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Executive Actions on Immigration… Now, what?

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Maria del Carmen Ramos

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)  is not currently accepting applications under President Obama’s Executive Actions.  This notwisthanding, if you believe you will be eligible to apply for a benefit, you can begin collecting documentation to show your identity, your relationship to a U.S. Citizen or lawful permanent resident, and continuous residence in the U.S. for the past five years. (more…)

President Obama Unveils His Proposed Executive Actions on Immigration

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Last night, President Obama unveiled his Immigration Accountability Executive Actions in an effort to address the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States. While many of the specific details are still being worked on as some will require regulations and/or policy memoranda, it is President Obama’s goal to streamline legal immigration in hopes of boosting our economy and promoting naturalization for qualified individuals. (more…)

Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone are Awarded Temporary Protected Status Designations

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Maria del Carmen Ramos

On November 20, 2014, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that he would be designating Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, effective November 21, 2014 through May 20, 2015. This is in large part due to the extensiveness and severity of the Ebola outbreak ravaging the region. (more…)

New J-1 Program Requirements Mandate Annual Audits and Reports to Department of State

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Maria del Carmen Ramos

The devil is in the details.  J-1 program sponsors need to be aware of upcoming changes by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) to the J-1 program. Specifically, beginning January 5, 2015, J-1 program sponsors will be required to (i) undergo annual management reviews of their internal controls and of a statistically valid sampling of their J nonimmigrants files by independent auditors, and (ii) file annual reports with DOS. (more…)

NVC No Longer Accepting Original Civil Documents

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Maria del Carmen Ramos

As of November 12, 2014, the National Visa Center (NVC) will cease accepting original civil documents in support of immigrant visa applications.  (more…)