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USCIS Draft Guidance Memo on Extreme Hardship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USCIS recently released a Draft Guidance Memo regarding the “extreme hardship” threshold that must be established for Inadmissibility Waivers.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 […]

Pope Francis Sends Strong Message on Immigration During US Visit

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Pope Francis arrived in Washington D.C. last Tuesday September 22 for his first official visit as a pontiff.  The Pope gave a speech at the White House welcoming ceremony and he later addressed the US Congress.  His speeches were loaded with strong messages on the matter of immigration, in relation to both US immigration issues […]

The Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest Program

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Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest, also known as MAVNI, is a U.S. military recruiting program that permits legal non-citizens with high valued skills to join the U.S. Army in exchange for an expedited path to U.S. citizenship.   A non-citizen who joins the U.S. Army through MAVNI is able to move from a non-immigrant […]

The Successful Externalization of the US Border

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A recent report by the Migration Policy Institute (“MPI”) has shed some statistical light on the trends in apprehensions and deportations of Central American migrants from the US and Mexico.  In the summer of 2014, this migration gained significant media attention, particularly due to the amount of unaccompanied minors coming from the Northern Triangle of […]

Temporary Protected Status Designated Country: Yemen

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The Department of Homeland Security announced yesterday that the Republic of Yemen has been designated for Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) for a period of 18 months, beginning September 3, 2015 and running through March 3, 2017.  The Secretary of Homeland Security designated Yemen for TPS due to the ongoing armed conflict within Yemen, such that […]

The Fourth Circuit Allows DHS to Recharge Removability on Same Grounds after Proceedings Terminated Without Prejudice 

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On August 13, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”)’s termination without prejudice of removal proceedings based on respondent’s conviction of an aggravated felony, do not preclude the government from charging respondent with removability again in the future, based on the same conviction. In Calero […]

TPS Extended for Haiti

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Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) has been extended for Haiti for an additional 18 months.  The extension is effective January 23, 2016 through July 22, 2017.  Haiti was initially designated for TPS after a major earthquake that occurred on January 21, 2010.  The Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies have determined that the current […]

Texas Denies Birth Certificates To U.S. Born Children

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Children born in the United States are typically entitled by law to U.S. Citizenship regardless of the immigration status of their parents. However, Texas has complicated the process for undocumented immigrants seeking birth certificates for their U.S. born children. Texas state authorities have made it difficult to use alternative identification for parents who do not […]