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USCIS announced that it will increase its filing fees by approximately 21% starting on December 23, 2016. Click here for the complete schedule of raised fees. ### USCIS anuncio que aumentara sus cuotas por aproximadamente un 21% comenzando el 23 de Diciembre 2016. Haga clic aquí para ver las nuevas tarifas aumentadas.

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USCIS alerta a clientes afectados por las tormentas severas e inundaciones en Louisiana sobre un Apoyo Migratorio Disponible

19/08/2016 USCIS Alerta a clientes afectados por las tormentas severas e inundaciones en Louisiana sobre un Apoyo Migratorio Disponible | USCIS

El Perdón Provisional se extiende a familiares inmediatos de residentes legales

El 28 de julio de 2016, el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional amplió considerablemente el programa del Perdón Provisional. Este programa ha permitido que los beneficiarios de determinadas peticiones familiares puedan obtener una dispensa de inadmisibilidad por presencia ilegal de más de 180 días antes de la entrevista de visa de inmigrante, evitando la necesidad de obtener en el extranjero tal perdón ante la Embajada o el Consulado de EE.UU., por lo tanto acorta enormemente el tiempo lejos de sus familiares.

Provisional waivers to be expanded to children and spouses of lawful permanent residents (LPRs)

On July 28, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security significantly expanded the provisional waiver program. The provisional waiver program had allowed beneficiaries of certain family petitions to obtain a waiver of inadmissibility for unlawful presence of greater than 180 days before the immigrant visa interview, avoiding the necessity to obtain such a waiver at the US embassy or consulate abroad, thus greatly shortening the time away from their families.

Finally, EADs for H-4s

The USCIS announced today that on May 26, 2015, it will begin accepting applications for employment authorization documents (EAD) from certain H-4 spouses. This regulation amendment will apply to spouses of H-1B workers (1) whose I-140 immigrant petitions have been approved, or (2) who have had their H-1B status extended because their labor certifications (PERMs) or I-140 petitions have been pending for over 365 days, pursuant to American Competitiveness in the Twenty First Century Act (AC21). The filing fee for the I-765 form will be $380. The agency expects as high as 179,600 applications in the first year and 55,000 annually in subsequent years.

Sham marriage allegations will destroy you if you don't fight back.

Our client came to the United States in 2001 on a B-2 visitor's visa. In 2005 he married a U.S. citizen and sponsored our client's permanent resident status. Four years later, the Immigration Service denied his application because they believed he married he committed marriage fraud (what immigration calls an INA §204(c) decision). Such a decision is generally treated as the "death penalty" by the Immigration Service and Immigration Judges for any future applications a person might file to seek resident status. As a result of the denial, our client was put into removal proceedings -- not because of the fraud the government thought he had committed, but solely because he had remained in the United States longer than he was authorized.

Remorse and Rehabilitation in Deportation & the Fallacy of the Almighty Passage of Time

Last month, the Firm represented three individuals in removal proceedings. Each of the individuals had been longtime permanent residents (LPR) and each had been placed in removal proceedings based on criminal convictions that had occurred at least ten years ago. In each of the cases, the convictions were for offenses that most would view as serious to very serious. Because the immigration judge had the authority to deport them, the individuals all sought relief under INA §212(c) or INA §240A. In each case, the immigration judge was required to balance the positive factors of their lives against the negative aspects in deciding whether to allow these individuals to stay in our country. These factors can be found in an immigration case called Matter of Marin, 16 I&N Dec. 581 (BIA 1978).

Updated DACA September 2013 Statistics

Update on DACA statistics through August 31, 2013 - the USCIS approved over 455,455 requests for Deferred Action, from 588,725 applications received. Of these, 350,056 citizens of Mexico, and 3,203 from Philippines closes out the bottom of the Top 10 countries receiving approvals. California is leading among the states with 161,624 and Texas with 93,277 applications submitted is at No. 2.

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