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DACA final rule takes effect this month

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On Halloween this year, the Biden administration’s final regulation on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) went into effect. The final version of this rule closely reflects the original executive order enacted in 2012 during the Obama Administration. So, what is deferred action? Deferred action is a longstanding immigration practice that is granted by the […]

Rollback of “public charge” immigration penalty

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On September 8, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule on how DHS will enforce the public charge ground of inadmissibility. This rule clarifies what it means to be a “public charge”, and furthermore no longer punishes immigrants who choose to access government services. This move by the Biden Administration rolls […]

USCIS New Partnership, New Future

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Earlier this week USCIS had announced that applicants filing for lawful permanent resident status (LPR) are also able to apply for a Social Security number (SSN) or replacement card as part of their adjustment of status application process. How the system worked previously, were these individuals had to apply for a Social Security number at […]

Proposed New Pathways to Citizenship and Proposed Immigration Changes

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The Biden administration has proposed HR 117, the US Citizenship Act, which addresses key components and introduce new provisions to existing immigration law. The proposed statute additionally signify a substantial turn from current border and immigration administrative practices, taking a more aimed approach to immigration reform than its previous administration. Particularly, the US Citizenship Act […]

Prosecutorial Discretion or its informal name “How to get the Government to Drop its Immigration Case Against You”

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Prosecutorial discretion allows the government to choose whether or not to take enforcement action against a person. In the immigration context, US government attorneys have discretion when to terminate removal proceedings against an immigrant. In May 2021, USCIS issued a memorandum which encouraged US government attorneys to use prosecutorial discretion to expedite cases and move […]

New Work Permit Rules

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On September 11, 2020 the US District Court for Maryland in Casa de Maryland v. Chad Wolf,  issued an injunction against the Trump administration’s limitation on work permits for asylum seekers. Under the court order, members of Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) or Casa de Maryland are given certain benefits. These benefits are: 1) ability […]

USCIS Draft Guidance Memo on Extreme Hardship

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USCIS recently released a Draft Guidance Memo regarding the “extreme hardship” threshold that must be established for Inadmissibility Waivers.  The guidance is now in its comments period which ends on November 23, 2015.  At that time USCIS will review the public comments and formally finalize the policy memo.  The finalized policy memo will be released […]

Explanation of the New Visa Bulletin Format

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The Visa Bulletin indicates when statutorily limited visas are available to prospective immigrants based on their individual priority date, which is generally the date when the applicant’s relative or employer properly filed the immigrant visa petition on the applicant’s behalf with USCIS.  Availability of an immigrant visa means eligible applicants are able to take one […]