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5 things you need to know regarding the new DACA ruling.

As of July 16th, DHS is prohibited from approving new DACA applications. Existing DACA recipients will not be affected by this ruling and will be able to continue renewing their applications. New applicants are still able to apply. DHS however is not able to approve new applications unless the ruling is overturned by an appeals Court in the future.

The five things you need to know are:

  1. If you have DACA right now, you are still protected and will be able to continue renewing it.
  2. If you are eligible for DACA but have never applied: DHS can still accept your application but will not be able to process it or approve.
  3. Unless your Advance Parole application was already approved as of July 16th, Advance Parole is closed for DACA recipients.
  4. If your application renewal is already being processed: your renewal should continue as normal.
  5. If your first-time application has not been approved as of July 16th: DHS will NOT approve your request. Only initial applications approved as of July 16th will be processed.

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A partir del 16 de julio, el Departamento de Homeland Security tiene prohibido aprobar nuevas aplicaciones de DACA. Los portadores actuales de DACA no serán afectados por esta orden y podrán renovar su aplicación. Nuevos aplicantes aún tienen la posibilidad de aplicar, sin embargo DHS (Departamento de Seguridad Ciudadana) no tiene permitido aprobar dichas aplicaciones al menos que una Corte anule la decision.

Cinco cosas que debes saber sobre esta nueva decisión:

1. Si tiene DACA en este momento, todavía está protegido y podrá continuar renovando.

2. Si es elegible para DACA pero nunca ha presentado una solicitud: DHS aún puede aceptar su solicitud, pero no podrá procesarla ni aprobarla.

3. A menos que su solicitud de libertad condicional anticipada (Advance Parole) ya haya sido aprobada el 16 de julio, la libertad condicional anticipada (Advance Parole) está cerrada para los beneficiarios de DACA.

4. Si la renovación de su solicitud ya se está procesando: su renovación debería continuar con normalidad.

5. Si su solicitud de primera vez no ha sido aprobada hasta el día de hoy: DHS NO aprobará su solicitud. Solo se procesarán las solicitudes iniciales aprobadas a partir del 16 de julio.

Extension and re-designation of Yemen for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months.

On July 6, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced the extension and re-designation of Yemen for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. This extension and re-designation will be in effect from Sept. 4, 2021, through March 3, 2023. Instructions for applying for TPS will be included in the upcoming Federal Register notice on TPS Yemen.

Find some important dates below:

  • TPS Extended Through: March 3, 2023
  • Re-Registration Period for Individuals Who Already Have TPS: July 9, 2021 – Sept. 7, 2021
  • Initial Registration Period for Individuals Who do not Currently Have TPS: July 9, 2021 – March 3, 2023
  • Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Auto-Extended Through: March 2, 2022
  • Continuous Residence in the U.S. Since: July 5, 2021
  • Continuous Physical Presence in U.S. Since: Sept. 4, 2021
  • TPS Designation Date: Sept. 3, 2015
  • Current TPS Designation: Sept. 3, 2021

Source: USCIS.

Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness: filing for adjustment of status extended.

The filing period for certain Liberian nationals and certain family members to apply for adjustment of status under the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF) provision has been extended from one year to two years.

If you think you may be eligible but still have questions it is always a good idea to schedule a legal consultation.

USCIS prepared the following Q&A sheet: if you still have questions.

Here are 3 things you need to know about the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness

  1. What is? Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness is a program established by Congress that provides Liberian nationals who have lived in the United States for many years an opportunity to apply for lawful permanent resident (LPR) status, receive a green card, and eventually to naturalize as U.S. citizens.
  2. When? The program was created on December 20, 2019. Congress reached a bipartisan consensus to pass LRIF, a law that established a pathway to permanent status and ultimately citizenship for Liberians living in the U.S. For three decades, many Liberians in the U.S. have been protected from deportation and authorized to work, as conditions in Liberia remained unsafe for return. These protections provided critical humanitarian relief for Liberians living in the U.S., and also provided support for Liberia as a valued U.S. ally.
  3. Who is eligible? Individuals can apply for adjustment of status under LRIF if they are a Liberian national and have been continuously present in the U.S. since at least November 20, 2014, and have not committed certain crimes. Spouses and unmarried children of LRIF-eligible Liberian nationals can also apply for a green card under LRIF.

