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Alternative to DACA Advance Parole

As of September 5, 2017, United States, Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") will no longer accept new applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ("DACA"). Please see this article for more details. Due to this recent change, USCIS will also stop adjudicating advance parole requests that are associated with DACA.


In an effort to motivate Congress to finally enact major immigration reform President Trump has officially decided to cancel the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ("DACA") The announcement calls for a "rolling back" of DACA, phasing it out within the next six months. The program will officially end on March 15, 2018. This does not mean, however, that people should panic. Instead, this could result in a very positive situation for those who have benefited from DACA and perhaps others as well.


En un esfuerzo por motivar al Congreso para que finalmente promulgue una reforma migratoria importante, el Presidente Trump decidio oficialmente cancelar la Acción Diferida para las Llegadas de la Niñez ("DACA") El anuncio llama a un "retroceso" de DACA, eliminándolo en los próximos seis meses. El programa terminará oficialmente el 15 de marzo de 2018. Esto no significa, sin embargo, que la gente debe entrar en pánico. En cambio, esto podría resultar en una situación muy positiva para aquellos que se han beneficiado de DACA y tal vez otros también.

The R.A.I.S.E. Act - A Proposed "Points-Based" Immigration System

Achieving immigration reform at the congressional level is extremely difficult. As such, most action geared towards immigration reform has been done via Executive Order. President Trump has long expressed his interests in reforming our immigration policies to a more merit-based system. With the signing of his Executive Order earlier this year, he tasked four federal agencies with the review and recommendation of changes pertaining to employment-based worker programs. The ultimate stated goals were: to prevent fraud and abuse and to safeguard American jobs.

President Trump's "Buy American, Hire American" Executive Order

On April 18th, President Trump signed an executive order which focused on two areas of the administration's policy: protection of American jobs ("Hire American") and preference for U.S.-manufactured goods ("Buy American"). With regards to the protection of U.S. jobs, the order includes a section directed to the H-1B visa program.

For B-1/B-2 Visitors Who Wish to Attend School in the U.S.

On April 5th, CIS updated its Special Instructions for B-1/B-2 Visitors who want to Enroll in School. Studying in the United States while in B-1 or B-2 status is prohibited. The regulations specifically prohibit B-1/B-2 visitors from enrolling in a course of study in the United States. (8 CFR 214.2(b)(&)). A "course of study" refers to a formal educational program that leads to an academic degree or vocational certification. Short recreational classes or courses, nowhere are permitted. For instance, one may enroll in a cooking class while on vacation with a visitor visa.

Exciting Developments for TPS beneficiaries

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a temporary immigration status in the United States, which the Secretary of Homeland Security has the authority to grant to nationals of certain countries. Countries qualify for a TPS designation when they face ongoing armed conflicts, environmental disasters, or other extraordinary and temporary conditions, which prevent their citizens from returning home safely. At the present, thirteen countries have TPS designation. They include El Salvador, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Liberia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

The Trump Administration on Sanctuary Cities

Generally, a sanctuary city is viewed as a place where individuals without lawful immigration status may reside without undue fear of targeted raids, harassment, and mass deportation. So-called sanctuary cities do not provide immunity to those residing in the U.S. without status. Anyone who resides in the United States without authorization is at some risk of deportation.

Undocumented parents - what you need to know.

Recent developments in immigration law have certainly caused a great deal of fear and worry among immigrant families. Fear can either propel to action or can immobilize and paralyze. In recent articles, it has been our goal to offer words of hope. Having correct information and knowledge should empower, and prepare those who are uncertain about their future in the United States.

Executive Order 2.0

On March 6, 2017, President Trump made a second attempt at protecting the nation from the submission of foreign terrorists. However, this "watered down version" of the same titled first order was blocked by federal judges in Maryland and Hawaii.

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