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Proclamation to Bar Immigrant Visa Applicants

Recently, President Trump issued a proclamation to bar immigrant visa applicants who cannot prove that they will have health insurance within 30 days from entering the U.S. According to this proclamation, during the visa applicant’s interview with a consular officer, proof of health insurance coverage or financial capacity to pay for reasonable medical costs will […]

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United States to Require DNA from Migrants Entering the United States    

Recently, the Justice Department announced plans to collect DNA from all migrants entering the United States at official entry points, with few exceptions. Children under 14 and those entering the country legally are exempt from mandatory DNA collections. DNA will be entered into an FBI database used to find criminals. Other exceptions to the DNA […]

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How Does E-Verify Work for Employment in the United States?

Any foreign-born individual already employed or seeking employment in the United States is familiar with E-Verify. E-Verify is a free, user-friendly, online system that compares information from various sources to confirm you are authorized to work in this country. E-Verify is mandatory for many workplaces, including government agencies; others utilize E-Verify voluntarily as it offers […]

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What is Deportation?

Deportation, also known as removal, occurs when a government agency requires an individual to depart the United States. Under the direction of either the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), or Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), removals happen for a variety of reasons, including visa violations, fraud, and criminal […]

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What is the Child Status Protection Act?

As the backlog of immigration cases continues to grow, immigrants applying for green cards as children may no longer meet the criteria of a child. Referred to as aging out, children become ineligible to receive green cards due to their age. Congress enacted the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) in 2002, which expanded the age […]

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Why Do I Need an Immigration Lawyer?

Immigration in the United States can be one of the most challenging undertakings. While some people undergo the entire immigration process on their own, most find it necessary to seek legal aid for a variety of reasons. Citizenship, obtaining visas, and deportation all require extensive paperwork, as well as a working knowledge of immigration law. […]

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What are the Different Categories of Immigration Status?

Immigration issues are front and center in the news every day. Understanding the different categories of immigration status that exist in the United States will help you better understand today’s issues and answer questions you may have about your own status. The following are four categories of immigration status in this country: United States Citizens […]

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Possible Cuts for Annual Refugee Cap in 2020

Last month, a senior government official revealed the current administration is considering cuts to the annual cap on the number of refugees allowed entry into the United States next year. The cuts proposed for 2020 are in addition to significant cuts the President has already made since taking office. While the decision on a cap […]

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New Asylum Restrictions

A Supreme Court order issued in September gives the Trump administration the authority to enforce new restrictions to essentially prevent all migrants originating in Central America from seeking asylum in the United States. The order applies to migrants traveling through other countries en route to the U.S. who choose not to request asylum in any […]

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USCIS Reopens Deferred Action Requests

In an important update for undocumented individuals with pressing health conditions, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced recently they will be reopening some pending cases of deferment for those seeking medical care in the United States. The change comes on the heels of a USCIS letter sent to families seeking relief from […]

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