Schedule a legal consultation at ☎️(510) 437-9998 if you think you can qualify for adjustment of status under the LRIF provision.

Supreme Court Rules Against Immigrants with Temporary Status Seeking Green Cards.

However, there are exceptions in which it is possible to apply for permanent residence being a beneficiary of TPS if you meet certain requirements.

Schedule a consultation and let’s find a legal solution to your situation.

Read more on Supreme Court Rules Against Immigrants with TPS Seeking Green Cards below
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The justices said immigrants with “temporary protected status” who entered the country without authorization may not apply for lawful permanent residency.

The case confronted two sections of immigration law: one that says that those in TPS should be considered as “maintaining lawful status,” and another that says in order to adjust status, an individual in TPS must have been admitted lawfully.

Justice Elena Kagan wrote for the court that federal immigration law prohibits people who entered the country illegally and now have Temporary Protected Status from seeking “green cards” to remain in the country permanently.

The decision does not affect immigrants with TPS who initially entered the U.S. legally and then overstayed their visa. Because those people were legally admitted to the country and later were given humanitarian protections, they can seek to become permanent residents.

Background:

The case, Sanchez v. Mayorkas, No. 20-315, could affect tens of thousands of immigrants. It was brought by Jose Sanchez and Sonia Gonzalez, natives of El Salvador who entered the United States unlawfully in the late 1990s.

Mr. Sanchez and Ms. Gonzalez, a married couple, were granted protection under the program. In 2014, they applied for lawful permanent residency, commonly known as a green card. After their application was denied, they sued.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, in Philadelphia, ruled against them, saying they were ineligible under a part of the immigration laws that requires applicants to have been “inspected and admitted” into the United States.

Temporary protected status, Judge Thomas M. Hardiman wrote for the unanimous three-judge panel, “does not constitute an admission.”

Schedule a consultation and together we can find a legal solution for your case. Call us at (510) 437-9998.

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La Corte Suprema de Estados Unidos resuelve que las personas beneficiarias del programa TPS no son elegibles para una residencia permanente.
Sin embargo, existen excepciones en las que es posible aplicar a una residencia permanente siendo beneficiario del programa TPS al cumplir con ciertos requisitos específicos.

Sugerimos agendar una consulta si Usted cree que puede cumplir los requisitos o para evaluar su caso particular.

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Los jueces dijeron que los inmigrantes con “estatus de protección temporal” que ingresaron al país sin autorización no pueden solicitar la residencia permanente legal.  
El caso enfrentó dos secciones de la ley de inmigración: una que dice que aquellos en TPS deben ser considerados como “manteniendo el estatus legal”, y otro que dice que para ajustar el estatus, un individuo en TPS debe haber sido admitido legalmente.  
La jueza Elena Kagan escribió para el tribunal que la ley federal de inmigración prohíbe a las personas que ingresaron al país ilegalmente y ahora tienen un estatus de protección temporal solicitar residencia permanente (Green card), para permanecer en el país de forma permanente.  
La decisión no afecta a los inmigrantes con TPS que inicialmente ingresaron a los EE. UU. legalmente y se quedaron más tiempo de su visa. Debido a que esas personas fueron admitidas legalmente en el país y luego recibieron protección humanitaria, ellos pueden buscar convertirse en residentes permanentes.

National Immigrant Heritage Month, 2021

Highlights from the Proclamation
on National Immigrant Heritage Month:

  • America is, always has been, and always will be a Nation of immigrants.
  • During National Immigrant Heritage Month, we reaffirm and draw strength from that enduring identity and celebrate the history and achievements of immigrant communities across our Nation.
  • In every era, immigrant innovators, workers, entrepreneurs, and community leaders have fortified and defended us, fed us and cared for us, advanced the limits of our thinking, and broken new ground.
  • After an especially difficult period marked by both the COVID-19 pandemic and the all-too-frequent demonization of immigrants, it is vital that our Nation reflect on the leadership, resilience, and courage shown by generations of immigrant communities, and recommit ourselves to our values as a welcoming Nation.
  • I am honored to serve alongside Vice President Harris, the first daughter of immigrants to hold the Office of the Vice President, and to work with so many dedicated public servants who are immigrants — and who carry with them every day the legacies of their families’ sacrifice and resilience.
  • Nearly 11 million people in this country are undocumented — and it is time that the Congress acts by passing the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, the immigration reform plan that I introduced on day one of my Presidency. 
  • My plan would provide a pathway to lawful permanent residency and citizenship for these undocumented immigrants, including Dreamers, individuals with Temporary Protected Status, farm workers, and other essential workers who contribute to our Nation every day.
  • Vice President Harris and I affirm that immigrants historically have made and continue to make our Nation stronger.  I urge my fellow Americans to join us this month in celebrating immigrant heritage, stories, and cultures.

