February 9th, 2018

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By Reeves Miller Zhang & Diza One of the worst moments in an immigrant’s life is when he receives a Notice to Appear in Immigration Court. All his hopes and dreams for a life in this country flash before his … more

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February 2nd, 2018

Many individuals seeking an immigration benefit in the United States encounter inexplicably long delays in receiving a final decision on a pending application or petition. Too often, individuals who find themselves experiencing such a delay are frustrated and uncertain as to what, if anything, can be done to pry loose their case and get a decision. more

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January 26th, 2018

The popularity of the H-1B visa has reached historic levels with approximately three petitions being filed for the 2017 fiscal year for every available visa.  The result has been the implementation of a lottery system by USCIS which is designed to randomly select which petitions will be processed and which will be summarily rejected. more

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January 19th, 2018

One particular employment-based immigration program that has seen various changes within the last few months has been the H-1B program, which allows companies in the United States to temporarily employ foreign nationals in a “specialty occupation.” more

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January 13th, 2018

It is now official – the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service is accepting DACA applications once again.  The USCIS made this announcement on Saturday night in response to a recent decision issued by a federal court.  Are you eligible for DACA? Continue reading to find out. more

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January 13th, 2018

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has announced that they have resumed accepting applications for deferred action under DACA.  This is fantastic news for hundreds of thousands of young people throughout the United States.  The USCIS’ announcement was made on Saturday night in response to a recent federal court decision. more

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January 12th, 2018

On January 8, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) announced the termination of Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) designation for El Salvador with a delayed effective date of 18 months or TPS ending on September 9, 2019. Last year, DHS also terminated TPS designation for Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan. While the recent DHS decision was not unanticipated, it is a troubling sign from the Trump Administration that TPS designation for other countries may come to an end. more

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January 11th, 2018

In California, Prop 64 took effect January 1, 2018, allowing recreational marijuana use for adults over age 21 and the state has allowed medicinal use of marijuana for several years. However, the relevant federal laws have not changed. You won’t be facing time in county jail or state prison for your recreational use of pot. But that doesn’t mean you won’t end up in federal prison, as Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced that despite conflicting local laws, federal drug laws will be vigorously enforced. more

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January 10th, 2018

A federal judge in California has issued a nationwide injunction ordering President Trump and his administration to continue parts of the DACA program. more

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January 5th, 2018

It is no surprise that many people dream of one day becoming a U.S citizen.  After all, a person must be a U.S. citizen to vote in elections, file petitions so their parents can immigrate to the U.S., be issued a U.S. passport, etc.  more

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