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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.  

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.

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