Temporary Protected Status was created by Congress in the Immigration Act of 1990 to provide a temporary legal status to nationals of certain countries [...]
An individual is “inspected and admitted” when they present themselves to a Customs and Border Patrol Officer at a port of entry (a U.S. [...]
On September 18, 2017, the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security announced that it would be ending its designation of Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) for [...]
Many green card applicants who otherwise would have had an opportunity to obtain a green card in the U.S., through a family-based or employment-based [...]
What is the benefit to filing a Withdrawal for an Application for Admission to the U.S.? When does it come up?
Any foreign nationals who travels to the U.S. on a visa and applies for admission at a designated port of entry may be told [...]
Who do the visa sanctions recently announced by the Department of State affect? Why can’t nationals of Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea and Sierra Leone be issued tourist visas?
The Department of State recently announced that it will stop issuing B tourist visas to nationals of the following countries: Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and [...]
What is the Dream Act 2017 Bill? Is it different from DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)?
The Dream Act 2017 Bill was introduced into Congress last week with bi-partisan support. In a political time where immigration policies and immigrants seem [...]
Non-immigrant visas are temporary visas that allow applicants to visit, live or work in the U.S.. Some common examples are: H-1B Visa, TN Visa, [...]
What is humanitarian reinstatement? What happens if my petitioning family member passes away before my visa is available?
Anyone who has gone through the family based immigration process knows that it can take a very long time, sometime years or even decades, [...]
What are the New Visa Vetting Procedures? What is Extreme Vetting? What is the Form DS-5535 and will it affect my application?
On March 6, 2017, the White House issued a Memorandum which directed the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and others to [...]
I filed for asylum with USCIS and now I am moving to a different State—does my case have to be transferred to a different Asylum Office? Will the transfer delay my case?
Asylum applications with the USCIS, meaning asylum applications that are not filed in Immigration Court during removal proceedings, have been facing increased backlogs over [...]
I was arrested for Driving Under the Influence or Driving While Intoxicated, and I am not a U.S. citizen. What are the possible consequence of having a DUI or DWI on my immigration status?
An arrest for drunk driving, even one that does not lead to a conviction, can have a number of consequences on a person’s immigration [...]
The term “Sanctuary City” is applied to cities that do not cooperate with the federal government’s enforcement of immigration law by not permitting municipal [...]
What happens if I get married or divorced after I file an application for asylum but before I have an interview?
If you have filed for asylum with the USCIS, you know that it is taking years to have an interview. There is currently a [...]
Will DACA become obsolete under the Trump administration? Am I in danger of being deported if I have DACA?
Will DACA become obsolete under President Trump? Amid recent immigration raids as well as arrests and detention of individuals paroled under the Deferred Action [...]
How long do I have to wait for an asylum interview? Can I get work authorization while I am waiting for my asylum interview?
Asylum is a humanitarian immigration benefit applied for by individuals who fear severe harm or persecution if they return to their country of origin. [...]
What are my rights if Immigration Enforcement (ICE) comes to my home? What if ICE Comes to My Home to Deport Me?
In the last few weeks, Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) has introduced mandates that suggest a shift from focusing resources on certain individuals targeted for [...]
President Trump has signed the much anticipated new travel ban that stops the issuance of visas and does not allow entry of nationals to [...]
I’m an immigrant and I’ve been arrested, will I be deported under President Trump’s Executive Actions? What can I do to protect myself from deportation after an arrest?
In his first week of office, President Trump signed several Executive Actions, among them three that directly relate to immigration. One order, Enhancing Public [...]
What is the Cuban Adjustment Act? Have there been changes to the Cuban Adjustment Act since the repeal of the “wet foot/dry foot” policy?
When an individual applies for a green card within the United States, an application is submitted for an adjustment of status to lawful permanent [...]
President Trump Bans Entry to the U.S. for Nationals of Seven Countries – How Will the Executive Order Impact Me?
At the end of the first week in office, President Trump signed an executive order that imposes a 90 day ban on foreign nationals [...]
What is a Green Card Option if you are Being Deported? What is Cancellation of Removal? A One Page Summary of Cancellation of Removal
What is Cancellation of Removal? (Deportation is the same thing as Removal) An Immigration remedy that stops your deportation that is available to immediate [...]
Asylum is a humanitarian immigration benefit intended to protect people from persecution if returned to their country of nationality. For more information on asylum [...]
How Will a Trump Presidency Impact Immigration Law? What Will Happen to My Visa now that Trump has been Elected? Will I be Deported now that Trump Won?
Last week I would never have thought that I would be writing an article on how a Trump Presidency could impact immigration but here [...]
What are my Rights and Responsibilities as a Green Card Holder? How do I Maintain my Permanent Residence?
A “green card” or permanent resident card is a document that shows a that a person can stay in the U.S. and work here [...]
Our staff attended the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Public Engagement Session on Tuesday, September 20th 2016, where USCIS discussed the new i-601A [...]
Can I apply for a green card for my child after my child turns 21? What happens if my child turns 21 before a visa becomes available?
The Immigration and Nationality Act defines a “child” as a person under the age of 21. If you have a child that is 21 [...]
If my company transfers me abroad, will I still be able to apply for citizenship? Can I apply for citizenship if I have to spend time outside of the United States?
In today’s global economy, intercompany transfers between U.S. companies, their foreign branches, or subsidiaries are common. For green card holders of the United States [...]
A New Immigration Rule that May Help You – Can I get a green card if I live in the U.S. without any legal status? What is the New Provisional Waiver Rule?
In most cases, a person must have some sort of legal status in order to apply for and obtain a green card in the [...]
What are the DAPA and DACA Expansion Programs? How Will the Supreme Court’s Decision in U.S. v. Texas Affect Me?
On April 18, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear U.S. v. Texas, the landmark immigration case where Texas and 25 other [...]
The FBI recently reported an overall increase of 1.7% in the number of violent crimes for the first 6 months of 2015 compared with [...]
Cancellation of Removal: A Remedy for Rehabilitated Green Card Holders with Deportable Criminal Convictions – PART II: Relief for LPRs
PART II: Relief for LPRs What is Cancellation of Removal? Cancellation of removal is an immigration remedy available to immediate relatives of U.S. Citizens [...]
Cancellation of Removal: A Remedy for Immediate Relatives of U.S. Citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents in Removal Proceedings with Deep and Enduring Ties in the U.S. – PART I: Relief for non-LPRs
PART I: Relief for Non-LPRs What is Cancellation of Removal? Cancellation of removal is an immigration remedy available to immediate relatives of U.S. Citizens [...]
Are There Green Card Options When I have Overstayed My Visa? What is the 245i Waiver and How can it Help Me?
What is 245i? Can it help me get a green card? INA §245(i) is a provision in the Immigration and Nationality Act of the [...]