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Migrant Parents March To the Border. Seek to Be Reunited with Children

The Trump administration was serious about the crackdown on illegal immigrants. The government strictly implemented the “zero tolerance” policy last year, which resulted to migrant parents being separated and deported, leaving behind thousands of children in their wake. Last week, about 29 parents who were wrested from their children and deported at the height of the family separation crisis last year have been granted access to get in the US, in the hopes of getting asylum and being reunited with [...]

Migrant Parents March To the Border. Seek to Be Reunited with Children2019-08-08T09:12:45+00:00

USCIS Announces Changes to H-1B Visas

USCIS Announces Major Changes to H-1B Program On January 31, 2019, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) published a final rulemaking two significant changes to the H-1B visa program. The rule (1) adds an electronic registration requirement for petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions, and (2) it reverses the order by which USCIS will select petitions under the regular H-1B and the advanced degree quotas. H-1B visas are for employees working in a “specialty occupation,” which generally means that [...]

USCIS Announces Changes to H-1B Visas2019-08-08T09:35:22+00:00

Trump New Executive Order Prohibit Undocumented Immigrants From Asylum

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 [...]

Trump New Executive Order Prohibit Undocumented Immigrants From Asylum2019-08-08T08:44:14+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.2019-04-19T09:20:03+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. Citizens2019-08-08T09:36:44+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 Changes2019-08-08T09:42:32+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 Now2019-08-08T09:49:50+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 Detection2019-08-08T09:47:45+00:00