New Department of State 90-Day Rule And Misrepresentation

The United States Department of State recently updated its Field Adjudicator’s Manual (“Manual”) with new guidelines relating to misrepresentation in relation to immigrants present in the United States who engage in activities inconsistent with the representations made to immigration officers about their intentions at the time of their visa application or to the Department of Homeland Security when applying for an immigration benefit. The Manual states that if an immigrant…

What You Need to Know if DACA Ends

UPDATE: On September 5, 2017 the president ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals [add this hyperlink (DACA) program effective March 5, 2018. In terminating this program, about 800,000 young immigrants will be at risk for deportation. In addition to the important information shared in this episode below, here is some more important information you need to know about the end of DACA: 1. First-time DACA applications received on or…

USCIS Offers Immigration Relief to Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

If you’ve been affected by Hurricane Harvey, USCIS may offer the following relief: Change of nonimmigrant status or an extension on nonimmigrant stay for a person currently in the United States • Re-parole of people previously granted parole by USCIS • Expedited processing of advance parole requests • Expedited adjudication of requests for off-campus work authorization for F-1 students who are experiencing severe economic hardship • Expedited adjudication of work…

What’s Next For People With TPS?

The recent limited six-month extension of Haiti’s TPS designation has many other immigrant beneficiaries worried about their own status and options. If you currently have TPS, here’s what you should know. What is TPS? Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a temporary immigration benefit given to nationals of a particular country due to conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country’s nationals from returning there safely, or where the country…

Q: We Didn’t Have a Written Contract. Can I Still Get Paid?

Full Question: I just started a business and my first client is someone I’ve been friends with since high school. He hired me to do some work for him. We didn’t have a contract because we’re friends so I didn’t think we needed one. All I have is a text from him saying to meet up so he can pay me for the work, but he never showed up. I…

Q: Who Can Apply for a Green Card for Me?

Full question: I want a green card and my aunt is a U.S. citizen. Can she apply for a green card for me? Answer: No. Generally speaking, a person can get a green card through a family member or an employer. For purposes of this question, this post focuses on getting a green card through family. Below is a chart to help you understand who can petition for whom to…