TPS extension for Salvadorians
The Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of El Salvador for an additional 18 months, beginning Sept 10, 2013 ending March 9, 2015.
Salvadorian Beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS must re-register during the 60 day re-registration that will be available starting May 30, 2013, through July 29, 2013. The USCIS office recommends beneficiaries to register as soon as possible once the 60 day period begins.
This 18 month extension allowa TPS re-registrants to apply for a new employment authorization document (EAD). Salvadorian TPS beneficiaries who re-register during this registration period will receive a new EAD with an expiration date of March 9, 2015. The USCIS recognizes that some re-registrants may not receive their EAD until the current one expires. USCIS is automatically extending current TPS El Salvador EADs bearing in September 9, 2013, expiration date for additional six months. These existing EADs are now valid through march 9, 2014.
Democratic and Republican senators unveiled this Tuesday a long-waited landmark legislation, giving millions of illegal immigrats an opportunity to eventually become U.S. citizens
Under this proposal, undocumented immigrants who came to the United States before December 31 2011, and had stayed in the country continously could apply for a "provisional" legal status as soon as six months after de bill is signed by the president.
Beyond that, they would have to wait a decade or more for full citizenship which would entitle them to federal benefits, while the government works on further securing U.S. borders and enforcing the new immigration law.
Even with the many caveats, the proposal faces months of debate, scores of amendments and potentially significant opposition, particularly in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.
The bill sets a goal of stopping 90 percent of illegal crossigs at the riskiest sections of the southern border with Mexico, either by catching people or forcing them to go back to their country.
The U Visa
The U Visa: Obtaining Legal Status For Victims Of Serious Crimes
While voulnteering at Last year's Community Law Night, held at the Redwood City Hall of Justice, I hapened to overhear a coversation between my neighbor volunteer attorney and a community member who had been the victim of a hit-and-run incident.
The man wanted to know how he could obtain some type of compensation to pay his medical bills resulting from being run over. The complicating factor was the man had no legal immigration status and was worried about apllying for funds from the California Victim Compensation Program because he might be reported to immigration. Before the man left the interview, I leaned over and told him he might be eligible to obtain legal status, directly as a result of being the victim of a particularly serious crime - through a relatively new form of relief, the U Visa. Depending on specific facts of the hit-and-run, the crime could fall under the category of a "felonious assault" and render him eligible for a U Visa.