Immigration News

Don't turn away refugees again

Dear Editor: Over the last four years, more than four million Syrians have had to flee their country; most never to return. They register with the United Nations refugee agency, and then wait in limbo for a country to accept them. They wait for two,…
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When will I have my asylum interview?

Many asylum applicants have been waiting for more than two years to be interviewed by an asylum officer. The long wait is stressful but applicants are also stressed by not knowing when to expect their interviews. Recently, USCIS has alleviated that s…
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Nepal is designated to Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

In June 2015, the Department of Homeland Security designated Nepal for Temporary Protected Status.  Citizens of Nepal, and people with no citizenship but whose habitual residence is Nepal, may apply for TPS if they were in the United States on June…
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Why do I have to return my three-year DACA approval and work authorization?

Some DACA recipients who were granted DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival) and Employment Authorization (EAD) for three years must return the Approval Notices and EAD Card to USCIS by July 17, 2015.  Only those people issued three year appro…
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I am a U.S. citizen; can I file for my parents?

U.S. citizens who are at least 21 years old may file immigrant petitions on behalf of their parents.  After a petition is granted, parents overseas have to attend an interview at a U.S. Consulate or U.S. Embassy in order to obtain lawful permanent r…

Why does it take so long to schedule an asylum interview?

The simple answer is that the Department of Homeland Security is overwhelmed with asylum applications.  As recently reported by the Washington Post, even asylum applicants fleeing the war in Syria are in legal limbo while they wait for more than a y…
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Can I get my Green Card without leaving the U.S.?

We are asked this question several times a week.  The answer, like so many in immigration law, is “it depends.”  Generally, people seeking lawful permanent residence (a “green card”) must be interviewed at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy.  How…

Deferred action for parents of U.S. citizens is not effective

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced new programs for undocumented people who have been living in the United States since 2010.  One program would allow parents of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents to obtain Deferred Action for…
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Syria Again Re-Designated and Extended for TPS for 18 Months

The Department of Homeland Security has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syrian citizens and residents from April 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016.  Syrians who already have TPS must file extension applications before March 6, 2015. The D…
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Deferred Action for DREAMers

In June, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it would offer deferred action for two years to certain young people who came to the U.S. as children and meet other eligibility criteria. Deferred action does not grant a person lawful stat…
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