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  • Form I-693 Report of Immigration Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, Valid Indefinitely

    Form I-693 Report of Immigration Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, Valid Indefinitely

    A Form I-693 filed on or after November 1, 2023, will not expire and can be used indefinitely. A Form I-693 filed prior to November 1, 2023, continues to retain evidentiary value but expires two (2) years from the date of the civil surgeon’s signature.

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  • The Illogical Immigration Consequences of Drug Convictions

    The Illogical Immigration Consequences of Drug Convictions

    A conviction for a drug offense can have outsized legal consequences when it comes to obtaining employment, licensing, access to benefits and finding housing. Outside of the law it can have serious consequences In some cases minor marijuana offenses could result in eviction or the loss of employment or parental rights. These consequences can effect…

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  • USCIS Policy Alert: Family-Based Conditional Permanent Residents

    USCIS Policy Alert: Family-Based Conditional Permanent Residents

    USCIS Policy Alert, PA-2023-33, dated December 12, 2023https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/document/policy-manual-updates/20231212-Family-BasedCPRs.pdf U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding family-based conditional permanent residents. The update clarifies what noncitizens must do to change the basis of filing in cases of waivers based on battery or extreme cruelty. It also clarifies that if…

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  • Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA)

    Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA)

    the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) eliminated key defenses against deportation and subjected many more immigrants, including legal permanent residents, to detention and deportation. It made it much more difficult for refugees to apply for asylum.

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  • Affirmative Asylum Applicants Must Provide Interpreters Starting September 13, 2023

    Affirmative Asylum Applicants Must Provide Interpreters Starting September 13, 2023

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that affirmative asylum applicants must bring an interpreter to their asylum interview if they are not fluent in English or wish to proceed with their interview in a language other than English, starting September 13, 2023. Sign language interpreters are the only exception to this requirement. USCIS continues to…

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  • UNLAWFUL PRESENCE BARS CAN RUN IN THE US, BIA & USCIS AFFIRM

    UNLAWFUL PRESENCE AND THE THREE/TEN-YEAR-BAR Under the unlawful presence grounds of inadmissibility, the three- and ten-year bars at INA § 212(a)(9)(B) penalize people who are present in the US. without any lawful immigration status for more than 6 months and 12 months respectively. This could be overstaying a visa by failing to depart the US.…

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  • Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA)

    Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) eliminated key defenses against deportation and subjected many more immigrants, including legal permanent residents, to detention and deportation. It made it much more difficult for refugees to apply for asylum.

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  • Change to Regulations Regarding SIJS Applicants Getting Married

    Change to Regulations Regarding SIJS Applicants Getting Married

    Previously if a SIJS applicant who had an approved I-360 had to remain unmarried until their priority date became current and they completed the adjustment of status process to obtain legal permanent resident status or their I-360 would be automatically revoked per 8 CFR §205.1(a)(3)(iv). A change to the regulations—at 8 CFR § 204.11(b)(2)—now requires…

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