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Attorney-Client Communication and Preparation

An important issue that I have encountered in practice is attorney-client communication and preparation. Immigration law, in particular, is a very uncertain area because most types of relief are discretionary, and policies can change without much notice. Thus, it is crucial for there to be open communication between the attorney and client, and for the client to be well prepared.

Aspectos destacados de las Órdenes Ejecutivas relativas a la seguridad fronteriza y al cumplimiento de la inmigración interior

El DHS (El Departamento de Seguridad Nacional por sus siglas en inglés) emitió dos notas de aplicación de las órdenes ejecutivas relativas a la seguridad fronteriza y a la aplicación de la inmigración al interior. Aquí hay algunos de sus puntos destacados y algunos comentarios:

Highlights of Executive Orders regarding border security and interior immigration enforcement

Department of Homeland Security issued two memoranda implementing President Trump's executive orders regarding border security and interior immigration enforcement. Here are some highlights and comments:

H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act

On January 20, 2017, Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Richard Durbin (D-IL) reintroduced their H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act. Currently, the Trump administration is circulating a draft executive order targeting employment-based immigration. As the draft order mostly contains vague directions regarding numerous visa programs, the proposed bill serves as an indicator of where the H-1B and L-1 visa programs could potentially be headed under the current administration.

Executive Order on Protecting American Jobs and Workers by Strengthening the Integrity of Foreign Worker Visa Programs

During President Trump's first two weeks in office, he signed numerous executive orders, including several controversial immigration-related orders. More changes are potentially on the way, as the administration is now circulating drafts of several more immigration-related orders. One such draft order, entitled "Executive Order on Protecting American Jobs and Workers by Strengthening the Integrity of Foreign Worker Visa Programs," includes a number of provisions that could potentially restrict employment-based immigration.

Trump's Immigration Executive Orders: Enforcement, Safety and Protection

*****  This is not meant as legal advice and you should consult with an immigration attorney if you believe you may be affected by these new Orders. ******

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.

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