Oct 05, 2021
The Department of State announced on their website that the online registration for the 2023 Diversity Visa Program is set to open on Wednesday October 6, 2021 at 12:00 noon, (EDT), and will close on Tuesday November 9, 2021 at 12:00. The Department has also published its website the DV-2023 Program Instructions. Learn more in this blog.
Sep 29, 2021
In a statement released September 3, 2021, USCIS stated that it would extend the validity period for extensions of status for certain petitions to remove conditions of residency. Specifically, the agency is extending the time that receipt notices of properly filed Form I-751 (Petitions to Remove Conditions on Residence) or Form I-829 (Petition by Investor to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status) can be used to show evidence of status while their cases remain pending with USCIS.
Mar 10, 2021
The Biden Administration announced it will no longer support or defend appellate challenges to theUnited States Citizenship and Immigration Service’s (“USCIS”) public charge rule. The public charge rule, previously announced by USCIS in 2019, states that a foreign national may be denied admission to the United States or adjustment of status to that of a Lawful Permanent Resident if they have received government-issued public benefits such as cash or medical assistance. The rule was clearly a thinly veiled attempt by the prior administration to deny immigration benefits to low-income individuals.
Mar 09, 2021
The Biden Administration has announced that it will offer Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to an estimated 300,000 Venezuelans living in the United States. Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, announced the designation on behalf of the Administration, authorizing TPS for eighteen months, or until September of 2022. Learn more in this blog.
Feb 23, 2021
On February 22, 2021, the Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments and determine the legality of the Trump Administration’s immigration rule that bars individuals from receiving residency if they previously received public benefits. The rule is commonly referred to as the “public charge rule.” Legal challenges to the rule have wound their way through the federal court system and now the final decision about the validity of the public charge rule rests with the Supreme Court. Learn more in this blog.
Feb 19, 2021
The Biden Administration has ordered the Department of Homeland Security to review and update policies related to enforcement guidelines. As an initial step, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has released new guidance on immigration enforcement and removal categories. The enforcement priorities are divided into three main categories. Learn more in this blog.
Jan 21, 2021
President Biden announced a 100-day moratorium on deportations to allow his Administration time to review relevant priorities for deportation within the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”). The order stops all deportations for those foreign nationals physically present in the United States prior to November 1, 2020. There several notable exceptions for those who voluntarily choose to accept removal and those who present a national security threat. Learn more in this blog.
Jan 20, 2021
Donald Trump, in one of his final acts as President, issued an executive order yesterday deferring removal of Venezuelan nationals from the United States for eighteen months beginning January 20, 2021. Learn more in this blog.
Jan 20, 2021
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are poised to present a comprehensive and compassionate immigration reform package to Congress for passage on the first day of their historic Administration. The comprehensive plan to grant status to over ten million undocumented immigrants currently in the United States will be the most anticipated legislative reform package in years. Learn more in this blog.
Dec 09, 2020
Un juez federal de Nueva York ordenó a la Administración Trump que comience a aceptar nuevas solicitudes de DACA (Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia) de inmediato. Green & Spiegel ofrece evaluaciones gratuitas de DACA, en inglés y español, para las personas que creen que pueden calificar para el programa. Comuníquese con Green & Spiegel al (215) 395-8959 hoy.
Dec 09, 2020
A federal judge in New York has ordered the Trump Administration to begin accepting new DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) applications beginning immediately. As a result of the ruling, the Department of Homeland Security has posted policy guidelines acknowledging that they intend to accept new applications for qualified applicants and extend one-year work authorization cards to two years for existing recipients. Learn more in this blog.
Oct 08, 2020
The Executive Office of Immigration Review, the Justice Department agency in charge of administering U.S. Immigration Courts, has proposed a massive fee increase for the filing of certain applications and appeals. The fee increases are substantial—for example, the filing fee for an appeal of a decision of an Immigration Judge to the Board of Immigration Appeals is proposed to move from $110.00 to $975.00.
Jul 31, 2020
Nationwide Injunction Entered Against Application of Public Charge Rule by USCIS and DOS
Jun 18, 2020
On Thursday, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was deemed invalid because the Trump administration made the change without compliance with proper procedural compliance. Learn more in this blog.
