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Vangala v. USCIS: End of the “No Blank Space Rejection Policy”

Under the Trump administration, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) adopted an agency policy that targeted humanitarian benefits for asylum seekers and survivors of violent crimes such as domestic violence. The policy, known as the “N… Read More
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Central American Minors Program to Reopen: What You Need to Know

Unsurprisingly, U.S. immigration policy changes with each presidential administration. In 2014, the federal government established the Central American Minors (CAM) Refugee and Parole program. The goal of the program was to help certain children in H… Read More
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Refugee vs. Asylum Seeker: What’s the Difference?

With the COVID-19 pandemic dominating the news for more than a year, the public’s attention has been diverted from other important issues, such as people fleeing their native countries to seek a better life in the United States as a refugee or asyl… Read More
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How the Mendez Rojas Settlement Affects Asylum Seekers

United States law requires that a person seeking asylum in the U.S. must apply for asylum within one year of their last arrival to this country. A recent case, Mendez Rojas v. Wolf, involved a challenge to the federal government’s failure to give p… Read More
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Consular Processing of Nonimmigrant Visas After the Expiration of PP 10052

On June 22, 2020, then-President Trump issued Presidential Proclamation 10052 (PP 10052), which suspended the entry of certain nonimmigrants into the United States effective June 24, 2020. At that time, the COVID-19 pandemic continued to worsen all o… Read More
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Categories: Immigration Law
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Temporary Protected Status for Venezuelans: What it Means

On March 8, 2021, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas announced that effective March 9, 2021, Venezuela will be designated for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eighteen months, until September 9, 2022. What does this designation mea… Read More
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Categories: Immigration Law
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Reinstatement of Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians Under Biden Administration

On January 20, 2021—the day of his inauguration—President Biden reinstated Deferred Enforcement Departure (DED) for eligible Liberians in the United States. As part of the president’s constitutional power to conduct foreign relations, he has di… Read More
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Categories: Immigration Law
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What to Expect From Immigration Policy in the Biden-Harris Administration

President Joe Biden has just been inaugurated as President of the United States. Immigration has been a hot-button issue for both Democrats and Republicans in recent years, and policies under the Biden administration are likely to differ sharply from… Read More
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Categories: Immigration Law
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DACA Restored: Here’s What You Need to Know

The History The past few years have been a challenging time for immigrants to the United States, particularly those without a legal status. During the Obama administration, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, better known as DACA, gave hope to ma… Read More
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Categories: Immigration Law
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Cancellation of Removal and the Supreme Court Decision in Barton v. Barr

An April decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Barton v. Barr addresses the so-called “stop-time” rule eligibility for cancellation of removal for lawful permanent residents (LPR). Under 8 U.S.C. §1229(a), the U.S government is autho… Read More
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Categories: Immigration Law