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USCIS Updates VAWA Policy to Benefit Victims of Domestic Violence

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Mar 25, 2022 | 0 Comments

Recently the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was reauthorized by Congress until 2027, providing the way for certain immigrant victims of domestic abuse to stay on a path to immigration, without having to involve that abusive family member in the immigration process. Additionally, USCIS released new policy guidance about VAWA. Read our latest blog to learn more about the reauthorization and new policies.

Temporary Protected Status Announced for Afghans

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Mar 17, 2022 | 0 Comments

Legal uncertainty.  That term describes what thousands upon thousands of Afghans have experienced regarding their immigration status since arriving in the United States in August 2021 and the months following. The Biden administration is attempting to bring clarity to some of that uncertainty with the announcement of temporary protected status (TPS) for Afghans. Read our latest blog to learn what this means and if TPS will help you or a loved one.

Temporary Protected Status Announced for Ukrainians

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Mar 04, 2022 | 0 Comments

Like many in the United States you may have been wondering whether the U.S. will open its doors to Ukrainians as war refugees, or in some other capacity. While that has yet to be announced, the Biden Administration did announce yesterday that Ukrainian nationals in the U.S. as of March 1, 2022 will be allowed to stay in the country, under Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Read on to learn more about this special designation and see if you or a loved one is eligible for TPS.

USCIS Extends Employment Authorization Documents Validity for Certain Filing Categories

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Feb 20, 2022 | 0 Comments

The validity length for EAD cards depends on what kind of immigration status a person holds in the United States. For some visa holders, an EAD card only lasts for one year, which means that after about six months of holding it, the renewal process starts again. USCIS has been struggling with an EAD backlog - and now the USCIS is trying to change those statistics with its latest EAD policy alert - which announces that in the interest of “reducing the burden on both the agency and the public,” certain filing categories will be issued initial and renewal EAD cards with up to a  two year validity period.

Do I Need to be Vaccinated Against COVID to Get a Green Card?

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Feb 13, 2022 | 0 Comments

There’s been pretty clear direction about the requirements (or non-requirements) to be vaccinated against COVID-19 if you are a visitor to the United States versus whether you are a citizen or permanent resident, but what if you are somewhere in between? For those who are ready and able to adjust your status or apply for permanent residence (also known as a green card) in the United States, will you be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19? Read on to find out. 

Do I Need to be Vaccinated Against COVID to Enter the U.S. at the Border?

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Feb 06, 2022 | 0 Comments

So much attention has been given to the turmoil airports and airlines have gone through in the last two years, but there are plenty of people wondering about how the pandemic is affecting our land ports of entry and ferry terminals at the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada borders. Read our latest blog to learn whether or not you need to be vaccinated to enter the United states from a land border or ferry terminal.

How Can I Qualify for an Exception to the COVID Vaccination Requirement to Fly to the U.S.?

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Jan 29, 2022 | 0 Comments

Many people who elect not to get vaccinated against COVID for various personal reasons have asked us, how can I travel to the U.S. if I do not want to be vaccinated?  With so many countries having so many different standards for entering their nation, we want to give you a clear understanding of the requirements to enter the U.S. right now. Read our latest blog to learn about vaccinations and exceptions for air travel to the U.S.

Are Proxy Marriages Valid for Immigration to the U.S.?

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Jan 22, 2022 | 0 Comments

COVID related travel restrictions have caused many couples to postpone wedding plans. For couples separated by international borders, many lately are wondering whether proxy marriages are valid for obtaining an immigrant visa. Read our latest blog to learn what a proxy marriage is and whether it might be the right option for you.

USCIS Issuing Expedited EADs for Healthcare Workers

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Jan 06, 2022 | 0 Comments

Recent USCIS guidance issued in December states that healthcare workers who have a pending EAD renewal application, and whose employment authorization will expire within 30 days or has already expired, can now request expedited processing of their EAD renewals.  Read our latest blog to learn how you or your healthcare worker loved one can expedite their EAD renewal.

In Last Ditch Effort Senators Consider Overruling Parliamentarian in Bid to Enact Immigration Policy

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Dec 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

100 people sit in the United States Senate, yet two of them hold the actual power for the latest bill that could provide a path to citizenship for thousands of undocumented immigrants in the United States.  The Senate Parliamentarian is the one with all the power right now, and some senators are thinking of overruling her decision. Read our latest blog to learn about this situation.

Build Back Better Act Set to Help Families Subject to Visa Backlogs Green Card Recapture

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Dec 06, 2021 | 0 Comments

Due to extreme visa backlogs, thousands of families have to wait up to twenty years or more for the promise of permanency in the United States. The Biden Administration and Congress is trying to change that, but the Build Back Better Act faces an uphill battle in the Senate. Read our latest blog to learn more about how we hope the green card backlog will be eased.

Settlement of USCIS Lawsuit Gives Major Win to H, L and E Visa Spouses for Work Permits

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Nov 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

There are many things to be grateful for this Thanksgiving week, but we want to highlight a class-action lawsuit, Shergill, et al. v. Mayorkas, that the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has been fighting on behalf of nonimmigrant spouses here on H, L, or E visas, which just settled. Read our latest blog to learn about the outcome of this settlement.

Class Action Lawsuit Filed for Extreme USCIS Processing Delays of Work Permit Applications

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Nov 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

Although the United States is known as the land of opportunity, the opportunity to work if you’re not a citizen or legal permanent resident has been significantly curbed lately. In what was previously known as a process that took about three months, the average wait time to receive an employment authorization card is now often taking longer than a year. Read our latest blog to learn about a new lawsuit challenging USCIS and DHS on the extreme delay of EAD cards.

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.

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