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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 […]

No More “Bridging the Gap” for Students

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On July 20, 2021, USCIS issued a policy alert stating that applicants who are in the process of changing their status to F-1 no longer need to apply to change or extend their nonimmigrant status to “bridge the gap” between the two statuses. Previously, applicants who wanted to change their status to F-1 had to […]

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 […]

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 […]