TPS Designation for HAITI!

On May 26, 2021, the USCIS Public Engagement Division recently sent its email stating: On May 22, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced a new 18-month designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti. The effective date will be the date of publication of an upcoming Federal Register notice (FRN). This new TPS designation will enable Haitian nationals …

WAITING ON THE MEXICAN BORDER!

Since reversing the prior administration’s inhumane border policy barring asylum applicants from refuge in the United States during the pendency of their claims, the US government has been working to eliminate the many problems the sudden influx of asylees on the border. One of the program changes is called the Migrant Protection Protocols which authorizes those who had been waiting …

President’s Executive Order Restoring America’s Welcome to Immigrants

The President has issued an Executive Order which changes the policy direction of the Federal agencies which implement the immigration system. This order, issued February 2, 2021, has already had changed policy in substantial ways, including the recent reversion of the plan to modify the Naturalization Civics test in ways that would have meant substantially more denials, based on a …

4th Circuit Affirms Blocking of Trump Executive Order on Refugees

Today, January 8, 2021, the US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit affirmed the preliminary injunction of the Maryland US District Court blocking the President’s Executive Order 13,888 attempting to create an “opt-in” system requiring that both a state and a locality provide their affirmative consent before refugees will be resettled there, thereby substantially burdening and blocking the settlement …

Re-Starting DACA – Filing as a Dreamer!

Thanks to recent court action, those who are eligible under the original DACA rules can now file new applications, despite the President’s executive order attempting to terminate the program. To do so, forms I-821, I-765, I-765WS must be filed with a $495 filing fee to the appropriate address. Substantial documentary evidence of eligibility must also be provided or the application …

EMPLOYERS: How to Fill out or Update your Foreign Worker I-9s

Every US employer must maintain USCIS Form I-9 for their US based employees, whether US Citizens, legal permanent residents or foreign workers. But for foreign workers, whose work authorization may be term limited, it is necessary to track and update that form when it expires. NEW HIRES: The work authorization document needs to be listed in Section 2 of the …

Extension of TPS Until October 4, 2021!

The Department of Homeland Security is finally acting (on December 9, 2020) to comply with a court injunction affecting TPS holders for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, Honduras and Nepal, automatically extending their TPS status and work authorizations through October 4, 2021. Those people with expiring driver’s licenses should be able to obtain a necessary extension of their licenses until …

4th Circuit Further Defines Family Asylum Group

A comprehensive decision, Sandra Hernandez-Cartagena v. William Barr (https://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/opinions/191823.P.pdf) by the 4th Circuit overturning and remanding a denial of asylum by an immigration judge, affirmed by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), affirms the legitimacy of a family unit as an appropriate social group for asylum protection. The Fourth Circuit found that the BIA’s decision denying the asylum claim was …

CHANGE OF ADDRESS!!!

IBLF has now changed its physical address from 1915 Eye Street NW – Fifth floor to a location just down the street on Farragut Square, same zip code (20006) on the 4th floor of the legendary Barr Building — 910 17th Street, Suite 408. Please note that this building has nothing to do with the current attorney general (William Barr) …

PROPOSED New USCIS Fees (Oct 2, 2020) – NOT IN EFFECT DUE TO COURT INJUNCTION

Immigration benefit request Current fee $ Final fee $ Change ($) Percentage change I-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card (online filing) 455 405 −50 −11 I-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card (paper filing) 455 415 −40 −9 I-102 Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Document 445 485 40 9 I-129 Petition for a Nonimmigrant worker 460 N/A N/A N/A …