President Biden.

Read the full proclamation here.

Traducción a español

  • Estados Unidos es, siempre ha sido y siempre será una nación de inmigrantes.
  • Durante el Mes Nacional de la Herencia del Inmigrante, reafirmamos y sacamos fuerza de esa identidad perdurable y celebramos la historia y los logros de las comunidades de inmigrantes en toda nuestra nación.
  • En todas las épocas, los inmigrantes innovadores, trabajadores, empresarios y líderes comunitarios nos han fortalecido y defendido, nos han alimentado y cuidado, han avanzado los límites de nuestro pensamiento y han abierto nuevos caminos.
  • Después de un período especialmente difícil marcado tanto por la pandemia de COVID-19 como por la demonización demasiado frecuente de los inmigrantes, es vital que nuestra Nación reflexione sobre el liderazgo, la resistencia y el coraje mostrados por generaciones de comunidades de inmigrantes, y volvamos a comprometernos con nuestros valores como Nación acogedora.
  • Es un honor para mí servir junto con la vicepresidente Harris, la primera hija de inmigrantes en ocupar el cargo de vicepresidente, y trabajar con tantos servidores públicos dedicados que son inmigrantes, y que llevan consigo todos los días el legado de sus familias sacrificio y resiliencia.
  • Casi 11 millones de personas en este país son indocumentadas, y es hora de que el Congreso actúe aprobando la Ley de Ciudadanía de los Estados Unidos de 2021, el plan de reforma migratoria que presenté el primer día de mi presidencia.
  • Mi plan proporcionaría un camino hacia la residencia permanente legal y la ciudadanía para estos inmigrantes indocumentados, incluidos los soñadores, las personas con estatus de protección temporal, los trabajadores agrícolas y otros trabajadores esenciales que contribuyen a nuestra nación todos los días.
  • La vicepresidenta Harris y yo afirmamos que históricamente los inmigrantes han hecho y continúan fortaleciendo a nuestra nación.
  • Insto a mis compatriotas estadounidenses a que se unan a nosotros este mes para celebrar la herencia, las historias y las culturas de los inmigrantes.

Presidente Biden


Secretary Mayorkas Designates Haiti for Temporary Protected Status for 18 Months

New Designation Allows Eligible Haitians to Apply for TPS and Employment Authorization

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced a new 18-month designation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). This new TPS designation enables Haitian nationals (and individuals without nationality who last resided in Haiti) currently residing in the United States as of May 21, 2021 to file initial applications for TPS, so long as they meet eligibility requirements.

It is important to note that TPS will apply only to those individuals who are already residing in the United States as of May 21, 2021 and meet all other requirements. Those who attempt to travel to the United States after this announcement will not be eligible for TPS and may be repatriated. Haiti’s 18-month designation will go into effect on the publication date of the Federal Register notice to come shortly. The Federal Register notice will provide instructions for applying for TPS and employment authorization documentation.

  • Individuals eligible for TPS under Haiti’s new designation must file an application for TPS with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services within the registration period that will begin upon publication of the Federal Register notice.
  • This includes current beneficiaries under Haiti’s TPS designation, who will need to file a new application to register for TPS to ensure they do not lose TPS or experience a gap in coverage.
  • Individuals filing for TPS may also request an Employment Authorization Document and travel authorization.
  • All individuals applying for TPS undergo security and background checks as part of determining eligibility.
  • Existing TPS Haiti beneficiaries retain their TPS and TPS-related documents through October 4, 2021, and DHS will continue to extend the benefit and documents if required to comply with court orders. These beneficiaries are also eligible to apply under the new designation of Haiti to receive TPS for the entire 18-month period that will be described in the soon-to-be published Federal Register notice.