Apr 01, 2020
A Rhode Island restaurant group challenged a USCIS denial and won H-1B “specialty occupation” status for its General Operations Manager, an Indian national, in federal court. Learn more in this press release.
Mar 15, 2020
USCIS announced Friday, March 13, 2020, that the Public Charge Rule does not restrict access to testing, screening, or treatment of communicable diseases, including COVID-19. In addition, the rule does not restrict access to vaccines for children or adults to prevent vaccine-preventable diseases. Learn more in this blog.
Mar 15, 2020
The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) announced late Friday that Immigration Courts are postponing non-detained Master Calendar Hearings beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 through April 10, 2020 for hearings in Newark, New York City, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco and Boston. The Seattle Immigration Court was previously closed indefinitely in response to the outbreak. Unfortunately, at the risk of further spreading COVID-19, EOIR maintains that all other Immigration Court locations remain operational—this includes the Philadelphia Immigration Court. Learn more in this blog.
Oct 11, 2019
Beginning October 15, 2019, all applicants for adjustment of status will be required to file a new, Form I-944, Declaration of Self-Sufficiency with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). USCIS has instituted this new form in order for individuals applying for permanent residence to demonstrate that they are not likely be become a “a public charge” pursuant to INA § 212(a)(4). Learn more in this blog.
Jul 12, 2019
El Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE) planea comenzar redadas el domingo para atacar a las familias migrantes recién llegadas que ya han recibido órdenes definitivas de expulsión. La Administración de Trump ha declarado que la operación se enfocará en aquellos con órdenes de deportación, pero las operaciones pueden detener a otros en la escena que no fueron los objetivos iniciales de las redadas.
Jul 12, 2019
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) plans to begin raids on Sunday to target recently arrived migrant families who have already been issued final orders of removal. The Trump Administration has stated that the operation will focus on those with orders of deportation, but the operations may detain others on the scene who were not the initial targets of the raids. Learn more in this blog.
Jul 10, 2019
The Trump Administration is preparing to end in-court interpreters for initial Immigration Court hearings. While the Immigration Court typically provides in-person or telephonic interpretation for all court hearings, the Trump Administration is planning to end the practice in the coming weeks. Learn more in this blog.
Jul 10, 2019
La Administración de Trump se está preparando para terminar con los intérpretes de la corte para las audiencias iniciales de la Corte de Inmigración. Si bien la Corte de Inmigración generalmente proporciona interpretación en persona o por teléfono para todas las audiencias judiciales, la Administración de Trump planea terminar la práctica en las próximas semanas. En su lugar, a los inmigrantes en los procedimientos iniciales de la Corte de Inmigración se les mostrará un video grabado en varios idiomas que expliquen sus derechos y el proceso judicial.
Jun 28, 2019
President Donald Trump announced last week that his Administration would begin targeting immigrants for large-scale arrests and deportation. Just five days later, he halted the operation. Learn more in this blog.
Mar 15, 2019
On March 29, 2019, the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) will end self-scheduled appointments to meet with an immigration officer. These appointments, known as InfoPass appointments, will now be scheduled by USCIS pursuant to the agency’s Information Service Modernization Program. Learn more.
Feb 13, 2019
The Trump Administration has instituted a new Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP) which calls for certain immigrants seeking admission to the United States at the southern border to be returned to Mexico to await adjudication of their claims in U.S. immigration court. The MPP is being billed as a system to “help restore a safe and orderly immigration process.” Learn more in our blog.
Jan 02, 2019
President Trump’s border wall impasse and the subsequent government shutdown have affected immigration courts nationwide.Learn how in this blog. Should you need assistance with an immigration court case, please contact Green and Spiegel's removal defense team at (215) 395-8959.
Dec 19, 2018
In a reversal of policy initially formed under the administrations’ “extreme vetting”, USCIS officers now have the discretion to waive interviews for I-751 petitioners seeking to remove conditions of their permanent residency provided that they have presented sufficient documentary evidence and meet other requirements.
Oct 25, 2018
Senior Associate Stephen Antwine joins Green and Spiegel, establishing dedicated practice.
Oct 10, 2018
Un juez de un tribunal de distrito de EE. UU. ha impedido temporalmente que la Administración Trump ponga fin al estado de protección...
Oct 10, 2018
A U.S. District Court Judge has temporarily blocked the Trump Administration from ending Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for immigrants from Nica...