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Update for TPS and Eligibility for AOS

Update for TPS and Eligibility for AOS

USCIS has issued an update for guidance regarding temporary protected status (TPS) beneficiaries. The agency has clarified that that any foreign national that enters the U.S.A. not inspected or admitted/paroled, and is given TPS, usually does not meet the INA 245(a). Section 245(a) of the INA (Immigration and Nationality Act) requires that the foreign national be inspected and admitted or...

DHS Aiming at International Students Again

DHS Aiming at International Students Again

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is once again proposing changes to international student visas. In July, DHS tried to implement the guidance of removing international students who were attending college classes online (read more at our website). Now, the federal agency has announced plans of limiting the time period that international students have to stay in America. Currently, foreign...

VOTE and VOTE Early!

VOTE and VOTE Early!

Election has already started in some states!! America is built on the idea of democracy so make sure that your voice is heard. Let’s make sure your rights are preserved by the elected officials in Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches of government.  Voting is important because “We the people” select elected offices to decide the quality of life that you lead and the generations to...

USCIS Extends Flexibilities

USCIS Extends Flexibilities

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, to help petitioners, USCIS has chosen to extend flexibilities for applicants/beneficiaries, and requestors for following procedures: It is important to note that the flexibility is granted to the mentioned documents if the date of issue noted on the request, notice, or decision is between March 1, 2020 and January 1, 2021, inclusive. USCIS will allow requests and...

Our Office Has Expanded!

Our Office Has Expanded!

Law Offices of Wiliani-Malek have recently added more experienced paralegals to our legal team. Our paralegals have several years of experience working in immigration law and have assisted in processing a variety of US immigration cases. They are new assets to expanding our expertise to serve our clients and community at large. With the addition of our new paralegals, we are getting ready to...

USCIS Avoids Furloughs!

USCIS Avoids Furloughs!

USCIS has announced that the agency is able to avoid furloughing 70% of their staff and can continue with regular operations until the end of the 2020 fiscal year. As mentioned in our previous post on this topic, USCIS had announced that it was planning to furlough over 13,000 of its staff due to financial restrains and needed financial assistance from Congress to sustain the agency. The new...

Guidance on DACA Implemented

Guidance on DACA Implemented

USCIS has issued a statement that it will be implementing the DACA policy as introduced by Acting Secretary of Homeland Security. Under this guidance, all new DACA applications filed (from those who have never received DACA before) will be rejected and all fees will be returned. However, current DACA holders are still able to apply for a renewal, though some grants, such as employment...

USCIS Furloughs Planned for September

USCIS Furloughs Planned for September

As the furlough of two-thirds of the USCIS staff is becoming more of a reality, a major delay is looming on the horizon for processing of the immigration applications for non-US citizens. USCIS has claimed that it would need $1.2 billion to avoid furloughing two-thirds of the staff, roughly 13,400 employees of the 20,000. The furlough will be implemented on August 30, 2020 unless USCIS is able...

Filing Waivers of Inadmissibility

Filing Waivers of Inadmissibility

If a U.S. consular or USCIS officer has found an applicant to be inadmissible to the United States and therefore ineligible for an immigrant visa or nonimmigrant visa, the person could qualify to file an application for a waiver of inadmissibility. In some cases, such as if the person was removed from USA, the person would also need to seek permission to reapply for entry. After filing the...

USCIS Adjusts Fees, Effective 10/2/2020

USCIS Adjusts Fees, Effective 10/2/2020

Today, USCIS announced a final rule regarding the new fee schedule in order for the organization to meet cost of services and operational needs. Most of the fees have increased 5 - 546% by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The fee revisions are to prevent USCIS from being underfunded, as written in their news release. For more information, read the USCIS News Release or PDF to see the...