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Biden Administration Considers Immigration Relief for Spouses of U.S. Citizens

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | May 14, 2024 | 0 Comments

There are less than six months between now and the next U.S. presidential election. In the time remaining, the candidates need to set themselves apart from each other, and show the American people why they should be voted for on November 5. With limited months until the election, the Biden White House has let it be known that the Administration is considering putting in place a key policy that would give over 1 million families reason to celebrate - immigration relief for undocumented spouses of U.S. citizens. Read our latest blog to learn more.

USCIS Increases Automatic Extensions of EADs for Certain Work Permits

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | May 06, 2024 | 0 Comments

Good news from the government may be rare, but the latest from USCIS is actually great news.  April’s Temporary Final Rule announced by USCIS is extending Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) for eligible noncitizens from 180 days to 540 days. Read our latest blog to see if you are eligible for the automatic extension.

USCIS Makes it Easier for New Citizens to Receive Updated Social Security Cards

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | Apr 28, 2024 | 0 Comments

Spring. The season of new life and….new government forms? USCIS has made a new version of the application for naturalization document, Form N-400. Based on an agreement made between the Social Security Administration and USCIS, the new form includes the option for applicants to ‘request an original or replacement social security number or card and update their immigration status without having to visit a Social Security office. Read our latest blog to see how you can receive an updated social security card.

ACLU Files Lawsuit Against Roanoke, Virginia, Police Department for Refusal to Issue U Visa Certification

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | Apr 18, 2024 | 0 Comments

9.2 out of 1000. That’s the number of the approximately 1.1 million immigrants in Virginia who suffer harm from a crime, some of which are qualifying situations for a U visa. But in order to even apply for a U visa, an applicant has to have their case certified by a government agency. In March of this year the ACLU of Virginia made history by filing a lawsuit against the Roanoke Police Department for refusing to sign a U visa certification. Read our latest blog to understand how this lawsuit may affect our area.

The Need for Speed: USCIS Updates Policy Guidance Clarifying Expedite Requests

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | Apr 14, 2024 | 0 Comments

16.5 months.  That’s how long USCIS estimates a travel document filing will take to process.  We’ve talked before about the extreme backlog that USCIS faces in processing filings, and a travel document is just one example of the excessive lengths of time that many petitions are taking right now.    Now USCIS is clarifying the circumstances for when an expedite can be requested. Read our latest blog to learn if your immigration petition is eligible.

Canada Quietly Tries to Reduce Asylum Applications from Mexican Nationals

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | Apr 14, 2024 | 0 Comments

In the world of western nations, Canada has a pretty good reputation.  It’s known as a diverse country that welcomes immigrants. But that welcoming nature has its limits. In a March 21 announcement, Canada’s minister of immigration said that Canada, for the first time in its history, will put a cap on how many temporary residents it has. Read our latest blog to learn who this new policy will affect.

Lawsuit Watch: Supreme Court Temporarily Blocks, and then Allows, Texas State Immigration Law at Odds with Federal Law

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | Apr 07, 2024 | 0 Comments

The state of Texas passed a law in December 2023 called SB4 that the Biden Administration is trying to block. SB4 would allow Texas law enforcement officials to stop, jail, and prosecute migrants on state criminal charges of illegal entry or reentry. Read our latest blog to learn the latest about this lawsuit.

The Unexpected Results of the College Athlete Employment Fight for F-1 Student Visa Holders

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | Apr 01, 2024 | 0 Comments

College athletes in the United States often end up becoming their own kind of celebrities - with their image and likeness being publicized all over national television, advertisements for the universities they play for, officially licensed jerseys with their names, and even inclusion in video games! Now it looks like many college athletes are moving towards being classified as unionized employees to benefit from these deals. Read our latest blog to learn how this is affecting international student athletes.

“Extraordinary Circumstances” - Understanding USCIS’s Latest Policy Announcement Regarding Certain Late Filings

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | Mar 11, 2024 | 0 Comments

USCIS realizes that some things are out of your control, and so a new policy alert from USCIS helps nonimmigrants who have been prevented from filing for an extension of stay or a change of status “if the delay was due to extraordinary circumstances beyond the control of the applicant or petitioner.” Read our latest blog to learn if you meet the conditions for extraordinary circumstances in late filing.

18-month Deferred Enforced Departure Announced for Certain Palestinians

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | Mar 11, 2024 | 0 Comments

It’s hard to fathom all the political unrest in the world today, but the Biden Administration is trying to prevent the situation from getting worse for those facing difficult issues in their home country.  Amid the conflict going on in Israel and Palestine, the White House has announced deferred enforced departure (DED) for certain Palestinians worried about being removed from the United States. Read our latest blog to learn more about this very specified status.

USCIS is Launching New Organizational Accounts for H1-B Registrations

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | Feb 27, 2024 | 0 Comments

Do you remember group projects in high school?  Well USCIS does, and the agency is bringing them into the immigration sector.  On February 28, 2024, USCIS is launching organizational accounts, which will allow “multiple individuals within an organization, such as a company or other business entity, and their legal representatives to collaborate on and prepare H-1B registrations.”  Read our latest blog to learn more about this new process.

