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Are U.S. Embassies Scheduling Visa Interviews?

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Apr 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

Our clients and many others have been waiting for a visa interview for more than a year after the embassy cancelled and suspended visa interviews due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Recently, the U.S. Department of State, the federal agency in charge of all U.S. embassies, issued some updates on visa interviews. Read our latest blog to learn about these updates.

Using the Reentry Permit to Avoid Admission Issues for Lawful Permanent Residents During the COVID Pandemic

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Apr 23, 2021 | 0 Comments

During the last year + of the pandemic many stories came up of LPRs who got stuck outside of the United States because of grounded flights or a lack of access to COVID tests. Any form of international travel right now still holds with it a chance of getting stuck in another nation, which can affect permanent residence status. Read our latest blog to learn about Form I-131 - Application for Travel Document - and why we recommend applying for one before you travel right now.

Check Out Newly Naturalized U.S. Citizen and Pro Skateboarder Leticia Bufoni at this Summer’s Olympics

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Apr 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

Pro skateboarder Leticia Bufoni recently took the oath to become a U.S. citizen and will be competing in this summer’s olympics. Bufoni will make double history this summer - not only will she compete at the Olympics, she will be among the first pro skateboarders to be an Olympian. Read our latest blog to learn about Bufoni and how dual citizens choose to represent a country at the Olympics!

Aliens Not from Outer Space? USCIS is Removing the Term “Alien” from the Immigration Policy Manual

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Apr 09, 2021 | 0 Comments

As a society we have updated our language many times as modern understanding progresses.  Many words that were previously used to describe groups of people are now considered offensive, and it is important for governments to be aware of that in documents, publications, and public speech.  That is the viewpoint that the Biden administration is promoting in its recent decision to remove the term “alien” from the USCIS policy manual, in an effort to use more humanizing language. Read our latest blog about what this change is affecting.

TPS Venezolano: Preguntas frequentes

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Apr 02, 2021 | 2 Comments

Puede bajar el documento aqui: Yo soy Venezolano (a). Califico para el TPS? En términos generales, para calificar para TPS debe: Ser nacional de Venezuela (o no ciudadano sin nacionalidad que reside habitualmente en Venezuela por última vez); Haber residido continuamente en los Esta...

USCIS Ends Public Charge Rule

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Apr 02, 2021 | 0 Comments

In one of its most recent decisions, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) stopped applying the Public Charge Final Rule to all pending applications and petitions, beginning March 9, 2021.  Read our latest blog to learn about this decision's impact.

How Can I Request USCIS Expedite My Application?

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Mar 26, 2021 | 0 Comments

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, government processing times were already reaching all-time highs. The pandemic has worsened government delays. With these delays our clients often ask, is there any way to speed up the process? Read our latest blog to find out if you qualify for an expedited application process!

Temporary Protected Status for Venezuelans

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Mar 19, 2021 | 0 Comments

Venezuelans living in the United States have a big reason to celebrate - after years of discussions, rumors and speculation, they have been granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS). USCIS is accepting TPS applications under this program now. Read our latest blog to learn what this means for Venezuelans and how to apply for TPS.

Supreme Court’s New Ruling Shifts the Burden of Proof Making It More Difficult for Individuals Fighting Deportation

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Mar 12, 2021 | 0 Comments

We are used to hearing “innocent until proven guilty” suggesting that the government has the burden of proving a defendant’s guilt. This is in the criminal context. However, this is not always the case in deportation proceedings which are considered civil proceedings. At least, that’s what the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) communicated this last week when it decided in Pereida v. Wilkinson that an undocumented immigrant has the burden to prove that a criminal conviction does not make him ineligible to have his deportation canceled. Read our latest blog to learn about the ruling and its impact.

The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021: What is in it and would you benefit from it?

