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DHS Asking for Public Input on How to Prevent Family Separations at the Border

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DHS is asking the public for its recommendations on how to permanently protect against the prior administration’s practice of intentionally separating families at the border to deter others from migrating to the United States. The Request for Public Input will publish in the Federal Register on Friday, December 10.  Comments will be accepted for 30 days until […]

USCIS Offers Immigration Help to Those Affected By Natural Disasters and Other Unforeseen Circumstances

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In light of the recent natural disasters, USCIS is reminding the public that they offer immigration services to help those affected by these disasters. These services include: Changing a nonimmigrant status or extending a nonimmigrant stay for an individual currently in the United States. Failure to apply for the extension or change before expiration of […]

USCIS Reverts to Old Policy of Criteria for Interviewing Petitioners Requesting Derivative Refugee and Asylee Status For Family Members

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On December 10, 2021 USCIS rescinded a November 2020 memo that required interviews for all petitioners filing Form I-730 for their derivative family members. The old policy places a significant burden on the asylee and refugee population because in addition to the beneficiary interview, the petitioner also had to be interviewed. Effective immediately, USCIS will return […]

USCIS Temporarily Waiving 60 day Rule For Civil Surgeons

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is temporarily waiving the requirement that the civil surgeon sign Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, no more than 60 days before an applicant files an application for the underlying immigration benefit (including Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status), until Sept. 30, 2022. […]

Remain in Mexico Program Reinstated

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On December 2, 2021 the Biden Administration reinstated the “remain in Mexico” policy wherein migrants seeking to enter the US will have to remain in Mexico as they await immigration hearings. President Biden had originally stopped the policy, but lawsuits by Texas and Missouri forced him to put the policy back into effect, subject to […]

USCIS Extends Transitional Parole for CNMI Long-Term Resident Status Applicants

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On December 8, 2021 USCIS announced that they would automatically extend the parole and employment authorization for parolees who timely applied for Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) long-term resident status. This extension applies specifically to current parolees who timely filed their Form I-955 and Form I-765 and whose applications remain pending on December […]

DHS Announces New Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking

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On December 3, 2021, The White House released the National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking, which focuses on four key US and global anti-trafficking efforts: prevention, protection, prosecution, and partnerships.   The main goals of the action plan are: Building DHS capacity and bolstering partnerships with industry to prohibit forced labor in supply chains. […]

TPS Applicants can Now File Online

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As of November 29, 2021, all applicants eligible for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under one of the designated countries can file their Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status and Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization online. Currently the countries with TPS designations are: Burma (Myanmar) El Salvador Haiti Honduras Nepal Nicaragua Somalia South Sudan […]

New Memo Issued to Terminate “Remain in Mexico” Program

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On October 29, Secretary of Homeland Security Mayorkas issued a memorandum wherein he terminates the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program, also known as the “remain in Mexico” program. Secretary Mayorkas conducted an extensive review to assess whether MPP should be maintained, terminated, or modified. He studied court documents, relevant data, internal reviews, and publicly available […]

New Details for Fully Vaccinated Non-Citizen Travelers to U.S.

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The Department of Homeland Security provided more details after announcing that starting November 8, 2021 non-citizen travelers who are fully vaccinated and have appropriate documents will be permitted to enter the U.S. Starting November 8, when arriving at a U.S. land POE or ferry terminal, non-citizen travelers should be prepared to (1) provide proof of […]