J-1 Visa

Posted by Ally Bolour | Dec 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program By Angela Filippi (Law Clerk) If you are enrolled in a college or university, or you are a graduate, you may be eligible for a J-1 Visa. The J-1 visa gives you the opportunity to intern or get training in the US, for a U.S. company, for a certain period of tim...

Farm workforce Modernization Act - H2A visas

Posted by Alexander Carl | Dec 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

The farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019, or H.R. 5038, aims to modernize the H2A system for foreign national farmworkers here in the U.S. The bill contains provisions related to alien farmworkers, including provisions establishing a certified agricultural worker (CAW) status and changing the...

DUI Convictions - Good Moral Character

Posted by Alexander Carl | Dec 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

DUI Convictions - Good Moral Character: The attorney General recently ruled that evidence of two or more convictions for driving under the influence during the relevant period of Good Moral Character establishes a rebuttable presumption that the alien lacks good moral character during that time....

Asylum - Wait Times

Posted by Scott A. Emerick | Dec 09, 2019 | 0 Comments

Vast Differences in Asylum Wait Times In January 2018 USCIS changed its policy on scheduling interviews for affirmative asylum applications.  Their current policy is to schedule for interviews, applications that were filed the most recently – referred to as the “last in, first out” rule.  Previo...

Immigration Detention

Posted by Ally Bolour | Dec 06, 2019 | 0 Comments

Immigration Jails And Their Treatment Of Migrant Children In Their Custody Details have emerged on the death of one of the victims of  Trump's “zero tolerance” policy  https://time.com/5745205/death-u-s-custody-carlos-hernandez-vasquez/.    Carlos Hernandez, a 16-year old boy from Guatemala, die...

Visa Denial based on INA 212(a)(3)(B)

Posted by Ally Bolour | Dec 04, 2019 | 0 Comments

Not every denial of a U.S. visa application for an Iranian citizen is related to Trump's travel ban.  Some applicants simply fail to pass the extensive background checks in place well before Trump took office.  These background checks apply to visa applicants from all over the world. Whether just...

Immigration Court Backlogs

Posted by Ally Bolour | Nov 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

TRAC – a Syracuse University independent project that compiles data on immigration court (EOIR) dockets released its most recent report in late 2019.  The findings are brutal for the Trump Administration.  Since 2017, EOIR backlogs have increased from 542,411 cases to over one million.  Depending...

Public Charge and Health Care

Posted by Alexander Carl | Nov 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

The fight to block President Trumps's new requirement that prospective immigrants seeking visas prove they can get or pay for their own health insurance continues. Lawyers for seven people urged a federal judge this past Friday to continue to block this new requirement. The new requirement is ce...

Petition to Remove Conditions for Permanent Residency (Form I-751)

Posted by Scott A. Emerick | Nov 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

First, you must apply for a green card. If your marriage is less than two years old at the time the green card is granted, you receive conditional residency. This conditional residency requires that you apply to remove the conditions when you have had conditional residency for two years. You must submit form I-751 and joint documents to prove that the marriage is legitimate. This process is time consuming and stressful.....

Travel Ban

Posted by Alexander Carl | Nov 08, 2019 | 0 Comments

As one of his first official acts, Donald Trump delivered on a campaign promise to ban citizens of certain countries from gaining entry to the U.S. by his Presidential Proclamation 9645, titled “Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry into the United States by T...

Visa Waiver Program

Posted by Alexander Carl | Nov 07, 2019 | 0 Comments

The visa waiver program is a security partnership program between the United States and a designated country.  A country designated under the Visa Waiver Program allows citizens of that country to apply online for authorization to travel to the United States through the Electronic System for Trav...

Employment Authorization Extension

Posted by Alexander Carl | Nov 05, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Automatically Extends Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) for Six TPS-Designated Countries: AILA notes, that DHS is automatically extending the validity of certain EADs issued under the TPS designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nica...

Extension of TPS for 6 countries

Posted by Alexander Carl | Nov 04, 2019 | 0 Comments

Today, as reported by AILA, USCIS Published Notice Extending Validity of TPS-Related Documentation for Six Countries.  This notice came in the Federal Registration and stated that, in compliance with court orders issued as part of an ongoing litigation, DHS is automatically extending the validity...

