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3rd Stimulus May Include Immigrants

3rd Stimulus May Include Immigrants

The media reports that President-elect Biden has continued to mention for a third stimulus check to assist Americans during the pandemic. He states that tall taxpayers, not just those who have a Social Security Number, be entitled to a stimulus check. For the previous stimulus checks, undocumented dependents of U.S. citizens, such as spouses and children have been left out of the payments. In...

Upcoming Immigration Plans

Upcoming Immigration Plans

In a recent interview with Univision, the incoming Biden/Harris administration touched on some immigration plans. Vice President-elect Harris mentioned that the administration wants to grant everyone with a Temporary Permanent Status (TPS) or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) lawful permanent residency card (more commonly known as a green card). She also discussed the possibility of...

Green Card Expiration Extension

Green Card Expiration Extension

USCIS Update: Positive changes for Lawful Permanent Residents and I-90 applicants! Beginning this month, USCIS will be issuing lawful permanent residents a new sticker for their Permanent Resident Card (otherwise known as a “Green Card”). This sticker will give the resident a 12-month extension from the date of expiration on the card. The sticker will serve as a receipt for Form I-90 (a form...

Update to H-1B Visa

Update to H-1B Visa

UPDATE USCIS has finalized the guidance that will modify the H-1B process and replacing lottery program with wage level ranking system to grant immigrants visa to higher paid employees. By mending the H-1B process, employers have to offer higher salaries to their H1B workers in order for workers to qualify to receive H-1B visa and to be able to retain their competitive edge. This guidance is...

Extension of Flexibilties

Extension of Flexibilties

According to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services update, due to the coronavirus pandemic, USCIS will extend flexibilities up to 60 calendar days for the following:     This guidance pertains to decisions, requests, or notices between March 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021. If you need assistance with your immigration case, contact Law Offices of Wiliani-Malek by calling (714)...

New DACA Applications Accepted

New DACA Applications Accepted

USCIS posted on its web site yesterday that DACA new applications will be accepted based on policy prior to September 5, 2017, effective immediately. This means that USCIS is currently processing first-time DACA and Advance Parole (Travel Documents) applications. Please note: THIS MAY NOT LAST LONG. Department of Homeland Security has already stated that it may seek other forms of relief from...

Expansion of USCIS Interviews

Expansion of USCIS Interviews

USCIS has implemented expansion of in-person interviews to petitioning family members of refugees and asylees. The department of state has always been interviewing the beneficiaries that were living outside of the U.S.; USCIS also added interviews for beneficiaries who lived in the U.S. in 2018. Depending on the level of eligibility and ability to prove a bona fide familial relationship, USCIS...

Trump’s Last Minute Immigration Plans

Trump’s Last Minute Immigration Plans

In this lameduck period, the few months between the current administration and the incoming, the Trump Administration is trying to plow through more immigration changes, engineered by Stephen Miller, Trump’s senior adviser. Some of the Trump Administration immigration reforms include asylum limitations in certain countries, refusing work permits to immigrants who are required to be removed (or...

Federal Judge Rules on DACA

Federal Judge Rules on DACA

Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis has ruled that Chad Wolf, the Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), did not have the authority to suspend the DACA program, CNN reports. The New York judge stated that DHS did not follow the order of succession after the 2019 resignation of then-Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. This new ruling is a win for immigrants as roughly 650,000 people...

US Naturalization Test Update

US Naturalization Test Update

SUMMARY OF THE UPDATE For those applicants that is en route to be naturalized, there is a civics test and an English test to pass. USCIS has announced that there is a new age special consideration in regard to how many questions to study and how many will be asked. Additionally, there is also a new version of the civics test that will be implemented by the end of the year. During the next few...