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Update to USCIS Policy on the Issuance of Notices to Appear

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USCIS has revised its policy regarding the issuance of Notices to Appear (NTAs).  According to the revised notice issued November 8, 2018, applicants for U Visas, T Visas, and Violence Against Women Act applicants could now be issued NTA and placed into removal proceedings. The revised USICS Policy now states: Starting Nov. 19, 2018, USCIS […]

Preliminary Injunction Grants Relief for TPS Holders

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Temporary protected status also called “TPS” is a temporary status given to eligible nationals of designated countries who are present in the United States. The status, afforded to nationals from some countries affected by armed conflict or natural disaster, allows persons to live and work in the United States for limited times. The Secretary of Homeland Security may […]

USCIS Policy Update on Marital Union and Naturalization

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has updated its policy guidance on the married and living in marital union requirements for naturalization under section 319(a) of the Act. Lawful Permanent Residents applying for naturalization under the three year provision, are eligible to file for naturalization if they have continuously resided in the U.S. for a […]

A Federal Injunction Buys Time for Terminated TPS Holders

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A federal court in California has blocked President Trump’s administration’s decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan. The California judge issued a nationwide  preliminary injunction to prevent the Department of Homeland  Security (DHS) from enforcing the termination of TPS for the four countries.  The main argument of the […]

Explaining the Proposed Public Charge Rule to Clients

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On September 22, 2018 the Trump administration announced a proposed rule that would prevent immigrants from being eligible for permanent residency simply because at some point in the past, they received some type of basic health care support, nutrition assistance, or other vital services. Under this proposed rule, millions of intending immigrants will be ineligible […]

Senator Cortez-Masto and 17 Other Senators Address Attorney General over ICE Intentions to Reopen Admin Closed Cases

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Senator Catherine Cortez-Masto and 17 other U.S. Senators have issued a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, expressing concerns about ICE intentions to re-open and re-calendar 350,000 deportation cases that were administratively closed. The letter comes as a direct response to Attorney General Sessions decision to strip immigration judges and the Board of Immigration Appeals […]

Changes to Public Charge Policy

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“This new unilateral policy will radically change legal immigration, drastically limiting immigration for people earning less than $ 62,750 a year for a family of four.” Public charge has been part of U.S. immigration law for more than 100 years as a ground of inadmissibility and deportation. It was memorialized in the Immigration Act of […]

Attorney General Sessions Blasts Judges Decision to Restore DACA Program

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is taking every measure to ensure that President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program stays terminated, ignoring D.C. Judge John Bates decision to have the program restarted by August 23rd. The DACA program offered relief from deportation for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. Sessions has stated […]

USCIS Policy Guidance Update for RFEs and NOIDs

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On Friday, July 13, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services  (USCIS) released a policy memorandum granting USCIS adjudicators full discretion to deny petitions without first issuing a Request for Evidence (RFE) or Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID). Filings, such as those submitted with little to no supporting evidence or missing official documents establishing eligibility, may […]

TPS for Yemen Extended for 18 Months

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals of Yemen for 18 months.  The TPS extension will be through March 3, 2020.  Over 1,200  Yemeni will now be able to renew their status. DHS has declared Yemen as the “world’s worst humanitarian crisis”.  Yemen has been in a […]