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Feb 25, 2021 | 0 Comments

The proposed new U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 was recently introduced by Representative Linda Sánchez (D - CA) and Senator Bob Melendez (D - NJ) as bicameral legislation - meaning it was simultaneously introduced in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Such sweeping immigration reform hasn’t been passed for decades - and a path to citizenship for undocumented individuals has not been voted into law since President Reagan’s amnesty act in 1986. Read our latest blog to learn about what this new Act will do if passed.

Biden’s Latest Immigration Executive Orders Emphasize Welcoming Immigrants and Refugees

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Feb 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

In President Biden’s three weeks in office so far, he has signed 30 executive orders, on topics ranging from climate change, gender discrimination, health, and incarceration. A few weeks ago we wrote about the six immigration executive orders that Biden signed on his first day in office, and today we want to update you on four new executive orders that will have a substantial impact on immigration in the months to come.

DACA Eligible Individuals Would Receive Lawful Permanent Residence Under Dream Act Reintroduced in Senate

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Feb 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

Can you believe that 2001 was 20 years ago?? Few are aware that the DREAM Act has been around for that long. The first iteration of the proposed DREAM Act was introduced in the House in April of 2001. Since then at least 10 versions of the DREAM Act have been introduced in Congress, but none have become law. Read our latest blog to learn about the new bipartisan DREAM Act of 2021 that was introduced on February 4, 2021.

Deferred Enforced Departure for Venezuelans and Possibly More

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Feb 04, 2021 | 0 Comments

On Trump’s last day in office he published a Memoranda, deferring the removal of any Venezuelan in the United States, while also re-stating the U.S.’s recognition of Juan Guaidó as the interim president of Venezuela. This designation also allows Venezuelan nationals who have continuously resided in the U.S. since January 20, 2021 to apply for employment authorization. A few days later, on January 25, 2021, a bi-partisan group of Senators introduced legislation to give Venezuelans Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which would replace Trump’s Executive Order. Read our latest blog to learn more about the new designation and proposed legislation.

President Biden’s Ambitious Immigration Plans

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Jan 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

President Biden has hit the ground running with regard to immigration policy. On his first day in office, newly-inaugurated President Joe Biden signed multiple executive orders on issues he felt of paramount importance to protect. Out of the 17 orders he signed on January 20, 2021, six of them had to do with immigration. Read our latest blog for our explanation of each of the orders that were signed and their impact on immigration.

Why You’re Still Experiencing Biometric Appointment Delays

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Jan 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

USCIS offices all over the country are struggling with the backlog that was created by nearly four months of the agency closure. Biometrics appointments are usually held at application support centers (ASCs), which are located all over the country. Between March and June nearly 300,000 ASC appointments were canceled, and today there are 1.3 million people who are waiting for their biometric appointments. Even now, approximately six months after re-opening its centers, ASC operations are only functioning at 65% of their pre-COVID levels. Read our latest blog to see our answers to some common questions about the wait in biometrics appointments.

TPS Extended for Six Countries Through October 4, 2021

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Dec 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

Christmas has come early for TPS holders from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, Honduras, and Nepal. The TPS designations of El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, Honduras, and Nepal were set to expire on January 4, 2021. Instead, TPS for those designations is now extended through October 4, 2021. Read our latest blog to learn what this means for TPS holders from those countries.

Future of DACA Still Uncertain

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

What if your immigration status was dependent on a justice system that made inconsistent decisions every couple months? For many in our country, that is the case. Even though the government began to accept new DACA applications due to a recent court order, the future of DACA at this point in time remains uncertain and largely in the hands of the courts. Read our latest blog to learn more about this situation.

Federal Court Blocks the Trump Administration’s Latest Efforts to Restrict H1-B Visa Program

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

In early October the Department of Labor and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued two new rules regarding H1-B visas, both of which were issued without the public notice and comment typically required when new rules like that are put in place. That effort will now be blocked, as U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White informed the government it was mistaken and misleading in its attempts to issue these rules without following the proper procedure. Read our latest blog to learn more about this ruling regarding H1-B Visas.

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.

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