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New DOJ decision could provide deportation relief for thousands

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On November 17, the office of the Attorney General at the Department of Justice made an important decision that could provide hope for thousands of immigrants in the United States. This decision allows immigration judges and the Board of Immigration of Appeals to stop deportation in certain cases. These types of cases include: (1) when […]

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 […]

Voting as a non-English speaker

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*Versión en español abajo **Version française ci-dessous The United States prides itself on being a nation of immigrants. As such, many naturalized citizens are not fluent English speakers. The U.S. has voting laws that govern language determination. These laws require the government to provide ballots in languages besides English. Depending on whether voting is conducted […]

A simplified step for immigrants with disabilities

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Yesterday, U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is making an update to a form which will help streamline the immigration process. The N-648 form, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions, has long been criticized for being outdated with unpractical and redundant questions. The updated N-648 form has been shortened and now has the […]

New migration pathway for Venezuelans

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On October 12, the path to citizenship for Venezuelan immigrants changed significantly: the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a new immigration procedure due to the surge in migration from Venezuela. In its effort to build a “fair, orderly, and secure immigration system,” the Biden-Harris administration has mandated that any Venezuelan who seeks to enter […]

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 […]

Advanced “due dates” detract from due process

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In recent weeks, the national news spotlight has been on immigration. Several Republican governors continue to send incoming migrants in buses to left-leaning cities, often without the understanding or consent of those involved. Without legal status, many of these migrants will be seeking defensive asylum to avoid being deported back to danger in their home […]

“Statue of Liberty Plan” would facilitate climate migration

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In August, the Roosevelt Institute published a new proposal which reimagines the U.S. immigration system as the most welcoming in the world to immigrants and refugees. Published as The Statue of Liberty Plan, tenets of the proposal include migration for economic and cultural renewal, sustaining the declining U.S. population, and combating authoritarianism. The plan proposes […]

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 […]