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USCIS publishes new public charge rule that will likely have a negative effect on green card applicants.

This week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule that redefines the public charge grounds for inadmissibility. The term “public charge” is used to describe individuals applying for admission to the U.S. or adjustment […]

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In a news conference held Thursday, President Trump announced that rather than continue fighting for the reinstatement of his controversial executive order on visas and refugees, he will instead start from scratch and issue an entirely new executive order on the matter. President Trump expects to release the new order next week.

In […]

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The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld a lower court’s stay blocking enforcement of President Trump’s ban on admitting travelers from seven predominantly-Muslim countries: Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen. The court’s decision means that the Trump administration will likely choose to either appeal the decision to the Supreme Court, […]

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On Friday, January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order titled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.”   The following provides information on the key provisions of this order and any clarifications and updates that are known to date:

·         The order bans entry for 90 days (from […]

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In a series of executive orders announced on Wednesday, President Trump took the initial steps to significantly revise U.S. immigration policy from that of the Obama Administration. The executive orders call for a number of changes to various immigration programs, including DHS’s immigration enforcement priorities, the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, visa issuances from specific […]

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Earlier this month, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced his re-designation and 18-month extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Yemen. DHS originally designated Yemen for TPS in September, 2015, on the basis that the ongoing armed conflict occurring within the country posed a threat to persons returning there. In re-designating the country […]

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In an attempt to further normalize U.S.-Cuban relations, the Obama administration has announced the end to two special immigration policies directed toward Cuban migrants. The first of the scrapped programs allowed Cuban nationals who made it to dry land in the U.S. to remain and apply for permanent resident status without receiving a visa. […]

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President-Elect Donald Trump announced that he is nominating retired Marine General John F. Kelly as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.  The Department of Homeland Security is one of the largest Cabinet departments in the federal government and is responsible for enforcing our nation’s immigration laws, among other responsibilities.

General Kelly is a […]

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Today the United States Supreme Court hears an important case concerning the constitutionality of immigrant detention, and in particular, whether immigrants subject to lengthy detention have the opportunity for release on bond.  The case, Jennings v. Rodriguez, is a class-action lawsuit that asks the Court to consider whether detained immigrants must be afforded bond […]

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Join us: I-9 Roundtables

On November 18, 2016 By

In the wake of the Presidential Election, there has been much speculation about how immigration enforcement will change in a Trump presidency. While we wait to determine the exact tenor of the incoming administration, we do know that I-9 audits remain a potential target area and a concern for employers. On Monday, USCIS released a […]

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FY 2021 Diversity Visa Lottery Now Open

Each year, the State Department makes 55,000 green card numbers available for individuals who apply through the diversity lottery program. Entrants have until Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at noon EST to register online at the State Department’s official lottery website. Entry for the lottery is free, but applicants must adhere to strict registration … read more

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