TPS Extension for Haitians: What it Could Mean for You

Over the weekend, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced a new 18-month designation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). This new TPS designation enables Haitian nationals (and individuals without nationality who last resided in Haiti) currently residing in the United States as of May 21, 2021 to file initial applications for TPS,…
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The Supreme Court Niz-Chavez Decision: What it Might Mean for You

Yesterday, the Supreme Court decided the case Niz-Chavez v. Garland. This decision will pave the way for thousands of noncitizens to apply for new relief based on hardship to a US citizen, legal permanent resident, close relatives, as well as allow many to reopen their removal orders. Niz-Chavez  is a sequel to the Supreme Court’s decision in…
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Gone! The I-944 and the August 2019 Public Charge Rule

Effective March 9, 2021, the I-944 (Declaration of Self Sufficiency) is gone for all adjustment of status (I-485) applications, retroactively and moving forward! The 2019 Public Charge Rule implemented during the Trump administration is gone too, so you will not need to provide any Public Charge-related information on forms I-129 or I-539 for change of…
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A New Age is Dawning In Immigration

The Biden Administration is expected to pursue epic changes to America’s Immigration Policies. We should see a return to the American tradition of welcoming immigrants. This includes a greater understanding and sympathy toward the millions of refugees and migrants stranded in various parts of the world seeking an opportunity to begin life anew in a…
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A New Day Has Dawned

Our prayers for new leadership in the White House have been answered. So what does it mean for us? For the country? For the world?  First, there is the immediate concern about the transition period between now and January 20, 2021. President Trump will remain in power until then but the world is already beginning…
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Why The Climate Crisis Will Also Be a Refugee Crisis

For decades, conflict, poverty, the drug trade, and failed governments were the biggest creators of refugees. Now, as the Climate Crisis escalates, rising sea levels, extreme weather, and more intense natural disasters threaten to create refugees on an unimaginable scale.  Today marks The International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction which was created in 1989 by…
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Maris Liss Attends the Annual AILA Conference

We couldn’t be prouder of our Head of Litigation and Appeals, Maris Liss! Yesterday, she had wonderful time talking to about 450 new federal court litigators at the annual conference of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) conducted via Zoom. Among other things, Maris trained attorneys on how to get immigrants out of detention and…
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Eliminación Acelerada: Lo Que Necesita Saber

Imagínate esto, estás caminando por la calle haciendo tus mandados. Eres indocumentado. Un agente de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE) o de Aduanas y Patrulla Fronteriza (CBP) te detiene, o un oficial de policía te detiene y le llama a ICE o CBP para verificar tu estado migratorio. No cuentas con algún documento que…
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Expedited Removal: What You Need to Know

Picture this, you are walking on the street minding your own business. You’re undocumented. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agent stops you, or a police officer stops you and calls ICE or CBP to check on your status. You have nothing on your person showing you’ve been the…
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Lo que necesita saber sobre las Restricciones a los Trabajadores Extranjeros

El 22 de junio del 2020, el presidente Trump emitió una proclamación suspendiendo la entrada a los Estados Unidos a ciertos extranjeros en visas de trabajo para no inmigrantes y extendiendo la suspensión de visas de inmigrante hasta el 31 de diciembre de 2020.  Esta proclamación está vigente desde el 24 de junio del 2020 hasta…
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