Application for Employment Authorization

Posted by Alexander Carl | Mar 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it will reuse previously submitted biometrics in order to process valid Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, extension requests due to the temporary closure of Application Support Centers (ASC) to the public in response to ...

USCIS Office(s) closure

Posted by Alexander Carl | Mar 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

USCIS announced that it is suspending in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and Application Support Centers (ASCs) in response to COVID-19. The suspension is effective March 18 until at least April 1. Those needing assistance with emergency services should call the USCIS Contac...

Naturalization - continuous residency

Posted by Alexander Carl | Mar 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

An applicant for naturalization generally must have resided continuously in the United States after his or her lawful permanent resident (LPR) admission for at least 5 years1 prior to filing the naturalization application (residence must continue until the applicant is naturalized). Under the law...

ICE statement on COVID-19

Posted by Alexander Carl | Mar 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

Currently, there are no detainees in ICE custody with confirmed COVID-19. As a precautionary measure to protect the aliens in our care and others, ICE is temporarily suspending social visitation in all of its detention facilities. ICE does not conduct enforcement operations at medical facilities,...

Coronavirus and screening for immigrants

Posted by Alexander Carl | Mar 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

USCIS encourages all those, including aliens, with symptoms that resemble Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (fever, cough, shortness of breath) to seek necessary medical treatment or preventive services. Such treatment or preventive services will not negatively affect any alien as part of a fu...

Marijuana and Immigration Benefits

Posted by Alexander Carl | Mar 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

California, like many states in the U.S., has legalized marijuana.  The use and sale of marijuana under Federal Law, however, remains illegal. Immigration is governed by Federal Law.  As such, possessing, using or selling marijuana can make a noncitizen of the U.S. inadmissible, deportable, or in...

H-2B Visas - Frequently Ask Questions

Posted by Alexander Carl | Mar 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced that it intends to make available 35,000 supplemental H-2B temporary non-agricultural worker visas for the second half of fiscal year (FY) 2020, and that of these 35,000 visas, 20,000 would be made available for employment start da...

H-2B Visas - 35,000 Supplemental Visas

Posted by Alexander Carl | Mar 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

Today, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it will take necessary anti-fraud and abuse measures to protect the integrity of the H-2B visa program and also make available 35,000 supplemental H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas for the second half of fiscal year (FY) 2020. Th...

H-2B Visa Program Violations

Posted by Alexander Carl | Mar 05, 2020 | 0 Comments

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR INVESTIGATION FINDS TENNESSEE LANDSCAPING COMPANY VIOLATED H-2B VISA PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS ROCKVALE, TN – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Outdoors Unlimited Inc. – a landscaping company based in Rockvale, Tennessee – ...

TPS - Yemen

Posted by Alexander Carl | Mar 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

USCIS announced it is extending the designation of Yemen for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months from 3/4/20 through 9/3/21. The re-registration period runs from 3/2/20 through 5/1/20. 

Denaturalization

Posted by Alexander Carl | Mar 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

According to the USCIS Policy Manuel A person is subject to revocation of naturalization if: A) A person is subject to revocation of naturalization if he or she procured naturalization illegally. Procuring naturalization illegally simply means that the person was not eligible for naturaliza...

New Public Charge Rule

Posted by Ally Bolour | Feb 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

On February24, 2020, USCIS will impose the new Public Charge rules on most immigration applications based on inadmissibility ground under INA section 212(a)(4). A new Form I-944 must be submitted with all applications so the government may determine if an applicant is inadmissible.   Under these...

March 2020 Visa Bulletin

Posted by Alexander Carl | Feb 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Department of State posted the March 2020 visa bulletin. In addition to final action dates and dates for filing, it includes notes on the DV category, oversubscription of the worldwide, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Philippines employment-based third and third other worker cat...

USCIS - Form I-944 - Adjustment of Status

Posted by Alexander Carl | Feb 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

Beginning February 24th, the Department of Homeland Security will begin to implement the new Public Charge Rule for inadmissibility.  This same date, USCIS is also requiring that the newest version of certain forms be filed.  If the latest edition is not filed, the case will be rejected. The new...

Asylum - Landownership

Posted by Alexander Carl | Feb 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

BIA Rules on Establishing Particular Social Group Based on Landownership.  The BIA ruled that landowner status does not automatically render membership into a particular social group for asylum and withholding of removal, and landowners and landowners who resist drug cartels in Guatemala are not ...

Public Charge Rule - New Forms

Posted by Alexander Carl | Feb 06, 2020 | 0 Comments

USCIS announced yesterday that, due to the implementation of the public charge final rule, beginning February 24, 2020 it will only accept new editions for many of its forms. The new edition forms include many relevant to our humanitarian based cases:  Form I-485, Application to Reg...

E-2 visas (Investment Visa) - Israel

Posted by Alexander Carl | Feb 05, 2020 | 0 Comments

E-2 visa category is available to citizens and nationals of Israel as of May 1, 2019.   All Israeli companies seeking E-visas for their owners or employees must apply at the Branch Office in Tel Aviv and establish that the trading enterprise or investment meets the requirements. The company and ...

Coronavirus Proclamation

Posted by Alexander Carl | Feb 04, 2020 | 0 Comments

Brief summary of the affective provisions of the Proclamation https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspension-entry-immigrants-nonimmigrants-persons-pose-risk-transmitting-2019-novel-coronavirus/ and DHS/HHS/CDC announced implementation of the Proclamation: https://www.you...

Travel Ban Expansion

Posted by Scott A. Emerick | Feb 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

President Trump expanded the travel ban on January 31 to include the countries of Nigeria, Eritrea, Sudan, Tanzania, Kyrgyzstan, and Myanmar.  Nationals from Nigeria, Myanmar, Eritrea, and Kyrgyzstan will be prevented from obtaining immigrant visas to the United States while those from Sudan and ...

Facts about Immigrating on a Marriage-Based Visa and Immigration-Related Options for Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence and Other Crimes

Posted by Alexander Carl | Jan 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

Facts about Immigrating on a Marriage-Based Visa and Immigration-Related Options for Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence and Other Crimes  How does the marriage-based immigration process work? The marriage-based immigration process involves several steps to obtain legal immigration status in...

Detention - Immigration

Posted by Scott A. Emerick | Jan 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

A recent NPR article reported that GEO, a for profit prison company, had renewed a contract with the Federal Government to operate its immigration detention facility in Adelanto, CA.  The contract also provided for an expansion of the facility.  The contract coincides with an increasing detention...

F1 visas - Options if you have fallen out of status

Posted by Scott A. Emerick | Jan 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

Options for F-1 Students Who Have Fallen Out of Status  F-1 nonimmigrant visas are used by many to enter and study in the United States.  However, traversing immigration law and the school's admission system isn't always easy and sometimes results in the student falling out of status.  However, ...

Trump’s Executive Order - Iran Sanctions

Posted by Ally Bolour | Jan 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

President's Executive Order – Imposing Sanctions with Respect to Additional Sectors of Iran  By: Angela Filippi Law Clerk – Bolour/Carl Immigration Group  On January 10th 2020, President D. Trump issued an Executive Order (EO) imposing new sanctions on Iran after the recent Iran's missile atta...

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