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 …

F-1 students from Venezuela and Syria can now apply to:

Gain employment authorization Work increased number of hours while school is in session Maintain F-1 status with reduced student course load Eligibility requirements: Citizen of Venezuela or Syria, regardless of country of birth. Lawfully in F-1 nonimmigrant status on April 22, 2021 Enrolled in a SEVP-certified academic institution Maintaining F-1 status currently Experiencing severe economic hardship as a direct result …

REAL STORY: “I was afraid to be deported, but my life was at risk”

Her name is Claudia Perez. She is from Honduras. For many years, her husband abused her. Fear of being deported was so great that she allowed the situation to continue, until one day the lives of her children were also at risk.  She decided to, and did, report it. Years earlier, when Claudia was 16 years old, she met Luis …

Legal Permanent Residents should avoid traveling outside the US

During the COVID-19 pandemic, travel restrictions can change quickly for both lawful permanent residents and others seeking to enter or return to the United States. If at all possible, traveling outside the United States should be avoided except in the most urgent situations. If you are a lawful permanent resident (LPR), you should keep the following concepts in mind when …

When Will the US Embassy Act on My Visa?

US Embassies Prioritize Visa Applications to Remedy Backlog The Covid-19 crisis has affected immigrant and nonimmigrant visas processing at U.S. Embassies and has created a backlog. The State Department is working to reduce this backlog by prioritizing visa categories. The highest priority is given to immigrant visa applications for U.S. immediate relatives, fiancé applicants and other family-sponsored applicants. Priority is …

Since the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) became available to Venezuelans and Burmans, many questions have arisen for the citizens of these countries, who previously filed for political asylum

One of the most common is: Does the asylum office act differently towards me if I have also applied for TPS or Deferred Deportation (DED)?  The answer is both “no” and “yes”. “No”, the asylum office does not process an asylum claim differently if the applicant had been granted DED or holds TPS.  Eligibility for asylum is not adversely influenced …

Burma has been designated for TPS

Syria extended till September 2022 Secretary of Homeland Security is designating Burma (Myanmar) for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. This new designation of Burma for TPS enables Burmese nationals (and individuals without nationality who last habitually resided in Burma) currently residing in the United States to file initial applications for TPS, so long as they meet eligibility requirements. …

Temporary Protected Status for Venezuelans

The Department of Homeland Security announced a Federal Register notice (FRN) designating Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, effective March 9, 2021, through Sept. 9, 2022. https://lnkd.in/gacaeis The FRN details the eligibility criteria applicants must meet and describes the procedures necessary to submit an initial TPS application and apply for an EAD. The FRN also provides information about …

Are you a national of Liberia or Venezuela?

The Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) status allows citizens from Liberia, and soon, Venezuela, to remain in the country for the time established in the Federal Register and with the option to obtain work authorization. The DED is a temporary migratory benefit for individuals from designated countries and regions, facing political or civic conflict or natural disaster to stay in the …