June 2021 Newsletter

Employment Authorization for U-visa Petitioners This month was looking pretty uneventful in terms of immigration news, and then we got a major announcement. USCIS issued an important policy update that provides new protections to U-visa applicants (both principal and derivative) with pending cases. Effective immediately, upon initial review of Form I-918 petitions, USCIS will issue Read more about June 2021 Newsletter[…]

Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence, You Have Options!

Despite all the progress that has been made in addressing crimes of domestic violence, these types of crimes are still some of the most underreported. This is even more true for instances of domestic violence in which the suffering party depends on the abuser to obtain their legal residency in the United States. That need Read more about Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence, You Have Options![…]

How A U-Visa Can Help You If You Are the Victim of a Crime

The U NonImmigrant Visa was created by Congress in 2000 as a part of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (including the Battered Immigrant Women’s Protection Act). Its main purpose is to help ensure a safe lawful status for noncitizens who are victims of certain crimes, including domestic violence, felonious assault, sexual assault Read more about How A U-Visa Can Help You If You Are the Victim of a Crime[…]

How Long Will My Immigration Application Take to Be Processed?

The past year has been one of the messiest years in immigration document processing we have ever seen. Between the Trump administration’s constant discouragement of immigration applications, and USCIS’s own issues with budget shortfalls and COVID-19 shutdowns, application processing times have suffered. Now, with President Biden in office, there is a push to get things Read more about How Long Will My Immigration Application Take to Be Processed?[…]

Immigration Week in Congress and an End to the Green Card Freeze

With President Biden in his second month in office, things continue to change daily on the immigration front. The biggest thing happening this month is the attempt to pass several bills during the week of March 15th, dubbed “immigration week” by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. A Comprehensive Immigration Bill vs. Several Smaller Bills In his Read more about Immigration Week in Congress and an End to the Green Card Freeze[…]