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Feb 26, 2021

Weekly Immigration Round-Up: Biden Restarts Processing Permanent Residence Visas; Court Weakens Deportation Moratorium; Supreme Court Examines Immigrant “Wealth Test”

President Biden Ends Restrictions on Permanent Residence Visas

On Wednesday, the Biden administration announced it was rescinding a Trump-era order halting the issuance of permanent residence visas to most family members of United States citizens and current permanent residents.

The order barred anyone other than the spouse or minor child of a U.S. » Read More

Jan 22, 2021

Weekly Round-Up: Biden’s Proposes Immigration Reform; Judge Blocks New Immigration Court Fees; Supreme Court Considers Indefinite Detention of Certain Noncitizens

Biden’s Sweeping New Immigration Proposals

President Joe Biden, sworn into office on Wednesday, will present Congress with a sweeping immigration reform bill. This bill represents a reversal of many of the previous administration’s immigration policies.

The most prominent feature of the bill is an eight-year path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants currently residing in the United States without legal status. » Read More

Dec 01, 2020

Revised U.S. Citizenship Test Harder for Immigrants

On November 13, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced changes to the U.S. citizenship test that lawful permanent residents must pass to naturalize as U.S. citizens. The revisions have increased the number of questions from 100 to 128. Immigrants will be tested on 20 of the questions and must answer 12 correctly, up from six out of ten. » Read More

May 18, 2020

To Reverify or Not: Form I-9 and Lawful Permanent Residents

On Friday, May 15, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a notice clarifying to employers that they cannot reverify Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) who presented evidence of permanent residence status that was unexpired at the time of the employee’s initial Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, regardless of later expiration. » Read More

Apr 23, 2020

President Trump Bans Certain Immigrant Green Cards for 60 Days

As promised, last night, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order that limits the ability of certain future immigrant visa applicants to enter the United States as lawful permanent residents, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The President’s Executive Order, the “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. » Read More

Oct 17, 2018

Legal Marijuana “Next Door” in Canada Off Limits Here in the United States

Today, Canada became the second country in the world to legalize recreational marijuana use with the enactment of Canadian House Government Bill C-45. Pretty nice, right? Yes, it is. But citizens of Canada who travel to the United States under employment-based non-immigrant visas, visitor visas, and those seeking lawful permanent residency must be on notice: just because you can legally possess and distribute marijuana in Canada does not excuse you from the archaic and complex Immigration & Nationality Act (the “INA”). » Read More

Jun 28, 2017

Criminal Attorney’s Ineffective Representation Results in Defendant’s Definite Deportation

Jae Lee was born in South Korea and lawfully moved to the United States when he was 13 years old.  He was a “lawful permanent resident” or a “green card holder” and never naturalized to become a United States Citizen.  In 2008, 35 years after Mr. » Read More