Analyzing Biden’s Immigration Proposal

Former Vice President Biden’s proposed immigration policy stands in stark contrast with that of the Trump administration. Certainly, Biden’s record during the Obama administration was much friendlier and had reasonable policies. Progress was made, including the institution of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provided work permits and travel documents to over 600,000 Read more about Analyzing Biden’s Immigration Proposal[…]

COVID-19 and Immigration Applications Update

As expected, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused some serious disruptions to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) operations and the processing of immigration-related applications this year. Offices Reopening USCIS temporarily closed many of its offices on March 18th due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As of June 4th, many USCIS field offices and asylum offices Read more about COVID-19 and Immigration Applications Update[…]

USCIS Updates Policy on False Claims of U.S. Citizenship

The Trump administration and USCIS are becoming more strict about people falsely claiming they are United States citizens. As of April 24, 2020, the USCIS policy manual was updated to reflect how these cases should be treated going forward. Here is what you need to know. According to the USCIS announcement: “Under the law, an Read more about USCIS Updates Policy on False Claims of U.S. Citizenship[…]

DUI’s and How They Affect Different Immigration Applications

A Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charge is one of the most common serious offenses in the United States, with over 1.5 million arrests made for the offense every year. In addition to the court process of the DUI itself, a DUI can also have serious implications for a person’s immigration plans. First of all, Read more about DUI’s and How They Affect Different Immigration Applications[…]

How COVID-19 is Impacting Immigration Policy

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we are seeing a number of long-term implications for immigration policy. Here are some emerging issues you should be aware of. One of the biggest developments was the President’s proclamation from April, which effectively suspended immigration for many classes of applicants, citing the need to protect American jobs. We wrote Read more about How COVID-19 is Impacting Immigration Policy[…]

Supreme Court: DACA Program is Safe, For Now

After a long wait, the United States Supreme Court finally announced last week that it is blocking the Trump administration’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program. Immigrants and immigration advocates around the country have been eagerly awaiting the decision, and now it seems we are all finally receiving some (rare) good Read more about Supreme Court: DACA Program is Safe, For Now[…]

The President Just Suspended Legal Immigration to the United States: What You Need to Know

As you may have heard in the news, a couple of weeks ago President Trump made a declaration suspending many channels of legal immigration into the United States, effective as of April 23rd. It expires after 60 days, but “can be continued as necessary”. The President is unjustifiably using the pandemic as an excuse to Read more about The President Just Suspended Legal Immigration to the United States: What You Need to Know[…]

Criminal Waivers for Immigration: What You Need to Know

If you have committed crimes in the past, the fact is that you are going to have a hard time applying for permanent residency in the United States. With that being said, the system does allow applicants to file a Waiver of Inadmissibility, Form I-601, in hopes that your criminal history can be explained in Read more about Criminal Waivers for Immigration: What You Need to Know[…]

Recent Changes on Petitioning Relatives from Abroad

At the end of January, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services made an announcement about a change in how they will be accepting the popular form, Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative. The change was rolled out as a way to “increase efficiencies”. Basics on Form I-130 The form is used by United States citizens Read more about Recent Changes on Petitioning Relatives from Abroad[…]