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United States Announces ESTA Ineligibility for Recent Visitors to Cuba

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | Aug 18, 2023 | 0 Comments

Are you dreaming of cigars on the beach in Old Havana and vintage cars?  If you are from a Visa Waiver Program country and planning to visit the United States soon you may want to think again. The relationship between Cuba and the United States is one fraught with uncertainty - tension that seems to come out publicly only in changing policy announcements.  Now, the United States has announced a new policy involving Cuba and travelers wishing to come to the U.S. after having recently visited there.  Read our latest blog to find out if this new policy affects you.

USCIS Takes Another Step into the 21st Century for Biometrics Appointments

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

Today there are websites and apps for almost everything. USCIS recognizes the importance of technology in everyday lives, and while there is still no USCIS app, the federal agency is utilizing its website to provide an updated method for rescheduling biometric services appointments. 

Biden Administrations Begins Family Reunification for Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | Jul 21, 2023 | 0 Comments

It’s the dream of many people who have immigrated to the United States — to be able to bring their family members here. But for so many that dream takes decades and decades to become a reality.  In May the Biden Administration announced a new initiative to reunite families from four different Latin American countries -Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras - and now the family reunification program has opened. Read our latest blog to learn how the process is initiated for family reunification.

Biden Administrations Utilizes Mobile App for Asylum Seekers

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | Jul 19, 2023 | 0 Comments

It’s been called “the main gateway to the American asylum system.” The Biden Administration is now utilizing a mobile app, called CBP One, for asylum seekers at the Mexican border to schedule appointments to present themselves at U.S. ports of entry and request asylum. Read our latest blog to learn more about this 21st century immigration tool.

USCIS Makes Changes to Affirmative Asylum Filing

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

It’s always important to double check the USCIS website before something is filed, even if it is a very familiar filing.  After years of affirmative asylum petitions being filed at a service center, USCIS has announced filing location changes based on jurisdiction. Read our latest blog to find out how this affects your filing.

USCIS Suspends Biometrics Appointments for Certain I-539 Applicants

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | Jul 09, 2023 | 0 Comments

Fingerprint usage in 2023 is fairly common - unlocking iphones, background checks, even Disneyworld is now using fingerprint technology for people to access its parks!  Since fingerprints have become such an easy and unique recognition tool, USCIS’ latest announcement about them may feel surprising - it has suspended biometrics (fingerprint) appointments for certain I-539 applicants.  Read our latest blog to learn whether this affects you.

El Salvador, Honduras, Nepal, and Nicaragua: Important News for TPS Recipients (Department of Homeland Security Rescinds Trump Administration’s Termination of Temporary Protected Status for Certain Countries)

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

This last week DHS announced a change regarding TPS (Temporary Protected Status) recipients of El Salvador, Honduras, Nepal, and Nicaragua - an announcement that simultaneously brought relief and frustration. Read our latest blog to find out how this announcement may affect you.

Biden Administration Seeks to Expand Healthcare Coverage for DACA Recipients

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | Jun 19, 2023 | 0 Comments

An estimated 34% of DACA recipients do not have access to health insurance coverage. The Biden Administration is attempting to change that number with a new proposed rule to amend the definition of ‘lawful presence’ so that DACA recipients will be able to apply for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, where they may qualify for financial assistance based on income, and through their state Medicaid agency. Read our latest blog to learn more about this proposed new rule.

New Process Allows Special Immigrant Juveniles to File Form I-360 in Person Before Their 21st Birthday

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | Jun 11, 2023 | 0 Comments

There are lots of rules when it comes to filing immigration petitions with USCIS, and almost always that means following directions about filing online or by mail. But a new USCIS announcement enables a certain group of petitioners to file USCIS petitions in person at a local USCIS field office [with an appointment]. Read our latest blog to learn about the new Special Immigrant Juvenile Status process USCIS has announced about in-person filings.

U.S. to Open New Migrant Centers in Colombia and Guatemala with Plans for Additional Countries in Latin America

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | Jun 11, 2023 | 0 Comments

In another effort to reduce the amount of arrivals at the southern border, the U.S. has announced plans to open new migrant centers in Colombia and Guatemala, with plans to open the same type of centers in additional Latin American countries. Read our latest blog to learn about these new centers.

Almost Like Playing the Lottery: Changes Announced for Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba, & Haitian Parole

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | May 31, 2023 | 0 Comments

USCIS announced a new review process for the family parole process it started recently for certain nationals of Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. Because of its backlog history, USCIS has been searching for new and innovative ways to process cases in a timely manner, and its latest way is essentially a lottery. Read our latest blog to learn about this new process.

