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USCIS Offices Are Temporarily Closed to the Public; Business Operations & Case Review Still Continue As of March 18, USCIS has suspended routine in-person services until at least April 1 to help slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).     Note: As of present, USCIS staff will continue to perform duties that do not involve contact with the public including, [..]

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USCIS & CONSULAR UPDATES

USCIS offices throughout the country are cancelling immigrant interviews in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Local offices include, but are not limited, to Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. USCIS also announced the temporary suspension of premium processing service for fiscal year (FY) 2021 cap-subject H-1B petitions.   USCIS will resume premium processing for [..]

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There’s No Need to Panic Over Trump’s New Denaturalization Office

Mar 5, 2020 The Trump administration is creating a new office of attorneys tasked with stripping immigrants of their U.S. citizenship. The task force will investigate and prosecute people it suspects fraudulently obtained citizenship by lying or omitting information on their applications. The Denaturalization Section will be housed in the Department of Justice Office of Immigration [..]

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Let’s talk this “Public Service charge” rule

First, let me share the good news. On Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, federal district courts in New York, California and Washington temporarily enjoined the Department of Homeland Security’s implementation of its Public Charge rule, which was slated to go into effect on October 15. The New York injunction also blocked the revised or new DHS [..]

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U.S Deportation Numbers going Up, Up, Up…

What could the ease and increasing U.S deportation numbers have to do with Trade? Nothing. Right? Here’s why you may be wrong. Mr. Kwame Nkrumah, is a proud man not only because he shares a name with a great African icon but also because despite his 2003 removal order, he had managed to make something [..]

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The 5 Things To Know About Voluntary Departure

Okey, what is Voluntary Departure (VD) again? – or Salida Voluntario en Espagnol? Voluntary departure occurs when you leave the U.S. on your own using your own money if no form of relief from removal is available to you (such as asylum, marriage-based adjustment of status, cancellation of removal, etc)

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Removal Order Reentry Bar Waiver by Joshua M. Reed

If you have a standing order of removal you may feel that you have no options for relief. Facing a lengthy bar on re-entry or inadmissibility (or simply put – being unable to lawfully return to the U.S), makes a standing order of removal even more difficult on those who have family in the United [..]

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Affirmative Asylum Case Status Updates Online

Applicants, beneficiaries, representatives and attorneys have been able to use this useful tool for real time updates for most pending cases except -dubiously- for Asylum cases or applications. However, you can now check the status of your Affirmative Asylum (Form I-589) case using USCIS’s online case status tool.

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Asylum One-Year-Deadline Noose Loosened

these immigrants,  the majority of whom may be potential asylum applicants (in fact, most are released upon expressing a positive fear of returning home) -fail to comply with the one-year-deadline. For years, this one-year-filing requirement has been the bane of their existence

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