USCIS Redesignation Allows Additional Eligible Somalis To Apply for TPS and Employment Authorization Documents

The Department of Homeland Security today published a Federal Register notice (FRN) extending and redesignating Somalia for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, from Sept. 18, 2021, through March 17, 2023.  Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas made the decision to extend and redesignate Somalia for TPS…

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TPS Applicants from Five Designated Countries Can Now File Initial Applications Online

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) applicants who are eligible nationals of Burma, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela or Yemen, or individuals without nationality who last habitually resided in one of those countries, can now…

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USCIS Expands Credit Card Payment Pilot Program to Form I-140 When Requesting Premium Processing

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced that it has expanded a previously announced pilot program at the Nebraska Service Center (NSC) for accepting credit card payments using Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions, for certain applicants applying for premium processing….

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How to Request Expedite Processing of your Immigration Application

Most of the time, the government takes many months if not years to decide the millions of immigration applications filed each year.  Sometimes, an applicant may urgently need a faster decision because of special circumstances.  In that case, a request…

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DACA Ruled Unlawful by Texas Judge

On July 16th, 2021, a federal court overseen by Judge Hanen in Texas ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program is unlawful because the Department of Homeland Security did not properly follow the mandated rule-making process as…

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Justice Department Settles with Delivery Services Company to Resolve Retaliation Claim

The Department of Justice today announced that it has reached a settlement agreement with Around the Clock Dispatch Inc., a freight and delivery services company in Queens Village, New York. The settlement resolves the department’s claim that Around the Clock…

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What is happening with the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program?

Since 1990, the EB-5 immigrant investor program has allowed foreign investors to receive permanent residence for their family members by allowing them to invest money in approved businesses, which must create at least 10 full-time jobs. The program had undergone…

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New International Entrepreneur Parole Rule

International entrepreneurs and U.S. investors might be interested to know that the Biden administration recently revived the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER), which was first introduced under the Obama Administration and was suspended under Trump’s administration. According to the federal government,…

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World Refugee Day 2021

World Refugee Day falls on Sunday, June 20th, and marks an opportunity to celebrate refugees while also continuing advocacy for them. Refugees flee from persecution based on race, religion, nationality, and membership to a social group or political party. They…

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USCIS to Suspend Biometrics Requirement for H-4 and other Applicants Beginning May 17, 2021

On May 3, 2021, USCIS announced, that it will suspend the biometrics requirements for certain I-539 applicants for two years beginning on May 17, 2021. The biometrics suspension will apply to the H-4, L-2, and E-1, E-2, and E-3 categories…

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