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  • New USCIS Form Editions (Form I-601A, G-325A, & I-907)

    New USCIS Form Editions (Form I-601A, G-325A, & I-907)

    On November 13, 2023, USCIS released a new edition of the Form I-601A, Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver. The new edition is the 08/31/21. You can find the edition date of a form on the bottom of the page. See uscis.gov/forms/forms-update for information about updates to USCIS forms. On October 31, 2023, USCIS announced…

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  • I-94

    I-94

    What is a Form I-94? Form I-94 is the DHS Arrival/Departure Record issued to aliens who are admitted to the U.S., whoare adjusting status while in the U.S. or extending their stay, among other things Foreign visitors to the U.S. no longer need to complete paper Customs and Border Protection Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record or…

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  • USCIS.gov Website Down

    USCIS.gov Website Down If you are having a hard time accessing some of the tools or pages on the USCIS website (www.uscis.gov), you are not alone. The website is partially down and some of USCIS’ online tools are temporarily down for maintenance until later today, Thursday, November 2, 2023, at 2PM Eastern Standard Time. See…

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  • Drug Convictions Still The Most Common Reason Legal Residents Get Deported From the U.S.

    Drug Convictions Still The Most Common Reason Legal Residents Get Deported From the U.S.

    As shown in the charts below, criminal convictions for drug offenses are still the primary reason that legal permanent resident are ordered removed from the United States. These are based on the most recent data available from the Department of Justice, Executive Office of Immigration Review. 2021 2020 2019

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  •  540-Day Automatic Extension Rule Ends Today

     540-Day Automatic Extension Rule Ends Today

     540-Day Automatic Extension Rule Ends October 26, 2023 On May 3, 2022, USCIS announced a Temporary Final Rule (TFR) increasing the automatic extension period for certain Employment Authorization Document (EAD) renewal applications to up to 540 days. The TFR ends today, October 26, 2023. Eligible applicants who filed before October 26, 2023 will receive the 540-day extension.  Eligible applicants who…

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  • Convention Against Torture (CAT)

    Convention Against Torture (CAT)

    As per international and U.S. law, the principle is clear that an individual cannot be returned to a country where they are likely to be subjected to torture. US law has created a legal process specifically designed to comply with the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment…

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  • Withholding of Removal

    Withholding of Removal

    For nearly a century, the United States has upheld a fundamental promise: no person shall be deported to a country where they would face persecution. In line with laws enacted to honor this commitment, tens of thousands of individuals seek protection in the United States each year. The majority of these individuals apply for asylum.…

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  • Respondent With A Pending Appeal of a Criminal Conviction Does Not Have a Criminal Conviction

    Respondent With A Pending Appeal of a Criminal Conviction Does Not Have a Criminal Conviction

    The Board of Immigration Appeals published a decision holding that when a respondent has a pending appeal under section 460.30 of the New York Criminal Procedure Law the criminal conviction his not yet final and therefore the respondent has not been “convicted” as defined by INA §1101(a)(48)(A). Matter of Brathwaite Matter of Brathwaite, 28 I&N…

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  • Applying For U.S. Citizenship

    Applying For U.S. Citizenship

    form n-400 Review the application (Form N-400) instructions Complete the naturalization application, Form N-400 Pay filing fee Form N-400 All applicants must send the following 3 items with their N-400 application: □ Permanent Resident CardA photocopy of both sides of your Permanent Resident Card (formerly known as the Alien Registration Card or “Green Card”). If…

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  • U.S. Immigration Law Acronyms

    Acronyms ACC Assistant Chief Counsel Government attorneys that represent the Department of Homeland Security, ICE at EOIR removal proceedings. A Number A File “A” Number or “A” File is short for alien number or alien file. Every foreign national inside of the United States who has had contact with USCIS, ICE, or CBP will be…

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  • ESTABLISHING EXTREME HARDSHIP

    ESTABLISHING EXTREME HARDSHIP

    A. Totality of the Circumstances The officer must make extreme hardship determinations based on the factors, arguments, and evidence submitted. Therefore, the officer should consider any submission from the applicant bearing on the extreme hardship determination. The officer may also consider factors, arguments, and evidence relevant to the extreme hardship determination that the applicant has…

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  • The Convention Against Torture

    WHAT IS THE CONVENTION AGAINST TORTURE (CAT)? You may have seen or heard the term CAT in connection to the asylum process, but what is it? Introduction The first step in seeking asylum protection in the U.S. is to file an I-589 asylum application. On the Form I-589 asylum application there is a little checkbox…

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