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Immigration Help Available to Those Affected by Natural Disasters and Other Unforeseen Circumstances

USCIS issued a reminder to the public that they offer immigration services that may help people affected by unforeseen circumstances such as natural disasters. Examples of unforeseen circumstances include, but are not limited to, the wildfires in the western United States and the recent ...

Employers May File H-2B Petitions for Returning Workers for FY 2021

USCIS announced that employers may file H-2B petitions for returning workers under the FY 2021 H-2B supplemental visa temporary final rule.

Source: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Notification of Temporary Travel Restrictions Applicable to Land Ports of Entry and Ferries Service Between the United States and Canada

CBP issued a notification of the continuation of temporary travel restrictions limiting travel of individuals from Canada into the United States at land ports of entry along the United States-Canadian border through 8/21/21 due to COVID-19.

Source: Federal Register

DHS Announces Extension and Redesignation of Somalia for Temporary Protected Status

The Department of Homeland Security published a Federal Register notice (FRN) extending and redesignating Somalia for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, from Sept. 18, 2021, through March 17, 2023.  Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas made the decision to extend ...

TPS Applicants from Five Designated Countries Can Now File Initial Applications Online

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) applicants who are eligible nationals of Burma, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela or Yemen, or individuals without nationality who last habitually resided in one of those countries, can now file ...

Applicants for Change of Status to F-1 Student No Longer Need to Submit Subsequent Applications to ‘Bridge the Gap’

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced new policy guidance that eliminates the need for individuals who have applied for a change of status (COS) to F-1 student to apply to change or extend their nonimmigrant status while their initial F-1 COS application is pending.

USCIS Expands Credit Card Payment Pilot Program to Form I-140 When Requesting Premium Processing

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has expanded a previously announced pilot program at the Nebraska Service Center (NSC) for accepting credit card payments using Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions, for certain applicants applying ...

Statement from USCIS Acting Director Tracy Renaud on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Court Decision

“Pursuant to the July 16, 2021 Order issued by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Texas v. United States, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is enjoined from granting initial DACA requests."

Source: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Reminders for DACA Recipients and Employers

On July 16, 2021, a federal court found DACA unlawful. The government cannot grant new DACA applications. But existing DACA recipients are allowed to retain their grant of DACA and apply for renewal.  The district court ruling does not affect ICE’s existing enforcement guidelines. The ...

Class Members Take Notice: No Standing without Concrete Harm

A recent decision by the United States Supreme Court provides guidance for determining concrete harm as relates to standing to sue. As a result, complaints that cannot show an imminent injury similar to those traditionally recognized by American courts are expected to be precluded from ...

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