Another Changed Life

I am often asked what is the best part of being an immigration attorney.  The best part is knowing I have changed someone’s life.  Michelle explains it better than I could ever explain it……. Dear Shelley, I am alive in the fullest sense of the word after 33 odd years…

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Yemen has been designated for Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

Yemen has been designated for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months due to the ongoing armed conflict within the country. The Department of Homeland Security has explained that “Yemen is experiencing widespread conflict and a resulting severe humanitarian emergency.” The TPS designation for Yemen is effective September 3, 2015,…

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HAITI TPS EXTENDED

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended TPS designation for Haiti for an additional 18 months. The term for TPS shall now run through July 22, 2017. The 60 day re-registration period will only run through October 26, 2015. If you are a Haitian national and have questions about…

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Probable Cause Needed to Issue Immigration Detainer

The First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled recently that federal immigration authorities need probable cause to issue an immigration detainer. The Court found that a naturalized U.S. citizen’s right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures was violated when she was held on an immigration detainer. The decision…

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Asylum Applications by Unaccompanied Children

New data has been released regarding statistics on asylum applications filed by unaccompanied children since Fiscal Year 2009. USCIS has received a total of 13,004 asylum applications filed by Unaccompanied Children (UCs) apprehended by CBP since Fiscal Year 2009. This total represents only 6% of the number of UCs apprehended…

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USCIS Alters Position on I-360 for Special Immigrant Religious Workers

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will no longer require work experience to be obtained while in lawful status for religious worker petitioners. Based on the court ruling in Shalom Pentecostal, USCIS states it will no longer deny special immigrant religious worker petitions based on the requirements found…

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DHS Alters Position on Family Residential Centers

On June 24, 2015, DHS announced additional revisions to its policy on family detention centers. According to Jeh Johnson, senior immigration officials presented a plan “to offer release with an appropriate monetary bond or other conditions of release to families at residential centers who are successful in stating a case…

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TPS Extended for Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended the initial registration deadline for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone from May 20, 2015 to Aug. 18, 2015. USCIS announced that it will accept applications from nationals of these three countries, even if the…

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Syrian TPS Registration Deadline – July 6

July 6, 2015 is the deadline to register for Temporary Protected Status for Syrian nationals.  Initial applications must be filed by that date for those individuals who do not currently have TPS.  Individuals from Syria will qualify for TPS if they can demonstrate that they have been continuously present in the…

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DHS announces TPS for Nepal

The Secretary of Homeland Security announced that Nepal will be designated for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) because of the recent earthquake on April 25, 2015.  Nationals of Nepal who currently reside in the United States are eligible to apply for TPS with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) The…

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