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  • What Happens to My Green Card After Divorce?

    While divorce means the end of a marriage, it could also result in revocation of permanent residence—and even deportation from the United States. According to U.S. immigration laws, an immigrant who is part of a legitimate marriage can qualify for a green card . In the event of a divorce, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may review the validity of the marriage. Fortunately, ...
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  • What a Democratic Takeover of House Could Mean for Immigration

    The Democratic Party regained the majority of the House of Representatives following this month’s midterm elections. What this most likely means is more scrutiny will be applied to President Donald Trump’s legislative agenda—especially when it comes to immigration. Democrats plan to use their new authority to investigate past immigration actions and challenge any future immigration plans by the ...
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  • Federal Judge Blocks Trump from Removing Immigrants Under TPS

    Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Edward Chen issued a preliminary injunction, temporarily blocking the Trump administration from deporting more than 300,000 migrants from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Sudan, and Haiti under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program. Created in 1990 by Congress, the program offers protection for migrants in countries experiencing natural disasters, wars, and ...
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  • Trump Administration Plans to Deny Green Card & Visa Applicants Who Use Public Benefits

    The Trump administration announced at the end of last month that immigrants who rely on government aid such as food stamps and Section 8 housing assistance could be denied green cards and temporary visas if the administration’s proposed changes to the definition of “public charge” go into effect. Not only would the move affect the applications of hundreds of thousands of immigrants attempting to ...
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  • How the Trump Administration's Immigration Policy Harms U.S. Economy

    The Trump administration has implemented an immigration policy which has substantially decreased the amount of new visa and green card applications and hindered the renewal process for current recipients. The purpose of the president’s reform is to provide native-born Americans with more job opportunities and bolster the U.S. economy. However, there is evidence demonstrating how the current ...
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  • Texas Judge Says DACA Must Resume For Now

    At the end of August, a federal judge in Texas choose not to issue a preliminary injunction that would terminate DACA; however, he said the Obama-era program--that protects nearly 700,000 undocumented immigrants from deportation and allows them to work legally--will end in the future. Federal District Judge Andrew Hanen found that Texas and a coalition of other states failed to bring their case in ...
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  • USCIS Issues Stricter Guidance on RFEs and NOIDs

    On July 13, 2018, USCIS issued new policy guidelines for their adjudicators, conferring them the discretion to deny an application, petition, or request for immigration benefits without first issuing a Request for Evidence (RFE) or Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID), in instances where the initial evidence is not submitted or if evidence in the record does not establish eligibility. The new policy ...
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  • USCIS Extends Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions

    On August 28, 2018, USCIS announced that they will be extending the previously announced suspension of premium processing for H-1B quota petitions and that the suspension of premium processing will also be expanded to include other H-1B petitions. Importantly, the expanded temporary suspension will apply to ALL H-1B petitions filed at the Vermont and California Service Centers (except for those ...
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  • Immigration Judges Deny More Asylum Seekers

    According to a new study by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, the number of “credible fear of prosecution” asylum cases has significantly dropped this year. Researchers found that immigration judges found asylum seeks had provided enough evidence to claim they had a credible fear in 14.7 percent of cases heard since January, which is about half as often ...
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  • Updated Guidance regarding NTA Issuance (Implementation Pending)

    USCIS recently announced an update in its guidance regarding the issuance of Notices to Appear (NTAs), Form I-862. An NTA is a charging document that is issued to foreign nationals placing them in removal proceedings and directing them to appear before an Immigration Judge. The new USCIS Policy Memorandum entitled: Updated Guidance for the Referral of Cases and Issuance of Notices to Appear (NTAs) ...
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  • How to Choose the Right Immigration Attorney

    The U.S. immigration process can be highly complex and treacherous, especially in this current political climate. When you are navigating through the convoluted system, you will want an attorney that can best handle your case. A skilled immigration lawyer can make a substantial difference in your case. In fact, many people lose their cases simply because they didn’t have any legal representation, ...
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  • USCIS Proposes a New Denaturalization Taskforce

    Recently, USCIS announced the start of a new office which will focus on naturalized American citizens who are under suspicion of having used fraudulent means to obtain their citizenship and seek to denaturalize them. The cases targeted will be those of immigrants who were previously ordered deported or removed and are suspected of using false identities to later obtain lawful permanent residence ...
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  • Crimes that Can Result in Deportation

    According to U.S. immigration law, certain crimes in California can result in deportation if you are not a U.S. citizen. In fact, all immigrants--even green card holders--can be deported if they violate immigration laws. In general, immigrants can be deported if they are convicted of either a “crime of moral turpitude” or an “aggravated felony.” Furthermore, there are specific crimes that qualify ...
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  • Supreme Court Upholds Travel Ban 3.0

    On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump’s travel ban, stating it is “squarely within” the president’s authority. The 5-4 ruling by the high court that “Travel Ban 3.0,” named for being the third iteration of Trump’s controversial immigration proposal, is constitutional. The president signed Proclamation No. 9645 on September 24, 2017, which indefinitely restricted most ...
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  • Sessions Imposes Stricter Requirements for Asylum Claims

    In a ruling that could have a significant impact on large numbers of Center Americans seeking asylum protection in the United States, General Attorney Jeff Sessions said immigration judges generally cannot consider domestic and gang violence as proper grounds for asylum claims. Sessions ruled in a Board of Immigration Appeals case involving a woman from El Salvador whose asylum status was upheld ...
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