October 25, 2019 Attorney General Barr decided, via a B.I.A. case called Matter of Castillo-Perez, that two or more DUI convictions during the required eligibility period creates a rebuttable presumption that the applicant lacks good moral character.
October 25, 2019 Attorney General Barr decides in Matter of Thomas and Thompson that a state-court order that modifies, clarifies, or alters the term of imprisonment or sentence associated with a conviction will have no legal effect unless it was based on a procedural or substantive defect in the underlying criminal proceeding.
October 15, 2019 Normally, public charge rules are applied most strictly in cases of people applying for immigrant visas or green cards. A new rule also, however, covers people in the U.S. with a temporary visa or status ("nonimmigrants") who would like to change or extend their status here.
October 15, 2019 Recent Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) decisions, which have been adopted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), apparently narrow the possibilities for who will be found eligible for SIJS.
Opportunities are ongoing for people to at least reclaim DACA status, and the election of Joe Biden is expected to create new opportunities for young people brought to the United States by their parents, without having knowingly violated U.S. immigration laws.
April 22, 2019 Nationals of countries with high visa overstay rates, especially people from certain African countries, might want to obtain a visa to travel to the U.S. as soon as possible, if they don’t have one already.
April 12, 2019. After a federal judge found that the U.S. government's "mass rescission of conditional approvals for parole of 2,714" children who'd been cleared to enter the U.S. under something called the Central American Minors Program (CAM) was "arbitrary and capricious," the government agreed to a historic settlement.
April 5, 2019 Due to ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary conditions in South Sudan, the country's Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation will be extended for another 18 months, through November 2, 2020.
March 1, 2020 A U.S. sponsor filling out Form I-864 must prove that his or her income or assets are high enough to support the intending immigrants; and the 2020 guidelines require higher than ever support levels.
March 19, 2019 The U.S. Supreme Court held that noncitizens with certain criminal convictions can be detained without the right to a bond hearing even if they have not reoffended and were not put into custody by immigration authorities for years after their offense.
March 12, 2019. The Trump administration has consented to halting the termination of Honduran TPS, at least until U.S. federal courts make decisions in various lawsuits that have been filed over the administration's string of TPS terminations.
March 1, 2019. Based on a court order, the U.S. government must maintain Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for immigrants from Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, and El Salvador. Thus USCIS has automatically extended EADs and other proof-of-status documents until January 2, 2020.
January 18, 2019 If you were an au pair in the U.S. on a J-1 visa between January 1, 2009, and October 28, 2018, keep an eye on the news and the email address you used then; lawyers may be in touch about your share of the settlement once it's finalized.
January 3, 2019. A few of the answers you'll need to supply to the 100 possible questions on the naturalization civics exam have changed, depending in part on where you live and who won recent elections in your state.