USCIS Program Permits Lawfully Present Parents to Request Refugee Status for Minor Children Residing in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

The Department of State and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently established a new program to provide a safe and legal route for children living in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to travel to the United States.  Through the … Continue reading

President Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration Blocked!

A federal Judge in Brownsville, Texas has ordered a temporary injunction to President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.  While U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen of Texas did not rule on the specific legality of the executive action he stated that there … Continue reading

How to Seek Prosecutorial Discretion from ICE

In November 2014, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced two new memorandum clarifying priorities on prosecutorial discretion and enforcement priorities.  These policies are to be implemented by all DHS agencies, including USCIS, when deciding which aliens to arrest, detain, and … Continue reading

Religious Persecution May Include Non-Physical Forms of Harm

Huang v. Holder is an Eleventh Circuit case on appeal from a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) denying Huang’s application for asylum after finding that the abuse he suffered in his native country of China did not constitute religious persecution.  … Continue reading

It is H-1B Season! Do Not Delay! The Deadline to File is April 1, 2015

Do you have a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent? Will you be working in a specialty occupation? Will you be earning a wage? The H-1B visa has an annual numerical limit, or cap, of 65,000 visas each fiscal year. Cap … Continue reading

House Votes to Reverse Obama’s Immigration Executive Order

On January 14th, the House of Representatives voted to try and block President Obama’s Executive Order relating to Immigration announced last November.  In a 236-191 vote, the House of Representatives passed a spending bill aimed to defund major parts of President’ … Continue reading

No Travel under Obama’s Executive Action

President Obama stressed the importance of family unity in his Executive Action on November 20th, however that may pertain only to families within the United States and does not allow families divided between the United States and their home-states to … Continue reading

Dispossession through Deportation

A recent report released by the humanitarian advocacy group, No More Deaths  states that of the 400,000 people deported from the United States during the fiscal year 2013, nearly one third were deported without their personal belongings and money.  This … Continue reading

No More U-Visas for the 2015 Fiscal Year!

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has already approved the statutory maximum of 10,000 petitions for U-1 Nonimmigrant Status (U-Visas) for the 2015 fiscal year that began on October 1, 2014.  The cap was reached almost immediately due to the … Continue reading

Reciente Acción Ejecutiva del Presidente Obama!

La orden ejecutiva del presidente Obama anunció el 20 de noviembre 2014 tiene como objetivo hacer una serie de cambios en el sistema de inmigración actual. La Orden Ejecutiva ayudará a asegurar la frontera y combatir la inmigración ilegal, priorizar … Continue reading