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New Public Charge Rule May Increase Uninsured

A recent change in immigration policy where public benefits are concerned will likely have far-reaching ramifications for men, women, and children who depend on Medicaid and CHIP for basic healthcare services. The rule change makes it more difficult for an individual who is likely to become a “public charge” reliant on any number of public […]

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New Public Charge Rule to Take Effect in October

In August, the Trump Administration announced a change in immigration policy that will make it more difficult for immigrants to access certain public benefits and to obtain a green card and American citizenship. Known as the “public charge rule”, the change will take effect this October, empowering the government to select immigrants entering the United […]

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What is an F1 Student Visa?

The F1 Visa, or “Student Visa” is granted to qualifying foreign-born students attending college or university in the United States. Students in the U.S. on the F1 Visa must maintain a full-time student course load and complete their studies by the deadline listed on their I-20 Form (Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant Student Status.) Upon […]

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How to File for Political Asylum

There has been much talk about political asylum in the news lately. Just a few weeks ago, the President announced a new rule making qualifications for asylum status even more restrictive. Now more than ever it is imperative that individuals seeking relief from violence and persecution to understand the process to apply for political asylum […]

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Why is My Green Card Taking So Long?

A green card is a type of permit that allows a citizen of another country to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. The green card itself is a photo ID verifying the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has approved you to live in the U.S. as a Lawful […]

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Expedited Removal Expansion Illustrates Complex U.S. Immigration Processes

An estimated thousands of undocumented immigrants who have come to the United States from numerous foreign countries have now been left wondering whether they might be deported without warning. A new regulation signed by the President has concluded that anyone undocumented immigrant who has not lived in the nation for at least two concurrent years […]

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ICE Raids in Homes

Back in 2017, Thomas Honan, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a warning before Congress. He cautioned that no single immigrant population would be immune from increasingly stringent immigration policies moving forward. Since that time, many foreign-born individuals have been living in a sort of limbo, wondering if or when ICE […]

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What are Master Calendar Hearings?

A master calendar hearing (MCH) is a brief, initial meeting regarding your immigration matter. It is generally the preliminary meeting between you, an immigration judge, and a government attorney to assess how your immigration case will proceed. It can be the first step in the process to remove an individual from the United States. In […]

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Visa Delays Leave International Students Stranded

A backlog of student work visa applications at United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has left many international students at universities across the U.S. in limbo. Under the Optional Practical Training program, international students who are authorized to attend school in the U.S. can work in a field related to their studies for up […]

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Licensed Undocumented Immigrants May Lead to Safer Roads

Four years after offering undocumented immigrants the opportunity to obtain driver’s licenses, the state of Connecticut has seen a noticeable drop in unlicensed driving citations and hit-and-run crashes. Since the option to obtain a ”Drive Only” license became available, more than 50,000 individuals have completed the testing process to drive legally in Connecticut, not only […]

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