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Why Worry About Slip and Fall Accidents?

To those that do not have experience with them, slip and fall accidents (which are also known as trip and fall accidents) can seem almost comical. However, victims of these sorts of accidents may learn just how serious they can be, and how much of an impact they can have on someone’s life. Here are some of the reasons you should watch out if you or someone you love is injured in a slip and fall accident: Continue reading “Why Worry About Slip and Fall Accidents?”

DOJ and DHS Propose New Rule to Improve Asylum Process

In a new proposed rule issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Biden Administration has announced that it will be looking to change the procedure for adjudicating asylum claims. This new rule would, in theory, make it much easier for asylum applicants to receive legal immigration status, speeding up their cases within the immigration system. It would also grant parole to asylum applicants much more often, allowing them to live legally in the United States outside of a detention facility. Continue reading “DOJ and DHS Propose New Rule to Improve Asylum Process”

TPS Registration Period Extended for Venezuela, Burma, and Syria

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that it is extending the registration period for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for people from Burma, Syria, and Venezuela. This will extend the original 180-day registration period to 18 months, giving people from these countries three times as long to begin the process of seeking TPS protections. However, anyone who does want these protections should not wait long, just in case they miss out on their opportunity to obtain Temporary Protected Status. Continue reading “TPS Registration Period Extended for Venezuela, Burma, and Syria”

US Citizenship Extended to Children Born From ART

United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it is revising its definitions for whether a child would be considered a citizen based on their parentage. The new definitions will now extend to children who are born with Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), allowing them to gain American citizenship from their parents. For some children, this will allow them for the first time to obtain American citizenship they would have had previously if they were not born through ART. Continue reading “US Citizenship Extended to Children Born From ART”

Federal Judge Rules DACA Unconstitutional

A federal court judge has ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is unconstitutional, putting it and every immigrant that has benefitted from it into jeopardy. The ruling, issued on Friday, July 16, may potentially impact thousands of people who would otherwise have been eligible for DACA protection. However, it is not necessarily over yet for DACA, as the decision may yet be appealed. Continue reading “Federal Judge Rules DACA Unconstitutional”

HHS Set to Use Pandemic Funds for Unaccompanied Children

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced that money originally allocated for dealing with the pandemic will be reallocated to assist with pandemic-related issues involving unaccompanied migrant children. The move will reallocate around $860 million to deal with additional costs related to helping unaccompanied children who came across the border before and during the pandemic. This is intended to help ensure their safety, and pay for additional costs for sheltering them. Continue reading “HHS Set to Use Pandemic Funds for Unaccompanied Children”

POTUS Restores Prosecutorial Discretion in Immigration Cases

In a recently issued memorandum, President Biden restored the prosecutorial discretion of immigration attorneys working for Immigration and Customs Services (ICE). The memo restores the ability of ICE attorneys to prosecute or administratively close cases, and urges them to consider “humanitarian factors” that might impact the case. This memo comes at a time when an unprecedented number of immigration cases now sit before courts across the country. Continue reading “POTUS Restores Prosecutorial Discretion in Immigration Cases”

USCIS Set to Grant Work Permits to U Visa Holders

United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it will be creating a program to allow people with U Visas to more easily apply for work permits. This program will enable U Visa holders to legally work in the United States, allowing them to sustain themselves while in the country. It will also help to protect U Visa holders from exploitation, which is significant because they are among the most vulnerable members of the immigrant population. Continue reading “USCIS Set to Grant Work Permits to U Visa Holders”

DHS Announces TPS Status for Burmese and Haitian Nationals

The United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it is allowing Burmese and Haitian nationals to apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). These nationals, if they meet the specified criteria, will be able to legally reside within the United States so long as they have TPS. However, anyone in the U.S. who hails from Myanmar (the modern name for Burma) or Haiti must apply before the 180 day application window ends, or else miss out on their opportunity. Continue reading “DHS Announces TPS Status for Burmese and Haitian Nationals”

USCIS Institutes New Immigrant Visa Priority System

United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) has instituted a new immigrant visa priority system that will affect how immigrant visas are processed. This new system is intended to help sort through a backlog of immigrant visa applications, which has grown to an extraordinary size due to COVID-19. It is also meant to help those who have been most negatively impacted by the immigration backlog, by ensuring their visa applications are processed more quickly. Continue reading “USCIS Institutes New Immigrant Visa Priority System”