In a recent announcement, the Biden Administration announced it will be formalizing a rule to reinstate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This rule, once made into an official regulation, will help to protect hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children. It may also help to protect the program from legal challenges that have threatened to undermine it.
The Supreme Court of the United States has certified, in a 5-4 ruling, that the “Remain in Mexico” policy put into place during the previous presidential administration can end. The policy, which forced asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while awaiting hearings in immigration court, was kept in place after a lawsuit was filed by the State of Texas to keep the Biden Administration from ending it. With this ruling, the policy can finally end, allowing asylum seekers to cross the border once more to seek refuge in the United States.
The Supreme Court has refused to reinstate an immigration detention policy by the Biden Administration that would direct Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers to prioritize immigrants who threaten national security or public safety. The ruling comes after a decision by a Texas district court judge, who ruled that the policy violated federal law. The Department of Justice (DOJ) requested the policy be allowed to remain in place while the decision was being appealed, but the Supreme Court rejected their request.
A federal appeals court is set to hear an appeal from a Texas district court case that would, if upheld, invalidate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The case has many concerned about the fate of DREAMers, who might lose their legal status if the ruling is upheld. If that happens, it could have a profound impact on the immigration system, and have further consequences on the authority of the executive branch to handle immigration matters.
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.
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?
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the registration process to allow citizens of Ukraine and Sudan currently in the United States to register for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The registration for this process began on April 19, 2022, and applies to anyone from Ukraine that has lived continuously in the U.S. since at least April 11, 2022, as well as anyone from Sudan who has lived in the U.S. since March 1, 2022. People who want to benefit from TPS must file an application, and do not receive its protections automatically.
President Biden has announced that the United States will be accepting up to 100,000 refugees from Ukraine to assist with the humanitarian crisis going on in the country. The Biden Administration has also said that it is examining various legal pathways that could be offered for Ukrainians to help them get legal status in the United States. The announcement comes as the Russian invasion of Ukraine enters its second month, and increasingly civilians are displaced by combat.
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has begun to accept applications for the H-1B visa lottery for FY 2023. The lottery will run until March 18, 2022, during which time people will be able to apply for H-1B visas through USCIS’s online registration system. Anyone selected for this lottery will then be able to go forward with the process of getting H-1B visas, allowing them to legally come to the United States and work.
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.