Afghanistan Citizens Now Eligible For TPS Protections

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that it is offering Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Afghanistan citizens currently living in the United States, as of May 20, 2022. This will allow Afghanis currently residing in the U.S. without other legal status to apply for special protection. This will allow them to legally remain in the United States, and also apply for work authorization.

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What is the Difference Between Permanent Residency and Naturalization?

The immigration system can be incredibly complicated at times, and one particular point of confusion for many people is the difference between permanent residency and naturalization. However, the legal distinction is extremely important, and can have a significant impact on the potential consequences you may face if you ever find yourself in legal trouble. So what is the difference between being a permanent resident, and being a naturalized citizen?

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Afghan Refugees Struggle to Navigate American Immigration System

When the United States finished pulling its forces out of Afghanistan at the end of August 2021, it left many Afghan citizens afraid of what might happen with the American military no longer there to protect them. This led to a flood of hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees, many of whom sought refuge in the United States. However, after coming to America, they have found themselves mired in bureaucracy, struggling to obtain the legal status they need to remain in the country.

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DOJ Defends Asylum Seeker Expulsions Under Public Health Order

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has attracted criticism for defending a controversial 2020 executive order that prohibited some asylum seekers from being able to enter the country. This policy, which was implemented during the early stages of the COVID-19 epidemic, was put into place allegedly to prevent the spread of the disease, but critics say it has been harmful to asylum seekers. In a recent court case, the DOJ has defended the policy, arguing that it remains necessary to limit the spread of infection in immigration facilities. Continue reading “DOJ Defends Asylum Seeker Expulsions Under Public Health Order”

Supreme Court to Rule on Bail Hearings for Detained Immigrants

The United States Supreme Court has heard arguments in two cases involving immigrants that have been detained without a bail hearing for prolonged periods of time. The Court is weighing in on whether or not such prolonged detentions without a hearing are legal, and whether these immigrants are entitled to a hearing. While the arguments concern these two cases specifically, the Court’s ruling could impact thousands of immigrants currently being detained by American immigration authorities.

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USCIS Reverts to Prior Derivative Asylee Interview Policy

In accordance with two recent executive orders, the United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be reverting to its previous policy for interviewing “derivative asylees,” people who immigrate with their family members when they seek refugee or asylum status. This shift back to the old policy will significantly reduce the strain on the immigration system, helping to speed up the process for relatives of refugees and asylees seeking to join their loved ones in the United States. However, some people will still need to interview to be considered a derivative asylee.

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Case Quotas Policy Ended by Department of Justice

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that a “case quota” policy, put into place during the previous presidential administration, has been rescinded. This policy forced judges to dispose of cases much more quickly than they might have wanted, potentially leading to unjust outcomes. With the case quotas policy rescinded, judges are now less pressured to give final judgments on cases that may deserve closer scrutiny, helping to protect immigrants from potential injustice.

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DHS Announces New Guidelines for Immigration Enforcement

The Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, has announced new standards for the enforcement of immigration law in the United States.  These new standards will focus the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) so that it takes into account the totality of an immigrant’s circumstances when deciding whether to take an enforcement action against them. These new standards will go into effect on November 29, 2021.

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CDC Requires COVID-19 Vaccinations for Immigration Applicants

The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a new rule that will require anyone seeking permanent residency status or any immigrant visa to be fully vaccinated. This new rule is set to go into effect as of October 1, 2021, and will apply to both people currently living in the United States as well as anyone applying for an immigrant visa abroad. This new rule is aimed at curtailing the spread of the coronavirus, which continues to be a serious public health issue across the world.

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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”

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Temporary Protected Status Temporary Protected Status
We have extensive experience representing clients who are eligible for Temporary Protected Status
Permanent Residence Permanent Residence “Green Card”
We can help you get permanent residency (green card) through family-based immigrant visas and employment-based immigrant visas.
Deportation Deportation/Removal
We defend individuals who have been placed in removal/deportation proceedings.
Non-Immigrant Visas Non-Immigrant Visas
We help clients determine which visa category is right for them and assist them with the petition and visa processing.
Naturalization Naturalization (Citizenship)
We help clients in every step of the Naturalization process. From preparing to file, to the post-interview follow-ups, we provide clients with our legal services.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Appeals
We provide a detailed review of your case that was denied and prepare arguments using the facts and law to address the issues.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Waivers
We have extensive experience preparing waiver applications for clients who require a waiver to become a lawful permanent resident (green card holder)
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DREAMers”)
We have successfully handled hundreds of deferred action cases for “DREAMers” and continue to assist the next generation of young Americans.
Personal Injury Personal Injury
We represent clients who have been injured in auto accidents, premises liability (slip/trip and fall) cases, negligent supervision cases, dog bite cases, and construction accidents.
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We represent clients who are involved in court cases in a variety of matters such as family law, uncontested divorce, adoption, criminal defense, personal injury defense, and general litigation.

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