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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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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Updates on USCIS: What You Need to Know

On May 27, 2020, USCIS announced that they are preparing some domestic offices to reopen and resume non-emergency public services on or after June 4, 2020. Fingers crossed that this time it will actually happen! Our firm has not heard anything yet about the reopening plans of our Detroit Field Office, in light of Governor Whitmer’s recent executive…
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¿Qué es el Estatus Especial de Inmigrante Juvenil?

Si se encuentra en los Estados Unidos y necesita la protección de un tribunal de menores porque ha sido abusado, abandonado o descuidado por sus padres, entonces el solicitante pudiera ser elegible para la clasificación de Inmigrante Juvenil Especial (SIJ, por sus siglas en Ingles). Si el juez le otorga la clasificación (SIJ), el solicitante…
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What is Special Immigrant Juvenile Status?

If you are in the United States and need the protection of a juvenile court because you have been abused, abandoned or neglected by a parent, you may be eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) classification. If SIJ classification is granted, you may qualify for lawful permanent residency (also known as getting a Green Card).…
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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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Backlogs & Bureaucracy Are No Excuse for the U.S. to Fail Asylum-Seekers

Read out latest analysis on America’s broken immigration system and its failure to help forcibly displaced people worldwide, especially Syrian refugees up on The Guardian. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/sep/09/backlogs-bureaucracy-no-excuse-us-fail-asylum-seekers A miles-long waiting list continues to plague immigration judges and keeps people who are fleeing war zones in limbo. The current migration crisis is the worst global refugee emergency…
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