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Recent U.S. Immigration News

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Changes to Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (Form I-539)

In March of 2019, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) unveiled an updated Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (Form I-539). The new Form I-539 contains some fairly major changes you should be aware of.  Form I-539… Read More
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USCIS Revises Policy on Travel While Application for Advance Parole is Pending

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently updated its policy regarding overseas travel for applicants with a pending Form I-131 Application for Travel Document. As of March 2019, USCIS will not deny a pending renewal of an ap… Read More
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Nielsen v. Preap: The Supreme Court Ruling on Mandatory Detention

What does a criminal record mean for non-U.S. citizen residents in the United States? As a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling revealed, having even a long-ago criminal offense on your record could result in being taken into custody under 8 U.S.C. 1226(… Read More
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Can Lawful U.S. Residents Be Targeted by ICE?

Imagine this: born in another country, you came to the United States with your family when you were barely a teenager. You have lived here ever since, and have been a lawful permanent resident for 30 years. You settled down and raised a family of you… Read More
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Unlawful Presence for Non-Immigrant Students: What You Need to Know

On August 9, 2018, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a policy memorandum that could affect people with certain visa or non-immigrant statuses in the United States. These include: • Student (F-1 and F-2 dependents) • Exc… Read More
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What to Expect From Your Green Card Marriage Interview

If you are a foreign national married to a U.S. citizen, you may plan to become a lawful permanent resident (LPR) of the United States—commonly known as a “green card” holder. You probably know that part of this process involves an interview wi… Read More
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Denaturalization: What it Is, How it Happens

Foreign nationals who become U.S. citizens do so through a process called “naturalization.” But there is also something called “denaturalization:’ the stripping of U.S. citizenship from a naturalized citizen by the U.S. government. How does d… Read More
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The Proposed “Public Charge” Rule: What Has Changed

On September 22, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that got very little attention in the media, but which could seriously affect immigrants to the United States, as well as employers and temporary visa h… Read More
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Pereira v. Sessions: Good News Regarding Due Process

Under U.S. immigration law, there are some circumstances in which people who have violated immigration laws are eligible for relief and allowed to remain in the country, as long as they meet certain requirements for “continuous physical presence”… Read More
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Domestic Violence Victims and Asylum: In the Matter of A-B-

A recent ruling by U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions will have a profound effect on domestic violence victims and asylum petitions. Four years ago, a woman known in court filings only by her initials, A.B., fled her home country of El Salvador after more t… Read More
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