Department of State, the federal agency in charge of all U.S. embassies, issued some updates on visa interviews. Read our latest blog to learn about these updates.

Using the Reentry Permit to Avoid Admission Issues for Lawful Permanent Residents During the COVID Pandemic

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Apr 23, 2021 | 0 Comments

During the last year + of the pandemic many stories came up of LPRs who got stuck outside of the United States because of grounded flights or a lack of access to COVID tests. Any form of international travel right now still holds with it a chance of getting stuck in another nation, which can affect permanent residence status. Read our latest blog to learn about Form I-131 - Application for Travel Document - and why we recommend applying for one before you travel right now.

Check Out Newly Naturalized U.S. Citizen and Pro Skateboarder Leticia Bufoni at this Summer’s Olympics

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Apr 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

Pro skateboarder Leticia Bufoni recently took the oath to become a U.S. citizen and will be competing in this summer’s olympics. Bufoni will make double history this summer - not only will she compete at the Olympics, she will be among the first pro skateboarders to be an Olympian. Read our latest blog to learn about Bufoni and how dual citizens choose to represent a country at the Olympics!

Aliens Not from Outer Space? USCIS is Removing the Term “Alien” from the Immigration Policy Manual

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Apr 09, 2021 | 0 Comments

As a society we have updated our language many times as modern understanding progresses.  Many words that were previously used to describe groups of people are now considered offensive, and it is important for governments to be aware of that in documents, publications, and public speech.  That is the viewpoint that the Biden administration is promoting in its recent decision to remove the term “alien” from the USCIS policy manual, in an effort to use more humanizing language. Read our latest blog about what this change is affecting.

TPS Venezolano: Preguntas frequentes

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Apr 02, 2021 | 0 Comments

Puede bajar el documento aqui: Yo soy Venezolano (a). Califico para el TPS? En términos generales, para calificar para TPS debe: Ser nacional de Venezuela (o no ciudadano sin nacionalidad que reside habitualmente en Venezuela por última vez); Haber residido continuamente en los Esta...

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