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5 Predictions For U.S. Immigration In 2022

As the new year begins, here are some expert predictions for U.S. immigration in 2022. 1.  Increases in Premium Processing The premium processing service provided by the USCIS guarantees expedited visa processing for certain employment-based visa petitions. The USCIS guarantees that the petition will be processed within 15 days or will return the petitioner’s filing […]

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The Immigration Act of 1990 Explained

The Immigration Act of 1990 overhauled the legal immigration system by outlining three different paths by which people could immigrate to the U.S.: family sponsored, employment based and diversity based. Signed into law by former President George H.W. Bush, the act was meant to “change the level, and preference system for admission of immigrants to […]

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Key Updates to ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy

The “Remain in Mexico”,  also known as the Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP), restarted with a few changes. The policy forces asylum seekers along the border to wait in Mexico while their claims are being processed. Mexico and the U.S. negotiated some changes to the policy that satisfy each side. The Biden administration has highlighted many changes […]

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Available Paths to Legal Status for Undocumented Immigrants

Who Is an Undocumented Immigrant? Simply put, an undocumented immigrant is a foreign-born person who doesn’t have a legal right to be or remain in the United States. There are multiple ways for undocumented immigrants to obtain a legal status. Although, not everyone will qualify for these paths, they might present an opportunity for some. Permanent […]

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Immigration Provisions in the Build Back Better Act

Background: President Biden’s Build Back Better Act aims to provide investments in public education, childcare, housing, immigration, and healthcare while funding efforts to fight devastating climate change. The latest round of immigration provisions (“Plan C”) in the Build Back Better Act largely focus on: Providing temporary protections and a work permit to undocumented immigrants; Expediting a pathway […]

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What is Visa Retrogression? The DOS Visa Bulletin

Big picture Congress sets limits on the number of immigrant visas (aka Green Cards) that can be issued each year. In order to adjust status to that of legal permanent resident, an immigrant visa must be available to the applicant both at the time of filing and at the time of adjudication.  The Department of […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Asylum

Asylum Explained Asylum is a a form of protection that allows an individual, who feels their life is in danger, to seek refuge in safer countries instead of being removed (deported) to a country where he or she fears persecution or harm. Every year people come to the United States seeking protection because they have […]

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Key facts about U.S. immigration policies and Biden’s proposed changes

The Biden administration is acting on a number of fronts to reverse Trump-era restrictions on immigration to the United States. The steps include plans to boost refugee admissions, preserving deportation relief for unauthorized immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and not enforcing the “public charge” rule that denies green cards to immigrants who might use public […]

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Can Immigrants Receive Coronavirus Stimulus Checks?

In order to qualify for the payments, you must be either a U.S. citizen, a lawful permanent resident (green card holder), or a qualifying resident alien, and have a Social Security number. What Are the Stimulus Payments? COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, has disrupted life across the United States and around the world. In order to […]

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COVID-19 Impact on the U.S. Immigration System

As the world responds to a novel coronavirus, numerous of countries, including the United States, have implemented travel or entry restrictions and closed their borders in an attempt to prevent the virus from spreading. Mandatory lockdown has affected the U.S. immigration system and disrupted immigration services and proceedings. In just over a week, there have […]

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