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Recent U.S. Immigration News

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Special Immigrant Juvenile Status: an Overview

Children without the care of a parent, and undocumented immigrants, are among the most vulnerable people who encounter the American court system. Most vulnerable of all are abused, abandoned, or neglected children who are undocumented and subject to… Read More
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Biden Administration Gran…

Biden Administration Grants Temporary Protected Status to Ukrainians and Afghans in U.S.

Over the past several weeks, most of the world has watched in horror at footage of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. In less than a month, millions of Ukrainians have fled to neighboring countries in search of safety. For Ukrainians who came to live t… Read More
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T Visas for Victims of Hu…

T Visas for Victims of Human Trafficking

In 2000, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act became law in the United States, affirming this country’s commitment to fighting human trafficking both within the borders of the United States and abroad. Ten years later, in 2010, President Barack O… Read More
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Bona Fide Determination a…

Bona Fide Determination and Employment Authorization for U-Visa Petitioners

In 2000, Congress created the U nonimmigrant visa status for victims of crime. The U visa was created to encourage crime victims to come forward and help law enforcement identify and prosecute criminals. Undocumented immigrants are especially vulnera… Read More
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Vaccine Requirements for Immigrants

The United States has a long history of concern about immigrants spreading disease. The COVID-19 pandemic, now approaching the two-year mark, has only increased that concern. The good news is that now we have a weapon against the pandemic: vaccines t… Read More
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Categories: Immigration Law
Advantages and Disadvanta…

Advantages and Disadvantages of Temporary Protected Status

Over 700,000 immigrants who came to the United States from a dozen other countries have been granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). As the name suggests, TPS is a temporary status available… Read More
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President Biden Reverses…

President Biden Reverses Trump Rule Requiring Immigrant Health Insurance

President Biden has struck down a Trump-era rule requiring immigrants to prove that they would have health insurance shortly after entering the United States. The reversal has removed a barrier to entry for as many as two-thirds of potential immigran… Read More
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U.S. State Department End…

U.S. State Department Ends Policy Denying Citizenship to Children Born Abroad Through ART

Is an infant born abroad to an American parent an American citizen? Until fairly recently, the answer was yes—usually. In some situations, children born outside of the U.S. using assisted reproductive technology (ART) and surrogacy have not been co… Read More
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USCIS

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 P…

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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