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September 17 Marks Citizenship and Constitution Day and USCIS Celebrates By Welcoming 19,000 New Citizens

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On September 17, the US celebrates Citizenship and Constitution Day, which commemorates the signing of the US Constitution in 1787. In 1952, President Truman signed a law which celebrated Citizenship Day on the same day and in 1955 President Eisenhower created Constitution Week. Every year USCIS celebrates by holding special naturalization ceremonies and celebrations to […]

USCIS Extends Premium Processing For Certain Previously Filed I-140 Petitions

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In an effort to expand premium processing to other types of petitions, USCIS now allows petitioners who have a Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker under the EB-1 and EB-2 classifications to upgrade to premium processing. If petitioners wish to utilize premium processing, they must file Form I907 Request for Premium Processing Service. Premium […]

DHS Announces The Re-Registration Process for Venezuela TPS

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a notice explaining how beneficiaries under Venezuela’s current TPS designation can re-register for TPS and renew their Employment Authorization Documents (EAD). Only beneficiaries of the initial TPS designation for Venezuela who were residing in the US since March 2021 are eligible to re-register and renew their EADs as […]

Nationwide Preliminary Injunction For Unaccompanied Minors in ICE Custody

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The Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law won a nationwide preliminary injunction in a class action lawsuit to expand the rights of detained unaccompanied minors in detention by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). The complaint filed alleged that: 1) ORR regularly moves children from state-licensed shelters to highly restrictive juvenile halls and psychiatric […]

OPLA No Longer Must Adhere by Mayorkas Memo on Prosecutorial Discretion

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On June 10, 2022 the  US District Court for the Southern District of Texas issued an order vacating the September 30, 2021 Mayorkas memo. This memo gave the government the discretion to grant prosecutorial discretion when certain factors were present in a case. Under this ruling, ICE has stated their website will be updated to […]

USCIS Allows Parolees to File I-765 Online

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On July 28, 2022 USCIS announced that certain parolees can file their Form I-765 for an employment authorization document online. Individuals who are paroled into the US for urgent humanitarian or significant public benefit purposes who seek employment under category c(11) are eligible to file online. Applicants who are seeking a fee waiver or are […]

US DHS Extends TPS for Venezuela

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Secretary of State Mayorkas announced that DHS will extend the designation for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Venezuela for 18 months. The extension will be effective as of September 10, 2022 and will run through March 10, 2024. In order to apply, the beneficiary must prove that they were in the US as of March […]