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Immigration Law


DHS announced on June 17, 2024 that it “will establish a new process to consider, on a case-by-case basis, requests for certain noncitizen spouses of U.S. citizens who have lived in the United States for 10 years or more; do not pose a threat to public safety or national security; are otherwise eligible to apply for adjustment of status; and merit a favorable exercise of discretion. If eligible, these noncitizens will be able to apply for lawful permanent residence without having to leave the United States…. Children of these spouses also will be eligible for this process.” Stepchildren also qualify under the new process, but the step relationship must have been created before the children reached 18 years of age.

“To be considered on a case-by-case basis for this process, an individual must:

• Be present in the United States without admission or parole;
• Have been continuously present in the United States for at least 10 years as of June 17, 2024; and
• Have a legally valid marriage to a U.S. citizen as of June 17, 2024.

Further information regarding eligibility and the application process, including a notice in the Federal Register, will be published in the near term. USCIS will reject any filings or individual requests received before the date when the application period begins later this summer.”

Automatic Extension of Work Permits for For Hong Kong residents

Hong Kong residents eligible for Deferred Enforced Departure are eligible for an automatic extension of employment authorization for 24 months, until Feb 5, 2025. See official USCIS notification here:
If you have any question, call USCIS 1-800-375-5283 or schedule an appointment at to confer with Attorney Jon Wu. He has been actively engaged in law practice since 1973!!

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