Schedule a legal consultation with Mira Law Group if you think you may qualify for TPS or are unsure and want to know more on how to navigate the U.S. immigration system.

Restarting the Central America Minors Program

  • The Departments of State and Homeland Security (DHS) have initiated the first phase of reinstituting and improving the CAM program to reunite qualified children from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras with their parent or parents who are lawfully present in the United States.
  • This program provides a safe, legal, and orderly alternative to the risks incurred in the attempt to migrate to the United States irregularly.
  • The U.S. southern border remains closed to irregular migration, and we reiterate our warning that people not attempt that dangerous journey.
  • The State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) is working closely with DHS’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to reopen the program in two phases:
  • The first will process eligible applications that were closed when the program was terminated in 2017
  • and the second will begin to accept new applications with updated guidance to follow.
  • Read the full media note here.

We will keep you posted about the latest news regarding immigration law

Reanudación del Programa de Menores Centroamericanos

  • El Departamento de Estado y el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional (Department of Homeland Security, DHS) han iniciado la primera fase del proceso de restablecimiento y mejora del programa CAM (Central American Minors) para que los menores de El Salvador, Guatemala y Honduras que reúnen los requisitos puedan reencontrarse con su progenitor o progenitores que estén legalmente presentes en Estados Unidos.
  • Este programa ofrece una alternativa segura, legal y ordenada a los riesgos que se exponen al intentar migrar a Estados Unidos en forma irregular. 
  • La frontera sur de EE.UU. permanece cerrada a la migración irregular, y reiteramos nuestra advertencia que las personas no deben intentar hacer ese viaje peligroso. 
  • La Oficina de Población, Refugiados y Migración (Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, PRM) del Departamento de Estado está trabajando en estrecha colaboración con el Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de Estados Unidos (United States Citizenship and Immigration Service, USCIS) del DHS para reabrir el programa en dos fases: 
  • en la primera se procesarán las solicitudes elegibles que se cerraron cuando se canceló el programa en 2017,
  • en la segunda se comenzarán a aceptar nuevas solicitudes, y daremos en breve más pautas actualizadas sobre esto.
  • La oficina de PRM y el USCIS ya han identificado todos los casos suspendidos que reúnen los requisitos para la reapertura y trabajarán en coordinación con los organismos de reasentamiento nacionales para ponerse en contacto con los progenitores elegibles, a fin de verificar que aún tengan presencia legal en Estados Unidos y desean reabrir el caso de sus hijos.
  • Lea el comunicado completo aquí.

Seguiremos informando todas las noticias relacionadas a este y otros programas de interés para la comunidad.

If you are a Venezuelan and think you are elegible for TPS schedule a legal consultation today.

Secretary Mayorkas Designates Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status for 18 Months: New Designation Allows Eligible Venezuelans to Apply for TPS and Employment Authorization Documents.null

  • Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas is designating Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, until September 2022.
  • This new designation enables Venezuelan nationals currently residing in the United States to file initial applications for TPS, so long as they meet eligibility requirements.
  • Only individuals who can demonstrate continuous residence in the United States as of March 8, 2021 are eligible for TPS under Venezuela’s designation.
  • Individuals desiring TPS must file an application with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services within the 180-day registration period. They may also apply for Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) and for travel authorization.
  • Individuals who apply for and receive TPS and who are also covered by DED do not need to apply for Employment Authorization Documentations under both programs
  • USCIS encourages individuals who believe they are eligible for TPS to apply during the initial registration period announced in the FRN, even if they are also covered by DED, in case they cannot qualify for TPS late initial filing after DED has expired.
  • Additional details will be published in the Federal Register.

Si Usted es Venezolano/a y cree que es elegible para TPS, llame para agendar una consulta legal ahora.

Secretario Mayorkas Designa a Venezuela Estatus de Protección Temporal por 18 meses: La nueva designación permite que venezolanos elegibles soliciten TPS y Documentos de Autorización de Empleo.

