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  • Trump Unlikely to Extend Looming Immigration Deadline

    Last year, President Trump scrapped the Obama-era program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that protects roughly 700,000 undocumented immigrants in the United States. He then set an expiry date of March 5, 2018, and called on Congress to come up with a solution. Over the past several months, lawmakers have been working toward reaching a deal to protect DACA recipients before ...
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  • USCIS to Address Asylum Backlog with Action

    Last week, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that they will schedule asylum interviews for recent applications ahead of older filings, in an effort to curb the growth of the agency’s asylum backlog. The agency is in charge of overseeing the country’s legal immigration system, such as adjudicating asylum claims. Considered to be at a crisis level, USCIS currently faces ...
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  • Introduction of "I-Squared" Bill and proposed H-1B reform

    On January 25, 2018, Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced the Immigration Innovation Act of 2018. The bill aims to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to authorize additional visas for well-educated aliens to live and work in the United States. If enacted, the bill, known as “I-Squared,” would make significant changes to the U.S. employment-based immigration system. ...
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  • What's Happening with H-1B Visas?

    USCIS Not Considering H-1B Visa Rule Changes President Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” initiative aims to stop hundreds of thousands of foreign workers, predominantly Indian IT professionals, from keeping their H-1B visas while their green card applications are pending. The goal is to impose new restrictions to prevent abuse and misuse of H-1B visas, aside from ending the provision of ...
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  • White House Says No Deal on DACA Yet

    The White House said that no deal has been reached to protect nearly 800,000 DACA recipients. “There has not been a deal reached yet,” said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “We still think we can get there, and we are very focused trying to make sure that it happens.” However, six bipartisan senators announced they reached a deal in principle on legislation that would shield ...
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  • Temporary vs. Permanent Work Visas: What’s the Difference?

    The United States attracts immigrants from all sorts of professional backgrounds. Researchers, artists, religious workers, scientists and even athletes seek employment in the U.S. However, to enter and work in the country, immigrant workers will need to have a visa. There are two categories of employment visas for workers: temporary and permanent . In this blog, we explain what the differences are ...
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  • Deportation FAQs

    With the tough stance that the Trump Administration has taken on U.S. immigration, it is important to become informed about deportation practices you might have to face. Trump’s “Enforcement Priorities,” which is contained in “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,” replaces the Obama era enforcement priorities. These new priorities are now in effect and will likely sweep ...
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  • What to Expect During the Naturalization Process

    Naturalization is the process through which someone who is not born in the United States becomes a U.S. citizen. From start to finish, this process can take months or even years, and each step is instrumental in achieving your ultimate goal—becoming a U.S. citizen. Below, we explain each step and what you can expect. Determining Eligibility Before you apply, you must first determine whether or not ...
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  • The Fate of DACA Hinges on Year-End Spending Deal

    With Congress leaving Capitol Hill in just under two weeks, the fate of nearly 700,000 immigrants hangs in limbo. Democrats in the Senate now must decide if they want to add protections for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as a condition of their support for what is viewed as a “must-pass” spending bill. Their other option is to kick the issue to next year where they have ...
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  • How Does U.S. Citizenship Through Parents Work?

    There are two ways to obtain U.S. citizenship through one’s parents. The first is at birth, while the second is after birth but before reaching the age of 18. A person’s parents can include: genetic fathers, genetic mothers, and non-genetic gestational mothers. In general, a child born outside the U.S. can become a citizen at birth if: Both of their parents were married to each other at the time ...
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  • 3 Facts About Immigration You Need to Know

    Immigration has always been a sensitive subject, but in recent years it has flown to the forefront of political and social conversations across the country. Between news outlets, social media, online articles, and daily conversation, you’ve likely heard true and false statements about immigration on a regular basis. So, what do you really need to know about immigration? With information on ...
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  • Preparing for a Visit from ICE: What You Need to Know

    With immigration raids and round-ups increasing throughout the country, it is important for undocumented individuals and their families to be aware of what their rights are in the event that they are ever visited by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In this blog, we explain what you can expect and what you should during an ICE visit. When ICE officers are at your door, ask them if they ...
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  • Things to Avoid When Applying For a Green Card

    Applying for a green card is an important place for many immigrants to begin their journey to citizenship in the U.S. The process isn’t an easy one, however, and mistakes can cause your application to be rejected. A rejected application can mean unnecessary time and expense while the issue is corrected. Here are some of the most common mistakes that are made on green card applications. Missing ...
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  • Surviving Immigration During a Period of Uncertainty

    Now more than ever, immigration is a hot topic across various countries in the world, especially in the United States. As an immigrant, you are like concerned about your status in this country, even if you are here legally. It seems as though every day, there is a new immigration order, potentially threatening your rights to stay here lawfully. This is why our legal team wants to ensure you are ...
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  • Criminal Convictions that Result in Deportation

    As an immigrant, there are certain crimes that will make you subject to removal proceedings, even if you are a green card holder . Even if there is only evidence that you committed a crime, you may find yourself in removal proceedings. Immigrants are at the greatest risk of deportation if they are convicted of a “crime of moral turpitude” or an aggravated felony. Crimes of Moral Turpitude The ...
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