Petition for Alien Relative (Form I-130)

Posted by Alexander Carl | Oct 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

On October 30, 2019 USCIS announced that it will allow Form I-130 (Petition for Alien Relative) to be filed online. This will provide clients and attorneys the ability to track their case status online, pay the form fee online, communicate with USCIS through a secure inbox, and respond to Request...

TPS (Temporary Protected Status) Extension

Posted by Alexander Carl | Oct 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

AILA has reported the Trump Administration Extends TPS Work Permits for El Salvadorans Through January 2021 The announcement came yesterday, October 28, 2019.  DHS (The Department of Homeland Security) announced that the Trump administration is extending validity of work permits for Salvadorians...

Public Charge and New Forms

Posted by Alexander Carl | Oct 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

AILA has noted that an advanced copy of the Department of State's final rule to align their public charge standards with those of the Department of Homeland Security has been made available.  The interim final rule will be published in the Federal Registrar on October 11, 2019 and will be effecti...

Visa Reciprocity Updates

Posted by Alexander Carl | Oct 08, 2019 | 0 Comments

Department of State updated the visa reciprocity schedule for many countries.  Effective October 7, 2019.  Follow the link below for specific information and changes.  https://www.aila.org/File/Related/19010875ao.pdf

Public Charge Rule

Posted by Alexander Carl | Oct 07, 2019 | 0 Comments

Today, AILA filed a lawsuit to enjoin USCIS from moving forward with its plan to stop accepting certain forms related to the new public charge rule if postmarked on or after October 15, 2019, despite the fact that  it has failed to publish necessary revised and new forms. The suit filed by AILA,...

Immigration and Racism

Posted by Ally Bolour | Aug 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

By:  Molly Kleinman Summer Intern The first weekend of August saw two horrific acts of violence. The first, a shooting in an El Paso mall, left 22 people dead and the second, which took place in Ohio, killed nine people.             The El Paso shooting seems to have been motivated by whit...

Immigraiton Public Charge Rules

Posted by Alexander Carl | Aug 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Immigration and Public Charge By:  Molly Z. Kleinman, Summer Intern Bolour Immigration Group "Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." Anyone who listened to or watched the news recently, has undoubtedly heard those words. On Monday, August 12, the Tr...

Immigration and Economy

Posted by Alexander Carl | Aug 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

By:  Molly Kleinman Summer Intern When the economy is in trouble, as it often is, people want to find an easy answer. Often times, this comes at the expense of persecuted individuals, such as immigrants. But despite myths surrounding immigrants-both legal and illegal-they are actually a boon to...

US Immigration - L-Visas

Posted by Alexander Carl | Aug 02, 2019 | 0 Comments

Work Visa:  L-1 visas are a specialized type of temporary work visa that allow a multinational company to transfer employees from their overseas Office to their company's affiliated office located within the United States.  When considering an L visa, you should first ask yourself if yo...

On Immigration - AILA says it Best!

Posted by Alexander Carl | Aug 02, 2019 | 0 Comments

Severe USCIS case processing delays are causing hardship for millions of individuals, families, and American businesses throughout the country. Among other impacts, such delays prolong the separation of families, make U.S. businesses less competitive, endanger vulnerable protection seekers, and s...

Democratic Debate II - Immigration Plans - Day 2 -

Posted by Ally Bolour | Jul 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

Wednesday, July 31, CNN will host the second night of the Second Democratic Debate. Below is a list of Wednesday's candidates as well as a brief overview of their immigration policies. Please note these lists are not comprehensive. More detailed information can be found on each candidates' respec...

Democratic Debate II - Immigration Plans - Day 1 -

Posted by Ally Bolour | Jul 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

Tuesday, July 30, CNN will host the first night of the Second Democratic Debate. Below is a list of Tuesday's candidates as well as a brief overview of their immigration policies. Please note these lists are not comprehensive. More detailed information can be found on each candidates' respective ...

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