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Immigration Law

Biden Is President. What’s Next for DACA?

Under Biden, the federal government is once again supporting the preservation of DACA.

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Freezes on Immigration Court Fee Increases

The Trump administration moved to substantially increase the filing fees in immigration court. These new fees were intended to take effect on January 19th, 2021. However, U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta has temporarily halted some of the fee increases.
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Green Cards Are Available for Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents

What are Numerical Limitations on Visas, and What Do They Mean for Me?
Every year, the United States only issues a fixed, predetermined number of Visas in each category for each country. There are a few groups that are exempt from these numerical limitations, including immediate relatives of U.S. citizens, refugees, special immigrants, and some beneficiaries of the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act. However, the spouses and children of Permanent Residents are subject to numerical restrictions.
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What Is Going on with Temporary Protected Status?

I Have Temporary Protected Status. Am I Going to Lose it?

The Trump administration has taken steps to end the Temporary Protected Status designation for people from the following countries: El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan. Currently, the result of these efforts is unclear, as multiple court cases and appeals surrounding the decision are still pending.

For now, due to an order from a California district court, work authorization for all individuals from the above countries with TPS is extended through October 4th, 2021, as long as the recipients of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) properly followed all renewal procedures. (more…)

Health Care Requirement for Potential Immigrants

Is There a New Rule About Immigrant Health Insurance?

On October 4, 2019, President Trump issued a proclamation requiring people applying for an immigrant visa to demonstrate that they will have health care within 30 days of their arrival in the United States or that they have the funds necessary to pay medical expenses.

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Travel Restrictions!! The Effects of the Covid-19 Travel Ban

Can I Apply to Come to the U.S. to Work?

President Trump issued a proclamation in April 2020 seriously restricting which foreign workers may apply to work in the United States for the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic. He has since extended this proclamation multiple times. Travel restrictions that were set to expire are now extended to March 2021.

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DACA Is Back

The Trump administration has repeatedly attempted to dismantle DACA. However, thanks to a decision from Judge Nicholas George Garaufis on November 14, 2020, DACA is back.

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