Marriage Based Green Cards Legal Case Gives More Power to Immigration Judges

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | Feb 19, 2024 | 0 Comments

Did you know that when someone receives permanent residence because of marriage, their status often has conditions attached? For people who have been married less than two years, a marriage based green card is conditional, and only lasts for two years. In a new order handed down by the Board of Immigration Appeals, the government gave an important holding that will impact many marriage-based green card holders. Read our latest blog to find out if this decision impacts you!

USCIS Fees will be Increased Starting April 1

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | Feb 12, 2024 | 0 Comments

It’s hard to believe 2016 was eight years ago.  There’s a lot that has happened since - we’ve had three U.S. presidents, experienced the pandemic, exited the U.S.’s longest running war, and had Twitter converted to X… Something that hasn’t happened in those eight years? A general USCIS fee increase.  This week the Biden administration announced that after a legally required comprehensive fee review, a fee increase across USCIS forms will take place beginning April 1, 2024. 

The U.S. Allotment of Employment-Based Green Cards is Not Being Used Accurately

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | Jan 28, 2024 | 0 Comments

A new study from the Cato Institute states a pretty shocking statistic - only 45% of  employment based green cards in 2022 went to employees. How is that possible? How could a federal agency so closely watched by the federal government be processing cases so differently from what immigration law sets forth? Read our latest blog to learn about the way that the employment based green card allotment is affecting the backlog of applicants, and how different its processing is from what Congress likely intended.

The Green Card Backlog for Special Immigrant Juveniles has Doubled

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | Jan 28, 2024 | 0 Comments

What if your whole life felt like it was on hold because of a piece of paper? For 107,000 youth who have received Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), that is the reality they are walking in. While the humanitarian status is a wonderful program, the multi-year backlog for SIJS recipients to obtain permanent residency has made it feel like the American dream is just out of reach. Read our latest blog to learn more about the SIJS program and what solutions there are to fixing it.

USCIS Announces Increase of Premium Processing Fees

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | Jan 10, 2024 | 0 Comments

Inflation.  Oxford Languages defines it as the “general increase in prices and fall in the purchasing value of money,” and we know that as soon as you read those words, you can already think of items in your everyday life that are suddenly costing way too much.  Milk, gas, houses…the list goes on.  Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, USCIS can’t escape inflation either. Read our latest blog to learn what fees are being increased at USCIS in the coming month.

Bipartisan Policy Center Releases Study Regarding Green Card Backlog

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | Dec 22, 2023 | 0 Comments

Money talks, as the saying goes. And the money involved in this discussion is a reported $3.9 trillion. You read that right, TRILLION. A new study from the Bipartisan Policy Center estimates that is how much the U.S. is losing because of its green card backlog. Read our latest blog to learn more.

Filing Location Change for Premium Processing of Employment Based Petitions

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | Dec 13, 2023 | 0 Comments

After years of filing employment based (EB) petitions one way, USCIS has announced its newest modern rollout - transitioning its filing location for premium processing of EB petitions from USCIS service centers to a USCIS lockbox. Read our latest blog to ensure your documents get filed in the correct location.

Family Reunification Parole Process for Ecuadorians is Established

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | Dec 04, 2023 | 0 Comments

The Biden Administration has announced a new Family Reunification Parole Process for Ecuador, which would enable certain people with approved family based petitions to wait in the United States for an immigrant visa instead of outside the country. Read our latest blog to learn more!

Board of Immigration Appeals Limits Cuban Eligibility for Benefits Under the Cuban Adjustment Act

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | Nov 29, 2023 | 0 Comments

It is very confusing when the government treats the same population of people differently from one another.  Yet it’s happened in several instances with immigrants to the United States, and it’s the cause of widespread confusion in the Cuban-American community right now.  Almost three million people belonging to the Cuban diaspora live in the United States, and a large amount of them have been beneficiaries of the Cuban Adjustment Act. Now, a new ruling from the Board of Immigration Appeals is causing frustration. Read our latest blog to learn more.

USCIS Sets New Automatic Extension Period for Certain EAD Renewal Applicants

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | Nov 15, 2023 | 0 Comments

How do I know if I am eligible for an automatic extension of my EAD? On October 26, 2023, the temporary rule that was put in place to extend work authorization for many renewal applicants ended. Beginning on October 27, 2023, USCIS implemented its new policy for automatic extensions of EADs. Read our latest blog to learn if your EAD qualifies for automatic extension.

USCIS Makes Updates to Protect Children From Aging Out of Family Petitions

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | Nov 01, 2023 | 0 Comments

Have you ever heard of the Child Status Protection Act? The Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) was created by Congress in 2002 to essentially ‘freeze’ a child’s age to the time of an immigration petition being filed so that children’s ability to immigrate with their parents would be protected. This year USCIS updated its guidance as to when an immigrant visa becomes available for the purpose of calculating an applicant’s CSPA age. Read our latest blog to learn about this change.

Biden Administration to Expedite Work Permit Applications

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | Oct 30, 2023 | 0 Comments

Starting in October, USCIS announced it will expedite employment authorization (EAD) applications for parolees who scheduled an appointment through the CBP One app to gain legal entrance to the United States. For those applications USCIS has stated its goal is to decrease the processing time from 90 days to 30 days.  Read our latest blog to learn if your application will be affected by this announcement.

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