Waivers and Relief from Deportation

Justice Department’s Losing Battle Over Deportation Waivers for Permanent Residents

Justice Department’s Losing Battle Over Deportation Waivers for Permanent Residents

For more than five years, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has defended a policy that deprives long-term lawful permanent residents (LPRs) of the opportunity to apply for a waiver that would allow them to remain in the United States. The waiver—known as the 212(h) waiver (referring to section 212(h) of the immigration statute)—permits permanent residents […]

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Putting the White House Immigration Reform Proposal into Perspective

Putting the White House Immigration Reform Proposal into Perspective

Over the weekend, the press reported on a leaked draft of portions of the White House’s immigration proposal, and the coverage since then has been largely a frenzied discussion of whether the leak will kill Senate negotiations.  There shouldn’t be much chance of that, given the immense pressure on the Senate to not only come […]

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DHS Publishes New Provisional Waiver to Help Some Families Stay Together

DHS Publishes New Provisional Waiver to Help Some Families Stay Together

Some families facing long separations from their loved ones because of U.S. immigration laws will have an easier time of it in 2013. Thanks to a new regulation from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), immediate relatives of U.S. citizens will be able to complete part of the processing of their immigration cases without leaving […]

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Standardizing Guidelines Would Improve USCIS’s Proposed Family Unity Waiver Rule

Standardizing Guidelines Would Improve USCIS’s Proposed Family Unity Waiver Rule

Earlier this year, USCIS proposed a new waiver rule that would allow some unauthorized immigrants (mostly direct family members of U.S. citizens) who are applying for a green card to apply for a waiver to the 3 and 10 year bar from within the United States,  minimizing the amount of time they would have to […]

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Expansion of Proposed Waiver Rule Could Help More Families Stay Together

Expansion of Proposed Waiver Rule Could Help More Families Stay Together

As previously noted, the administration recently proposed a new rule that would help keep American families —the “Proposed Rule on Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers of Inadmissibility for Certain Immediate Relatives.” This proposed rule would streamline the application process for many relatives of U.S. citizens currently eligible for a green card by minimizing the amount of […]

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