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DACA Content Update on USCIS Website

After the protracted court battles concerning DACA, the dust seems to have finally settled somewhat. The Trump administration was dealt a severe blow earlier last summer when the Supreme Court ruled that the DACA program had not been properly rescinded, and ordered USCIS to continue accepting new and renewal DACA applications. DHS/USCIS, in essence, initially[…]

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USCIS Provides Greater Flexibility in Processing Work Authorization Requests for Asylum Applicants

USCIS is up to its old tricks again. It truly boggles the mind how they can announce a policy under the guise of providing “flexibility” when the reality is that their actions will negatively impact many thousands of people and provide additional anxiety and turmoil in their lives. Today, USCIS announced that they are removing[…]

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USCIS to Continue Processing Applications for Employment Authorization Extension Requests Despite Application Support Center Closures

USCIS continues to offer flexibility in light of COVID-19 disruptions to their operations. Today USCIS announced that they will continue processing EAD extension applications using previously submitted biometrics, given that all their offices are closed to the public and they cannot schedule nor conduct new biometrics appointments. Credit where credit is due – we welcome[…]

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USCIS to Deter Frivolous or Fraudulent Asylum Seekers from Obtaining Work Authorizations

Today, USCIS continued its unmitigated attack on immigrants and immigration, announcing another proposed rule seeking to greatly limit eligibility for applying for employment authorization. Essentially, those individuals who enter the United States without inspection will be ineligible to apply for employment authorization based on pending asylum applications, except in very limited circumstances.   A copy[…]

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USCIS Proposes Regulation to Eliminate 30-Day Timeframe for Adjudicating EADs for Asylum Applicants

On Monday, September 9, 2019, DHS will publish a notice of proposed rulemaking which would eliminate the mandatory 30-day timeline in which USCIS must adjudicate an application for employment authorization submitted by asylum applicants. DHS is also proposing to eliminate the provision requiring applications for renewal EADs to be submitted to USCIS 90 days prior[…]

H-4 Visa Holders to Receive Work Permission Soon. Finally! Seattle Globlist Reports

The Seattle Globalist reported on the significant immigration change to come soon for H-4 visa holders.  At the moment, work permission is not given to this visa category.  However, from May 26th, 2015- USCIS will start accepting applications for work authorization from H-4 visa holders.  It generally takes 90 days for a work authorization to[…]

Breaking news: Work permission for H4 visa holders- almost here!

Breaking news: H4 visa holders to get employment authorization and high-skilled immigrant retention proposals!   In the early hours of May 6, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security issued a press release proposing new regulations. Here is a summary: 1. H4 visa holders WILL get work authorization. The conditions will be that their H1b spouses have[…]

Immigration Reform: H4 Visa Holders- Have Your Voice Heard!

The bill for Comprehensive Immigration Reform is an overall positive bill and the Gang of Senators and all involved must be applauded for their efforts.  The Bill covers a lot of details.  Some of it was fought with much negotiation.  With that background, it is easy to see that some sacrifice and compromise is inevitable[…]

USCIS Redesigns Employment Authorization Document and Certificate of Citizenship

Copied from USCIS: Released Oct. 25, 2011 WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas today announced the launch of an enhanced Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and a redesigned Certificate of Citizenship (Form N-560) with new features to strengthen security and deter fraud. As part of USCIS’s ongoing efforts to enhance the[…]