What DACA Participants Should Do Now

The future of the DACA program has been uncertain even since the Trump administration attempted to rescind it on September 5th, 2017. At first, USCIS stopped accepting renewal applications, and many DACA participants were justifiably very worried about their future. Then, three separate federal courts issued orders in early 2018 for the program to continue Read more about What DACA Participants Should Do Now[…]

2019: Immigration Policy in Review & Our Hopes for 2020

As with the previous two years of the Trump administration, 2019 was a tough year for immigration advocates. Between news of ICE raids across major United States cities, deplorable conditions at detention facilities on the border, and a number of large-scale policy battles, immigrants in this country could really use a break. This year saw Read more about 2019: Immigration Policy in Review & Our Hopes for 2020[…]

FAQs for the Immigration Attorney: Our Answers

In our line of work, we answer a ton of immigration-related questions every month. Here are five questions we hear all the time, and their answers. What is conditional permanent residence? And how does it differ from legal permanent residence? Conditional residence mostly applies to marriage-based green cards. Because these marriages need to be tested Read more about FAQs for the Immigration Attorney: Our Answers[…]

Updates to the U.S. Naturalization Test for 2020: What Applicants Can Expect

For many permanent residents, the test for United States citizenship is one of the culminations of their life’s work. The test very rarely changes, and has been the same for the past decade. Last year,  USCIS naturalized over 750,000 people, the highest number in five years, with an overall pass rate of 90% for the Read more about Updates to the U.S. Naturalization Test for 2020: What Applicants Can Expect[…]

Recent Updates to the U-Visa Qualification Process

The U-Visa program is one of the greatest achievements of our immigration program. It helps to protect those who have been victims of crimes, while also helping police effectively prosecute these crimes with the help of a committed witness. Technically, U-visas are for victims of certain crimes who “have suffered mental or physical abuse and Read more about Recent Updates to the U-Visa Qualification Process[…]

Analyzing the Impact of the Final Rule on Public Charge Inadmissibility

For immigrants looking to apply for permanent residency sometime soon, the recent changes to the public charge designation are a serious concern. We already covered this topic when the issue was first brought up last year. In August of this year, the final rule was finalized and the policy will take effect October 15, 2019. Read more about Analyzing the Impact of the Final Rule on Public Charge Inadmissibility[…]

2020 Presidential Candidates and Their Proposed Immigration Policies

For immigration advocates, the past 3 years of the Trump administration have been unprecedented in the number and scale of anti-immigration changes that have been implemented. We have heard of everything from large-scale ICE raids in particular areas, to children being detained at the border and separated from their parents, to overhauls of legal paths Read more about 2020 Presidential Candidates and Their Proposed Immigration Policies[…]

I Need to File a Waiver (Unlawful presence, Criminal, Fraud, Smuggling). What Are My Chances?

Those who are officially deemed “inadmissible” to the United States and are seeking an immigrant visa or adjustment of status, must file USCIS Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility. But not everyone is eligible to apply for a waiver of inadmissibility—only certain types of applicants within each category qualify for applying (and Read more about I Need to File a Waiver (Unlawful presence, Criminal, Fraud, Smuggling). What Are My Chances?[…]