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The Proposed Changes to Public Charge: What You Need to Know

The Proposed Changes to Public Charge: What You Need to Know

Over the weekend, the Trump administration took steps to radically transform a little-known provision of immigration law that could have an outsized impact on legal immigration. In proposed regulations posted on Saturday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) indicated that it would redefine the legal term “public charge” to block green cards for low-income immigrants […]

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How Long Does It Take USCIS to Issue a Green Card?

How Long Does It Take USCIS to Issue a Green Card?

How long does it take to process an application for permanent residence in the United States, or a “green card?” You might be surprised by how difficult it is to find a reliable answer to this common question. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)—the agency that adjudicates applications for permanent residence and other immigration benefits—provides […]

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Court Decision Ensures Many TPS Holders in Ninth Circuit May Become Permanent Residents

Court Decision Ensures Many TPS Holders in Ninth Circuit May Become Permanent Residents

Hundreds, if not thousands, of noncitizens with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) now are eligible to apply for lawful permanent residence because of a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision. In Ramirez v. Brown, the Court ruled that a grant of TPS to a noncitizen qualifies as an “inspection and admission.” Under the Immigration and Nationality […]

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Senate Hearing Examines Proposals to Increase Guest Workers

Written by on March 27, 2015 in Uncategorized with 1 Comment
Senate Hearing Examines Proposals to Increase Guest Workers

This week, the Senate Homeland Security committee examined various immigrant guest worker proposals. This was the Committee’s third “Securing the Border” hearing this week, after Tuesday’s hearing on transnational crime, and Wednesday’s hearing on root causes of Central American migration. The witnesses all agreed that increasing legal immigration would decrease unlawful immigration across the border—especially […]

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Righting a Historical Wrong in Same-Sex Marriage Case

Righting a Historical Wrong in Same-Sex Marriage Case

Anthony Sullivan, a native of Australia, fell in love with Richard Adams, an American, in 1971. A few years later, the couple traveled to Colorado when they learned the county clerk in Boulder was issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Soon after, they filed a green-card petition based on their marriage to the then-Immigration and […]

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5 Ways DACA Renews the Conversation on Immigration Reform

Written by on August 23, 2012 in DACA/DAPA, Enforcement, Legislation with 1 Comment
5 Ways DACA Renews the Conversation on Immigration Reform

There’s no doubt that recent implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative is the biggest thing to happen in immigration law in many years. While most of the attention is currently focused on how to make it work, how to apply and how to work out the kinks, it’s important to take […]

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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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Comments Due on Proposed Rule that Will Help Keep American Families Together

Written by on May 16, 2012 in Family-Based Immigration with 4 Comments
Comments Due on Proposed Rule that Will Help Keep American Families Together

The administration recently published a proposed rule that will help keep American families together. The “Proposed Rule on Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers of Inadmissibility for Certain Immediate Relatives” is an effort to streamline the application process for many relatives of U.S. citizens currently eligible for a green card by minimizing the amount of time that […]

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After Justice Department Admits Mistake, Immigrant Advocates Ask Supreme Court to Fix Prior Opinion

After Justice Department Admits Mistake, Immigrant Advocates Ask Supreme Court to Fix Prior Opinion

Of the many problems with our immigration system, one of the least known—but most frustrating—is that when the government deports immigrants whose appeals are still pending, it offers little to no help returning to the United States if they ultimately prevail in court. Immigrant advocates were thus perplexed when the Justice Department filed a Supreme […]

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