Trump’s New Executive Order Prohibits Undocumented Immigrants From Seeking Asylum

As the migrant caravan of Central American refugees slowly makes its way to the U.S.-Mexico borders, a new executive order signed by President Donald Trump disqualifies immigrants without papers from seeking asylum in the U.S. The policy is the administration's latest attempt to crack down on asylum seekers and is set to last 90 days. Just last summer, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued an order for border officials to turn down applications from immigrants seeking asylum based on domestic [...]

Trump’s New Executive Order Prohibits Undocumented Immigrants From Seeking Asylum2018-12-06T13:36:31+00:00

Birthright Citizenship in U.S.

Don’t Worry, President Trump Cannot End Birthright Citizenship with a Stroke of His Pen The big news this week is an interview with President Trump in which he indicated that he wants to end the practice of “birthright citizenship.”  Birthright citizenship means that anyone born in the U.S. (with very limited exceptions) automatically is a U.S. citizen at birth. In his interview for “Axios on HBO,” President Trump stated, “it was always told to me that you needed a constitutional [...]

Birthright Citizenship in U.S.2018-11-03T08:06:37+00:00

Naturalization Requirements for Spouses of U.S. Citizens

USCIS Clarifies Marriage and Living in Marital Union Requirements for Naturalization U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently issued a Policy Alert clarifying the requirements for Naturalization for spouses of U.S. citizens. Normally, a person must be a lawful permanent resident (that is has a green card) for 5 years before they can apply for Naturalization as a U.S. citizen. However, spouses of U.S. citizens may apply after only 3 years. USCIS has clarified that for permanent resident spouses to [...]

Naturalization Requirements for Spouses of U.S. Citizens2018-10-23T20:40:09+00:00

Public Charge Rule Changes

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Broadens ‘Public Charge’ Rule The DHS is getting close to finalizing a new standard to determine who is or might become a “public charge” for immigration purposes. Public charge is the evaluation whether someone is likely to become reliant on public benefits, and consequently, whether he or she may enter the country or change his or her immigration status to become a legal permanent resident (LPR, a “green card” holder). The agency “pre-released” a new [...]

Public Charge Rule Changes2018-10-23T04:12:15+00:00

TPS Stays Alive for Now

Judge Prevents Termination of TPS for Certain Countries A federal judge in California put a hold on the administration’s plans to stop renewing the legal status of 300,000 people living in the U.S. from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan. All four countries were set to lose Temporary Protected Status over the next year, forcing immigrants, who had lived in the U.S. for years, to leave or risk getting deported. This is good news for more than 1,000 Sudanese TPS [...]

TPS Stays Alive for Now2018-10-23T03:50:09+00:00

USCIS Fraud Detection

USCIS Fraud Detection Arm Steps Up Unannounced Site Visits The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has been the primary auditor or corporations that use H-2B visas to staff their temporary seasonal worker positions. However, the fraud division of the USCIS has recently stepped in and started conducting unannounced site visits on these corporations. President Donald Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” executive order, which directed the Secretaries of State, Labor, and Homeland Security to revise rules and guidance [...]

USCIS Fraud Detection2018-10-23T03:55:00+00:00