Biden Administration Announces New Family Reunification Parole Process for Family Members in Haiti, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | May 25, 2023 | 0 Comments

With Mother’s Day having just taken place, and Father’s Day right around the corner, it’s only fitting that we talk about one of the hardest parts about immigration - family separation.  In an effort to combat a portion of family separation, USCIS has recently announced a new initiative that would enable certain family members of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents who have an approved family-based petition (Form I-130) to wait for an immigrant visa in the United States on a temporary parole status. Read our latest blog to learn more about this new process available to nationals of Honduras, El Salvador, Haiti, Colombia, Guatemala, and Cuba. 

USCIS Removes 60-Day Signature Rule for Civil Surgeon Medical Exams

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

Raise your hand if you like deadlines. Just kidding, we don’t either. But we all know the government does. But in a policy change that surprised us, USCIS recently announced that it is removing the requirement that civil surgeons sign Form I-693, Report of Immigration Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, no more than 60 days before filing a green card application. Read our latest blog to learn how this may affect your petition.

USCIS Opens New Service Center for Backlogged Cases

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | May 08, 2023 | 0 Comments

It’s no secret that USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) is notoriously behind on processing thousands of immigration applications.  Recognizing it needs to do more, USCIS has opened a first of its kind processing center - the HART Service Center - called such for the types of petitions it will process, Humanitarian, Adjustments, Removing Conditions, and Travel Documents. Read our latest blog to see if this latest service center will affect your case.

New Travel Policy for Beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | Apr 24, 2023 | 0 Comments

Over 400,000 people currently possess TPS (Temporary Protected Status) in the United States - a status that allows certain nationals of 16 specified countries to live and work legally in the United States for the time allotted by their nation’s TPS designation. Typically those on TPS do not usually travel, but USCIS has issued a new travel authorization document for TPS beneficiaries with a very important affect on future immigration petitions. Read our latest blog to learn more.

Premium Processing Option Announced for F-1 Students’ Work Permits

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | Apr 02, 2023 | 0 Comments

Science. Technology. Engineering. Mathematics. All the top 10 in-demand jobs in the United States are STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) jobs, and the U.S. has provided an easier path for international students in those fields to pursue temporary occupations in the United States.  Read our latest blog to learn about the new expedited processing that USCIS has put in place for certain F-1 students.

Does the Biden Administration Really Want to Ban Asylum?

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | Mar 21, 2023 | 0 Comments

2016 - 2020 was a rough time for immigration.  During the Trump Administration many immigration laws were threatened, but immigration reform advocates were very hopeful when President Biden was elected, expecting Biden to follow through on his political stance and promises to protect DACA, limit deportation, and provide a pathway to citizenship for the undocumented population.  Instead, the Biden Administration has made a shocking announcement about asylum that almost no one saw coming.

USCIS Starts Issuing Redesigned Green Cards and Work Permits

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | Mar 12, 2023 | 0 Comments

Have you ever noticed that your green card looks different from your family members’ green cards who received them in different years? It’s not commonly known, but USCIS actually redesigns green cards and work permit cards every three to five years.  USCIS recently announced its latest redesign to its green cards and EAD cards - read our latest blog to learn about the validity of your current green card and EAD card.

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against USCIS for Extreme Processing Delays of I-601A Waivers

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | Mar 06, 2023 | 0 Comments

Another day, another lawsuit filed against USCIS. A group of immigrants in Seattle have filed a federal class action lawsuit against USCIS for the multi-year backlog of their immigration cases. The lawsuit hopes to hold the Biden Administration accountable for the extreme delay in processing I-601A waivers, which has prevented the plaintiffs from becoming lawful permanent residents. Read our latest blog to learn more about this development.

USCIS Announces Green Card Extension for Certain Conditional Permanent Residents

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | Feb 27, 2023 | 0 Comments

The big question on our minds today: Will USCIS ever catch up to the backlog of petitions it has? While delays in processing aren't helpful for applicants, USCIS recently announced that if you have a conditional green card and have filed Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, or Form I-829, Petition by Investor to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status, your green card will be automatically extended for 48 months past its current expiration date. Read our latest blog to learn how this impacts your USCIS application.

Deferred Action Status for Victims Found in Labor Enforcement Investigations

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | Feb 20, 2023 | 0 Comments

Do you remember last month, when a terrible shooting occurred at a farm in Half Moon Bay, California? The shooting took place at a farm where most, if not all, of the workers were immigrants, and many of them were undocumented. With a renewed focus on just how inadequate the environments of undocumented workers can be, and what an unfair advantage employers have over them, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced an updated and enhanced process for workers to request deferred action for themselves and investigations into their employers. Read our latest blog to learn more about this DHS announcement.

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