What is Happening With USCIS: A Quick Rundown

A recent New York Times article described the precarious financial situation U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) finds itself in following three of Trump administration leadership and now, the Covid-19 pandemic. Here are some of my main takeaways: In 2016, USCIS had 15,828 Employees. Three years later, USCIS Had grown to 18,866 employees a 19%…
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Rules Change for Vulnerable Asylum Seekers who Remain in Mexico

On May 10, the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a joint DHS/EOIR statement on the rescheduling of MPP hearings. This statement changed prior DHS procedures without adequate notice to affected migrants or their attorneys, adding confusion to the already opaque and unconstitutional Migrant…
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Renovaciones de la Licencia de Conducir Durante la Pandemia

La gobernadora de Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer recientemente emitió la Orden Ejecutiva 2020-78, que proporcionara una segunda extensión automática para las tarjetas de identificación de Michigan, licencias de conducir y la registración de su vehículo.  Si alguna de las anteriores expiró o expirará entre el 1 de febrero y el 30 de junio del 2020, estas…
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Driver’s License Renewals During the Pandemic

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently issued Executive Order 2020-78, which provides a second automatic extension for Michigan ID cards, driver’s licenses, and registration.  If your license, ID, or registration expired or will expire between February 1 and June 30, it will automatically be extended until July 31, 2020.  This extension does not apply if your…
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El Sistema de Inmigración en el Contexto de la Pandemia de COVID-19

USCIS: Los Centros de servicios de USCIS están operando con normalidad. Los solicitantes pueden presentar todo tipo de peticiones y solicitudes, estos serán procesados y los recibos serán emitidos. Las oficinas locales de USCIS, incluida la Oficina de Detroit y la Oficina de Asilo de Chicago, están programadas para reabrir el 4 de junio del…
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The Immigration System in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has turned many U.S. government functions inside-out and the immigration system is no exception. Here is a brief rundown of the ongoing situation with each relevant immigration agency as of May 7, 2020. USCIS: USCIS Service Centers are fully operational. Applicants may submit all types of petitions and applications, which will be…
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Impacto de los beneficios de desempleo en los solicitantes de la Green Card

¿Podrían ser afectados negativamente los portadores de la Green Card por solicitar los beneficios de desempleo? La respuesta es: No.     Hoy en día la pandemia del COVID-19 azota al mundo sin precedentes y por lo mismo, muchos inmigrantes se enfrentan a situaciones financieras muy difíciles. Millones de personas en todo el país se quedaron sin…
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Unemployment Benefits’ Impact on Green Card Applicants

Will Collecting Unemployment Benefits Negatively Impact Green Card Applicants? Short Answer: No. With this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic plaguing the world, many immigrants are faced with tough financial decisions. Millions of people across the country are left without jobs or with little to no sources of income, forcing them to consider applying for assistance from the…
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Pregúntale a Maris: Puedo ser desalojado de mi casa si no puedo pagar la renta durante el Covid-19?

La respuesta seria “posiblemente”. Todo depende del estado dónde usted este viviendo. En algunos estados y ciudades, se ha hecho ilegal que un arrendador lo desaloje durante la pandemia COVID-19, o por lo menos durante un cierto período de tiempo, incluso si usted no pudiera pagar su renta. La Ley CARES Act (el estímulo) puso…
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Ask Maris: Can I Be Evicted From my Home if I Cannot Pay Rent Due to Covid-19?

The short answer is maybe. It depends on where you live. Some states and cities have made it illegal for a landlord to evict you during the COVID-19 pandemic, or for a certain period of time, even if you cannot pay your rent. The CARES Act puts a 120-\day moratorium in place on some evictions…
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