ICE Blasts Cook County

ICE blasts Cook County for failing to honor over one thousand detainers in FY 2019. ICE blasts Cook County, Illinois in one of its most recent news releases. It scathingly alleges Cook County law enforcement agencies failed to honor over 1,000 detainers it sent during Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, requesting that the agencies notify ICE…

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H-1B Petitioners Must Register

H-1B petitioners must first register with the USCIS prior to filing cap-subject petitions. H-1B petitioners must be prepared to register with the USCIS prior to being eligible to apply, and await the selection process. Six days ago, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published notice in the Federal Register, “Registration Requirement for Petitioners Seeking to…

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Green Cards for Liberians Available Under LRIF

LRIF creates temporary space for green cards for Liberians; pathway to U.S. citizenship. Green cards for Liberians are available under the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness act (LRIF). Last month, the USCIS announced that in accordance with Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF), Section 7611 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, it will begin accepting…

DACA Arrest Report Released

The USCIS released a DACA arrest report in obvious move to dissuade the public from favoring the DACA program. In a move that appears to be part of the Trump Administration’s efforts to eliminate the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, the USCIS released a DACA arrest report on November 16, 2019, detailing the…

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Waivers of Removability and Otherwise Admissible

Petitioner seeking waiver of removability held “Otherwise Admissible” in Fares V. Barr   Recently, in Fares v. Barr, No. 13-71916 (9th Cir. 2019), the Ninth Circuit held that a petitioner seeking a waiver of removability was “otherwise admissible” for purposes of immigration law after receiving a denial when applying for naturalization for failing to return…

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TPS Documentation Expiration Extended for Six Countries

TPS documentation for El Salvador, Haiti, Nepal, Nicaragua, Sudan, and Honduras extended through January 4, 2021, pending litigation. TPS documentation expiration dates for those on TPS from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, Honduras, and Nepal have been extended through January 4, 2021, pending litigation. Forms and documents included in the extension of the expiration date…

USCIS Paperless Efforts Move Forward

USCIS paperless efforts move forward with their announcement that I-130’s can now be filed online.   USCIS paperless efforts are moving forward after the service announced that Form I-130 can now be filed and relevant cases managed entirely online. The announcement is part of a wider effort to move the agency from accepting paper applications…

USCIS Fees Increasing Soon

USCIS fees are increasing (possibly) by 21% soon. USCIS fees are imminently increasing. The service plans to hike its fees by a weighted average of 21%. As acting director of USCIS, Mr. Ken Cuccinelli explains in the quote below, the idea behind the rate increase is simple: to cover its costs. “USCIS is required to…

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Celebrating 10 Years of Legal Services

Celebrating 10 Years of Legal Services We are celebrating 10 years of Tyler Christians practicing law. November, 2019, marks a decade of legal practice for Mr. Christians. As detailed in his attorney profile, beginning in November, 2009, he first practiced law as a criminal defense attorney in Falls Church, Virginia, where he offices today (as…

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H-2A Program on FLAG

The H-2A program is now on the DOL’s Foreign Labor Application Gateway. The H-2A program, or the H-2A temporary agricultural program, is now on the new Foreign Labor Application Gateway, or FLAG, system, which itself was recently implemented itself by the Department of Labor. What is the H-2A Program? As we wrote in this article,…