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USCIS Increases Auto-Extension Period for EAD Cards

May 3, 2022|Contributed by: Aaron C. Hall, Esq.

With a new rule effective May 4, 2022, USCIS has announced that the automatic extension period for employment authorization documents (EADs) will increase from 180 to 540 days. The issuance of this Temporary Final Rule is an acknowledgment of the systemic delays in the adjudication of EAD applications and the hardship such delays are inflicting on applicants […]

USCIS Issuing EAD Cards and Advance Parole on Separate Documents

April 25, 2022|Contributed by: Aaron C. Hall, Esq.

For over a decade, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has generally issued advance parole (AP) on its employment authorization document (EAD) for qualifying applicants who are seeking adjustment of status.  The EAD carried a notation at the bottom indicating that it serves as advance parole, allowing the holder to reenter the United States […]

Asylum Cases Referred to Immigration Court Too Often

April 21, 2022|Contributed by: Ryland Warner

In order to obtain asylum, an individual in the United States can apply affirmatively before the Asylum Office (“the AO”). The AO will interview the applicant to assess their asylum claim and then either grant the applicant asylum or refer their case to immigration court for removal proceedings, during which the applicant can reassert their […]

New Immigration Protections Offered to Citizens of Cameroon, Afghanistan, Ukraine, South Sudan, and Sudan Residing in the U.S.

April 18, 2022|Contributed by: Luke Niermann

New Immigration Protections Offered to Citizens of Cameroon, Afghanistan, Ukraine, South Sudan, and Sudan Residing in the U.S. By Luke Niermann – Associate Attorney In the last 6 weeks, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the designation of five new countries for Temporary Protected Status (TPS).  Under this program, individuals who are citizens of […]

EB-5 Regional Center Litigation 2022

April 14, 2022|Contributed by: Joseph & Hall P.C.

EB-5 Regional Center Litigation 2022 Lawsuit Update 3-16-22 – Click here for more information. Lawsuit Update 3-10-22 – Click here for more information. Lawsuit Update 3-8-22 – Click here for more information. Thank you for your interest in the IMMpact team’s new lawsuits challenging USCIS’ and the State Department’s refusal to process EB-5 regional center […]

Disparate Treatment in Immigration

March 29, 2022|Contributed by: Ryland Warner

On February 24, 2022, Russia invaded the country of Ukraine, endangering the lives of hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian citizens. One week later, on March 3, 2022, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) for all Ukrainians currently in the U.S., protecting them from deportation back to Ukraine as the war unfolds.[1] This quick […]

U.S. to Accept 100,000 Ukrainians

March 24, 2022|Contributed by: Aaron C. Hall, Esq.

On Thursday, March 24, the White House announced “plans to welcome up to 100,000 Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s aggression through the full range of legal pathways, including the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.”  The White House indicated that the U.S. government would work to develop new programs with a focus on welcoming Ukrainians who have family members […]

Deferred Action and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

March 23, 2022|Contributed by: Luke Niermann

On March 7, 2022, USCIS announced a new policy directed at young individuals who have been granted special immigrant juvenile status (SIJS) but are not yet eligible to apply for lawful permanent residency. Under this new policy, which goes into effect on May 6, 2022, USCIS will consider granting these individuals deferred action, which will […]

DHS Designates TPS for Ukraine and Afghanistan

March 18, 2022|Contributed by: Joseph & Hall P.C.

This month, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the designation of Ukraine and Afghanistan for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. For Ukrainian applicants, only individuals who are already residing in the United States as of March 1, 2022, will be eligible for TPS. For Afghan applicants, only individuals who were […]

EB-5 Regional Center 2022 Lawsuit: Update 3-16-22

March 16, 2022|Contributed by: Joseph & Hall P.C.

The State Department is Acting in Bad Faith — So We are Suing on This  On March 16, 2022, the State Department released its April Visa Bulletin. Notwithstanding legislation fully revamping the EB-5 program signed a day earlier, DOS is taking the unconscionable position that it cannot issue visas for, presumably, the next sixty days: “Statutory authorization […]

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