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How to Register to Vote As a New U.S. Citizen

Learn the voting rules in your state Voting rules are different in every state. However, with exception to North Dakota, all states require citizens to register if they want to vote. How you register to vote can vary too. In many cases you can register to vote online, at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), […]

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What Biden’s Pardon For Marijuana Convictions Means For Immigrants

The executive order is believed to be the first step at cannabis decriminalization, here’s what that could mean for immigration. President Biden announced he would pardon thousands of people convicted of cannabis possession under federal law. The pardon only affects 6,500 Americans, and non-citizens were excluded from the order. In a statement, Biden said, “My […]

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How to Request a Travel Authorization Extension for Beneficiaries of U4U

The below step-by-step guide provides information for Supporters of Uniting for Ukraine on how to request an extension of a travel authorization that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued to a beneficiary you agreed to support. Travel authorizations are valid for 90 days. However, if a beneficiary of Uniting for Ukraine cannot travel to the […]

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Fair and Humane Public Charge Rule

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a final rule, to be published in the Federal Register, that provides clarity and consistency for noncitizens on how DHS will administer the public charge ground of inadmissibility. The rule restores the historical understanding of a ‘public charge’ that had been in place for decades, until […]

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Current Status of U.S. Visa Services By Country – August 2022

The coronavirus pandemic led to the suspension of U.S. visa services around the world. As restrictions start to ease, most U.S. embassies and consulates have resumed certain immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments. Learn the current status of visa services in your country: COUNTRY VISA SERVICES Philippines U.S. Embassy Manila has resumed all routine visa services. […]

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Biden Administration Proposes National ID Cards for Undocumented Immigrants

The Biden administration has proposed a new national identification card system for undocumented immigrants. The “ICE Secure Docket Card program” would give migrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border and other immigrants without legal status temporary ID cards (and in turn, a legal way to identify themselves) as they navigate their immigration cases or removal court […]

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How Could Marijuana Impact Your Immigration Status?

As of July 2022, 38 states have legalized the medical use of cannabis to differing degrees. Each jurisdiction has its own criteria regarding what conditions cannabis can be prescribed for, in what amounts, and the process for issuing medical marijuana licenses. Based on this, immigrants may believe using marijuana in a state that has legalized […]

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Asylum: Defensive vs Affirmative

An asylum is a form of protection that allows an individual to remain in the United States instead of being removed to a country of feared persecution. There are two paths to asylum in the U.S.: the affirmative asylum process for individuals who are not in removal proceedings, and the defensive asylum process for individuals who are […]

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How to Calculate EAD Automatic Extensions

Automatic Employment Authorization Document (EAD) extensions are confusing. Before you can figure out whether one of the various extensions applies, you need to identify the EAD category. Certain EAD applicants are entitled to 180-day automatic extensions if they have pending, timely filed EAD renewal applications. The code on the face of the expired EAD indicates eligibility. Those who […]

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U.S. Employment-Based Immigration Sponsorship Fees: Who Is Required to Pay?

Employers and employees alike often inquire as to who may pay immigration sponsorship fees for certain nonimmigrant petitions and the permanent residency (green card) process. The answer often depends on a few details, including the specific immigration process, who is requesting the fee, the visa type, and the specific expense. Fees Associated With H-1B, H-1B1, […]

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