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New USCIS Policy Places Certain Students and Exchange Visitors at Serious Risk of Being Barred from the United States

New USCIS Policy Places Certain Students and Exchange Visitors at Serious Risk of Being Barred from the United States

In another attempt to restrict legal immigration, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a policy change to the way foreign students and exchange visitors accrue unlawful presence—a legal term used to describe any time spent in the United States after a foreign national’s period of authorized stay has ended. Effective August 9, 2018, this […]

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Lawsuit Asks Government to Stop Blocking Temporary Protected Status Holders from Applying for Green Cards

Lawsuit Asks Government to Stop Blocking Temporary Protected Status Holders from Applying for Green Cards

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is an important humanitarian protection for people who are in the United States when certain natural disasters or civil conflict strike their home countries, making it unsafe for them to return. Despite the fact that conditions in many of these countries have not improved since their nationals received TPS, the Trump […]

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What Salvadorans With Temporary Protected Status Should Know Now

What Salvadorans With Temporary Protected Status Should Know Now

Secretary of Homeland Security Kristjen Nielsen announced on Monday that the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador would be terminated. The decision to terminate TPS for some 200,000 Salvadorans comes on the heels of months of advocacy, which focused on their decades-long lawful residency in the United States and El Salvador’s ongoing problems […]

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USCIS Is Receiving a Record Number of Citizenship Applications

Written by on November 13, 2017 in Adjustment of Status with 2 Comments
USCIS Is Receiving a Record Number of Citizenship Applications

The average processing time for United States citizenship applications used to take five to seven months – already a lengthy timeline for immigrants waiting to get their citizenship vetted and approved. A spike in applications before and after the 2016 presidential election has caused that wait time to double. Yet, immigrants by and large are […]

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A Variety of Legislation Has Been Introduced in Congress to Protect Dreamers

A Variety of Legislation Has Been Introduced in Congress to Protect Dreamers

The announcement of the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative has hit home for many. The public has demonstrated a strong distaste for taking away young, undocumented immigrants’ work permits and targeting them for deportation. Thus the clock is now ticking and pressure is on Congress to pass a permanent solution […]

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Temporary Protected Status Terminated for Sudan, Extended for South Sudan. Who Is Next?

Temporary Protected Status Terminated for Sudan, Extended for South Sudan. Who Is Next?

With the stroke of a pen, the Secretary of Homeland Security upended the lives of over 1,000 Sudanese nationals living in the United States with the announcement this week that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Sudan has been terminated. However, nationals of South Sudan fared better, with an 18-month extension of their TPS designation announced […]

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USCIS Adds Extra Hurdles for Legally Residing Immigrants

USCIS Adds Extra Hurdles for Legally Residing Immigrants

The Trump administration continued its attack on legal immigration this month, announcing that it will start requiring additional in-person interviews for tens of thousands of individuals who have already undergone extensive screening and have been successfully living and working in the United States for years. These unnecessary interviews are likely to add to already significant […]

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Second Circuit Requires Government to Notify Affected Parties Prior to Visa Petition Revocation

Second Circuit Requires Government to Notify Affected Parties Prior to Visa Petition Revocation

In a breakthrough decision issued at the end of last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which sits in New York City, ruled that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) must provide notice of its intent to revoke an immigrant visa petition to those who actually will be affected by the […]

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Visa Bulletin “Do-Over” Undercuts Visa Modernization

Visa Bulletin “Do-Over” Undercuts Visa Modernization

Earlier this month, the immigration agencies took a positive step forward in implementing the executive action promise to reform the visa system when they issued the October Visa Bulletin, informing the public about who would be eligible to apply for lawful permanent resident status in October. But now the agencies have stepped back from that […]

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Immigration Appeals Court Reverses Position on Deportation Waivers

Immigration Appeals Court Reverses Position on Deportation Waivers

In a decision issued last week, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) reversed course and decided that a subset of Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who have been convicted of certain crimes may now have an opportunity to avoid deportation by proving to an immigration judge that their removal would cause extreme hardship to their U.S. […]

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