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What You Should Know About the New Naturalization Exam

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Nov 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

The path to citizenship in the United States appears to be getting a bit more difficult. On December 1, 2020, an updated civics test will be implemented - meaning those who want to naturalize as citizens will have even more information to study about the U.S. than before. Read our latest blog to learn about the new naturalization exam.

DACA Program Reopening Soon Under a Biden Administration?

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Nov 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

President-Elect Joe Biden has publicly promised that he will immediately reinstate DACA upon his inauguration. We hope so. The last four years have been stressful for Dreamers - the issue of DACA has repeatedly been in courts across the country, and the future of the DACA program has seemed to sit in limbo for months, or even years, at a time. On November 2, Biden tweeted, “Dreamers are Americans - and it’s time we make it official.” We will be waiting in expectation Mr. Biden.

Remembering Our Deported Veterans

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Nov 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

Being located in the Virginia Beach area surrounded by several military installations, many veterans now call our area home. On November 11th our nation celebrates Veterans Day - a day to honor all those who have served in the branches of the United States military. We want to say to all our veterans, “Thank you for your service.” Today we want to shine a light on deported veterans and the struggles they are facing because they are often overlooked. Read our latest blog to find out how to reach out to your senators to tell them you care about these veterans being able to return home to the United States.

Court Rules Child Born Outside the U.S. to Gay Parents is a U.S. Citizen

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Oct 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

A question we often get asked is, if I am a U.S. citizen living abroad married to a foreign-born spouse will our child have U.S. citizenship? A federal court recently answered this question in the affirmative for a same-sex couple. That definition of “child” in the Immigration and Nationality Act has expanded over the years, as new methods of conceiving a child have arisen, challenging the traditional ways our current U.S. citizenship laws have been interpreted.

Federal Judge Temporarily Halts USCIS Fee Increases

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Oct 09, 2020 | 0 Comments

On October 2, 2020 USCIS was set to increase its application fees by an average of 20%. We previously reported in our Fee Increase Blog that the application fee for naturalization (among other applications) was increasing by over 80%, to a cost of $1,100. Well, for now, all of that is halted. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White in California granted a preliminary injunction to the Immigrant Legal Resource Center and other plaintiffs in a case against the federal government, blocking the fee increases across the country pending the outcome of the lawsuit because of the arguments made by eight different non-profit organizations providing services to immigrants.

I Did Not Receive a Stimulus Check Because of My Spouse’s Immigration Status. Will I Ever Receive A Stimulus Check and Will I Get One in the 2nd Round?

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Oct 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

Americans everywhere are unsure when or whether a second round of stimulus checks will be coming out. But as Congress attempts to converge on some sort of compromise for the good of the public, there is still a lot of confusion as to who will be getting more relief if it comes. On June 5, 2020 we reported on a class- action lawsuit filed by MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) on behalf of six plaintiffs who argue that the CARES Act discriminates against mixed-status couples because it treats them differently than other married couples, in violation of the U.S. Constitution's Fifth Amendment guarantees of equal protection and due process. The case is moving forward and we are committed to keeping you informed regarding this issue.

Court Rules Government Can End Temporary Protected Status for 300,000 Immigrants

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Sep 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

In a federal case appearing before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in California on September 14, 2020, a three judge panel ruled 2-1 that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary “possesses full and unreviewable discretion as to whether to consider intervening events in making a TPS determination.” Read our latest blog to learn what this means and how it affects current TPS recipients.

Temporary Protected Status and the Latest Lawsuit

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Sep 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Legal Immigration Network and others are suing the Trump Administration on behalf of Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) and seven TPS holders to block a policy issued in December 2019 by embroiled USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli. The December Policy ended the practice of USCIS allowing TPS recipients with deportation/removal orders a path to lawful permanent residence and eventual citizenship.

New Travel Permit Guidance Issued for DACA Recipients

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Sep 05, 2020 | 0 Comments

A few weeks ago we posted a blog about the Trump Administration defying the Supreme Court's Orders on DACA. In a continued follow up to the July 28, 2020 Memo from Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf regarding the Administration's approach to DACA at this time, USCIS just released Impl...

Court Orders a Temporary Hold on New Public Charge Rule for Green Card Applications During the Pandemic

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Aug 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

In yet another yo-yo twist, recently a federal court issued a rule blocking the new and onerous public charge regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Federal Appeals Courts in two different regions came out with two different orders concerning the same public charge rule. If you feel confused, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Let us help explain what’s going on and how it may affect you.

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