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USCIS Increases Automatic Extension Period of Work Permits for Certain Applicants

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a Temporary Final Rule (TFR) that increases the automatic extension period for employment authorization and Employment Authorization Documents (EADs), available to certain EAD renewal applicants, to up to 540 days.

U.S. Census: A Closer Look at the Fastest Growing Minority Group in the United States

Data from the 2020 U.S. Census Bureau show that there are approximately 20.7 million Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States—comprising 6.2 % of the U.S. population—that make up the fastest growing minority group in the United States. In the last decade, the U.S. Asian population grew by 35.5 %, reaching almost 20 million […]

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About 6 million U.S. adults identify as Afro-Latino

The Pew Research Center - May 2, 2022 - 09:59

In 2020, Afro-Latino Americans made up about 2% of the U.S. adult population and 12% of the adult Latino population.

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Biden Announces ‘Uniting for Ukraine’ Streamlined Path for Parole

Visa Nation’s Immigration News - April 29, 2022 - 11:39

Last week, President Biden announced United for Ukraine, a program offering refuge to citizens of Ukraine who are fleeing the ongoing war crisis with Russia. The President has committed to welcome up to 100,000 Ukrainians to the United States with this new path which is designed for Ukrainian citizens and their immediate relatives who are outside...

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Federal Court Orders Biden Administration to Temporarily Halt Title 42 Wind Down

A federal court in Louisiana issued an order on Wednesday temporarily preventing the Biden administration from winding down Title 42, the controversial public health policy that allows immigration officials to rapidly expel asylum seekers and migrants from the border. The order is in effect for the next 14 days, with a hearing set for May […]

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Risk-Based Approach Now Implemented for Conditional Permanent Resident Interviews

Visa Nation’s Immigration News - April 28, 2022 - 09:50

On April 7, 2022, USCIS released a policy brief indicating that effective immediately they would be using a risk-based approach when determining which interviews to waive for conditional permanent residents seeking to remove conditions on their permanent resident status (must have filed Form I-751). Prior to this new policy, all conditional permanent residents were required...

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Biden Administration Creates New Parole Program for Ukrainians

The Biden administration announced a special parole program for Ukrainians that began April 25. The Uniting for Ukraine program is a first step toward the administration’s commitment to welcoming up to 100,000 Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s invasion of the country, which began in February. The program is a streamlined process for Ukrainian citizens to request permission […]

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Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in ‘Remain in Mexico’ Case

Over three years after the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) went into effect, the Supreme Court finally heard oral arguments in a case about the program, also known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy. Rather than debate the legality of the program itself, Tuesday’s arguments were about a different question altogether: whether the Biden administration has […]

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A Special Edition of the AILA Law Journal Celebrates #AILA75Years

In this blog post, we walk through the Spring 2022 edition of the AILA Law Journal which features an interview between editor-in-chief Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia and AILA President Allen Orr, along with special and substantive pieces from AILA members as we celebrate AILA’s 75 Years.

USCIS Provides Information on Uniting for Ukraine

On April 21, the United States announced Uniting for Ukraine, a key step towards fulfilling President Biden’s commitment to welcome Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Uniting for Ukraine provides a pathway for displaced Ukrainian citizens and their immediate family members who are outside the United States to come to the United States and stay temporarily for a two-year period of parole.

Abbott’s Anti-Immigrant Blockade Cost the US Billions in Just a Few Days 

Less than a week after the Biden Administration announced the impending end to the COVID-era Title 42 border policy, Texas Governor Greg Abbott escalated his ongoing political fight with the Biden administration over its handling of the border. On April 6, Governor Abbott directed the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to “conduct enhanced safety […]

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The Biden Administration Needs to Change Course on Green Cards Before It’s Too Late

The Biden administration failed to issue many of the immigrant visas—more commonly known as green cards—that were allotted last year for immigrants who have been sponsored by a U.S. employer or family member. Statistics released by the State Department indicate that 66,781 visas for employment-based immigrants and 141,430 visas for family-based immigrants went unused in […]

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I Visited Biden’s MPP Tent Courts. The Changes Since Trump Don’t Fix the Program’s Flaws.

More than two years after visiting the Trump administration’s “Migrant Protection Protocols” (MPP) tent courts in Laredo, Texas, I returned to see how they had changed under the Biden administration. While some changes have been made, they haven’t resolved the program’s biggest flaws, such as the danger asylum seekers face in Mexico, low rates of […]

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Settlement Deadline in Lawsuit Addressing a One-Year Filing Deadline for Asylum Applications

Immigration law requires that asylum seekers file applications for asylum within one year of last entering the United States. Filing after one year can be the sole reason the U.S. government denies an asylum application. Despite these serious consequences, until recently, officials did not always tell asylum seekers of this deadline. Thanks to a final […]

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NEW Registration Process for Ukraine and Sudan TPS

Visa Nation’s Immigration News - April 21, 2022 - 15:08

On April 18th, the Department of Homeland Security published two Federal Register notices regarding how to register for Temporary Protected Status for individuals fleeing Ukraine and Sudan. Earlier this month, Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security declared an 18-month TPS designation for both of these countries. It is estimated that there are about 59,600 individuals from...

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May 2022 Visa Bulletin: Analysis & Predictions

Visa Nation’s Immigration News - April 19, 2022 - 09:30

One of the most significant parts of getting a green card in the U.S. is waiting for your priority date to be current. For those that have invested the time, effort, and money into an immigrant visa, questions arise such as “How long will it take for my date to be current?” and “Can I...

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DHS Announces Registration Process for Temporary Protected Status for Ukraine and Sudan

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted today two Federal Register notices on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Ukraine and Sudan. These notices provide information about how to register for TPS under each country’s designation. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas previously announced the 18-month designation of Ukraine for TPS and the 18-month designation of Sudan for TPS.

Secretary Mayorkas Designates Cameroon for Temporary Protected Status for 18 Months

Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the designation of Cameroon for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. Only individuals who are already residing in the United States as of April 14, 2022, will be eligible for TPS.

EB5 Program Reauthorized But with Notable Changes

Visa Nation’s Immigration News - April 14, 2022 - 18:45

On March 15, 2022 President Biden signed into law the spending bill which included a provision to reauthorize the employment-based fifth preference immigrant investor program, with notable changes including increasing the minimum investment requirement and other protocols to increase transparency. The EB5 program was created by Congress through the Immigration Act of 1990 as a...

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