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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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Trump to establish National Vetting Center for immigrants

  © Getty Images President Trump is set to establish a “National Vetting Center” on Tuesday to improve the vetting process of individuals coming into the United States, according to a White House daily schedule. The national security memorandum Trump plans to sign will give the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other government agencies a [..]

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Affirmative Asylum Interview Scheduling

  Affirmative Asylum Interview Scheduling Starting January 29, 2018, the Asylum Division will give priority to the most recently filed affirmative asylum applications when scheduling asylum interviews. USCIS’ predecessor, the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), first established this interview scheduling approach as part of asylum reforms implemented in January 1995. This approach was in place [..]

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Recently Enacted State Immigration Laws

In the course of the first year under the Trump administration, states and localities have increasingly pursued immigration policies that serve the best interests of their own communities.

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Why and how U.S. Visas get Denied

This article is about why and how U.S. Visas get denied while others are granted. The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) establishes the types of visas available for travel to the United States and what conditions must be met before an applicant can be issued a particular type of visa. The situations which make a [..]

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Abandonment of Permanent Residency

  When has a lawful permanent resident abandoned residency by being out of the country for too long? There is no fixed period of time that will trigger abandonment, but LPRs are treated as seeking re-admission if they have been absent from the United States for a continuous period of longer than 180 days or [..]

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Visa Priority Dates Explained

At Musinguzi Law, we always start by clarifying that there are visa priority dates which reflect statutory limits to the number of foreign nationals and/or immigrants who may be granted U.S permanent residency (commonly known as, “Green Cards”) under all employment-based and most family-based categories.

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