  • El Secretario de Seguridad Nacional, Alejandro N. Mayorkas, ha designado a Venezuela para el Estatus de Protección Temporal (TPS) por 18 meses, hasta septiembre de 2022.
  • Esta nueva designación permite a los ciudadanos venezolanos que actualmente residen en los Estados Unidos presentar solicitudes iniciales para TPS, siempre que cumplan con los requisitos de elegibilidad.
  • Solo las personas que puedan demostrar su residencia continua en los Estados Unidos a partir del 8 de marzo de 2021 son elegibles para TPS bajo la designación de Venezuela.
  • Las personas que deseen TPS deben presentar una solicitud ante los Servicios de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de los EE. UU. Dentro del período de registro de 180 días. También pueden solicitar documentos de autorización de empleo (EAD) y autorización de viaje.
  • Las personas que solicitan y reciben TPS y que también están cubiertas por DED no necesitan solicitar la documentación de autorización de empleo en ambos programas.
  • USCIS exhorta a las personas que creen que son elegibles para TPS a solicitar durante el período de registro inicial anunciado en el FRN, incluso si también están cubiertos por DED, en caso de que no puedan calificar para la presentación inicial tardía de TPS después de que DED haya expirado.
  • Los detalles adicionales se publicarán en el Registro Federal (FRN)

First Latino and Immigrant Confirmed as Secretary Of Homeland Security

First Latino and Immigrant Confirmes As Secretary of Homeland Security.

On Tuesday Feb 2nd, The Senate confirmed Alejandro Mayorkas as the first Latino and first foreign-born person to run the department. The agency, oversees border security, immigration enforcement, cybersecurity and disaster relief.

“It is no small task to lead the Department of Homeland Security, but I will work to restore faith in our institutions, and protect our security here at home,” he wrote.

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Por primera vez, un latino e inmigrante, confirmado como Secretario de Seguridad Nacional.

El martes 2 de febrero, El Senado ha confirmado a Alejandro Mayorkas como el primer Latino y la primera persona nacida en el extranjero en liderar esta área. La agencia se encarga de los asuntos de seguridad en la frontera, el cumplimiento de la ley migratoria, seguridad cibernética y alivio de desastres.

“No es una tarea fácil liderar el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional, pero trabajaré para reestablecer la fe en nuestras instituciones y proteger la seguridad en nuestra casa” escribió.

Suspension of Entries for Certain Travelers

President Biden signed a Presidential Proclamation to temporarily suspend and restrict entry into the United States of certain travelers who pose a risk of transmitting coronavirus disease, who have been physically present in the Schengen Area, ( 26 European countries that have officially abolished all passport and all other types of border control at their mutual borders), the UK, Ireland, Brazil and South Africa in the 14 days prior to their entry or attempted entry into the US.

The Proclamation is entitled “Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Non-Immigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus Disease.”

This Proclamation takes effect at 12:01 am Eastern on January 26, 2021, with the provision on South Africa taking effect at 12:01 am Eastern on January 30, 2021.

“It is in the interests of the United States to take action to restrict and suspend the entry” of non-U.S. citizens who were in the noted countries  within 14 days of their attempted entry into the U.S., Biden’s proclamation says.

U.S. residents and nationals; spouses or children of citizens or residents; parents, guardians or minor siblings of citizens or residents under 21; those seeking asylum; and several other groups are exempt.

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El Presidente Biden firmó una proclamación presidencial para suspender temporalmente y restringir la entrada a los Estados Unidos de algunos viajeros que presentan un riesgo de transmitir la enfermedad de coronavirus, y que han estado físicamente presente en el Área Schengen (26 países europeos que oficialmente han eliminado la solicitud de pasaportes y otras formas de control fronterizo entre sí), el Reino Unido, Irlanda, Brazil y Sudáfrica en los 14 días anteriores a su entrada o intento de ingreso a Estados Unidos.

La Proclamación se titula “Suspensión de la entrada como inmigrantes y no inmigrantes de ciertas personas adicionales que presentan un riesgo de transmitir la enfermedad por coronavirus”

Esta proclamación es válida a partir de las 12:01 am hora del este del 26 de enero 2021, y en el caso de Sudáfrica con validez a las 12:01 am hora del este del 30 de enero 2021.

“Es de interés para los Estados Unidos tomar acción para restringir y suspender la entrada” de no ciudadanos de Estados Unidos que estuvieron en los países listados durante los 14 días previos a su entrada, dice la proclamación emitida.

Los residentes y ciudadanos, esposas o hijos de ciudadanos o residentes, padres, cuidadores o hermanos menores de ciudadanos o residentes menores de 21 años, aquellos que buscan asilo y otros grupos están exentos de esta restricción.