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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.  

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.

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