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New USCIS Policy Alert: Employment Authorization for Victims of Crimes with Pending U-Visa Petitions

USCIS will now let people with a pending U visa petition work while they are here. People can get an EAD (employment authorization document) card if they live in the US and have a pending U visa petition. This is called the Bona Fide Determination Employment Authorization (BFD EAD) process. You can read the policy update here…

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Biden Immigration: Green Cards for DACA and Closing the Border

With a focus on immigration reform, this week the U.S. House of Representatives passed a set of immigration bills that will allow DACA holders a path to citizenship. Prior to this, DACA was a way to defer deportation or removal from the United States, but it didn’t solve the problem of gaining status. President Biden …

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US Citizenship Test to Go Back to The Way it Was: Biden Administration Rolls Back Test Changes

◾️Some applicants will be able to choose if they take the 2008 version or the 2020 version if their interviews fall before April 19, 2021 ◾️Applicants who file after March 1, 2021 will be scheduled to take the original 2008 version of the exam (with 100 questions) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on …

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Let’s Talk About Immigration: President Biden’s Immigration Policies and Changes

President Biden Makes Immigration Changes On Tuesday, February 2, 2021, Biden signed several executive orders and directives on immigration. Some people believe the orders are meant to reverse Trump’s immigration policies. However, these orders primarily call for a review, rather than ending Trump policies—although the Biden’s administration had said it would get rid of these …

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DACA Prevails-Judge Finds that Chad Wolf’s Appointment was Invalid

A federal judge in New York has ruled that acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf assumed his position unlawfully. The decision invalidated Wolf’s suspension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that the Trump administration wrongly tried to shut down protections under the Obama-era legislation known as …

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A Threat to Employment Authorization Documentation for those With Final Orders of Removal: DHS Proposes a New Rule that Will Take Away the Ability to Work

On November 19th, DHS posted a notice of a proposed rule in the Federal Register. A rule which would eliminate employment authorization document (“EAD”) eligibility for immigrants who have final orders of removal but are temporarily released from custody on an order of supervision. The proposed rule contains an exception to continue to allow employment …

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Military Immigration: What Options are Available for Military Families?

Military immigration is one avenue of keeping families together. If you are a military service member or a U.S military veteran, you and your family members have certain rights for the military under the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). These rights can open doors to obtaining a green card or possible U.S. Citizenship for …

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How Could the Presidential Election Impact Immigration Law?

Unfortunately, Trump will not leave the White House peacefully or quietly. As Trump and his administration scramble to maintain power, the next few months could be crucial in immigration policy developments. He has already shown his willingness to bypass Congress and use executive orders as a means to exclude the immigrant community.

There is a high likelihood he will use the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to intensify deportations of immigrants. His anti-immigrant agenda has remained destructive since his inauguration in January 2017 and he has limited time left to fulfill his remaining desires to slash potential forms of relief.

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