A Way to Show Thanks For Thanksgiving

In September, the Washington Post published an article that I saved to include in my Thanksgiving blog. It was about residents at a long-term care facility in Northern Virginia – the Goodwin House. As the article mentions, one of every four workers in long-term care facilities are immigrants. Immigrants make up about 17% of the entire medical workforce in the U.S. More are needed as we continue to deal with the Read More

Practicality and Compassion Shown in New Guidelines For Removal

Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently issued new guidelines for the apprehension and removal of noncitizens who are physically present in the U.S. The guidelines state that there are an estimated 11 million undocumented or otherwise removable noncitizens in the U.S. and that DHS does not have the resources to apprehend and seek the removal of all 11 million. The Read More

Big Win in Immigration District in Florida for those with TPS

I just received a copy of a newly issued decision that is so good that I have read it several times just to make sure it said what I thought it said. This decision is highly technical but vitally important to the ability of those with TPS (temporary protected status) to obtain permanent residence. Previously (for a short time) in the district that includes Florida, USCIS was approving residence applications for those Read More

Medical Exams For Immigration Now Require COVID-19 Vaccination

For those who are applying for legal permanent resident status (aka Green Card) a vital part of the approval process is the medical examination. The exams are required to be done by medical doctors who have been approved by USCIS. The purpose of the exam is to ensure that aliens entering the U.S. (or already here and applying for resident status) do not pose a threat to the public health and to identify the presence Read More

Immigrants Are Making Shoes in Maine For Team USA and Immigrants Are Bringing Home the Gold

There is an inspiring story on newscentermaine.com about a shoemaker in Maine. Rancourt & Co is a three-generation family-owned shoemaker in Lewiston, Maine. Owner Mike Rancourt was interviewed recently about the challenges the company faced with finding people who wanted to be shoemakers. This created worries about whether the business could continue. Three years ago, a group of French-speaking African Read More

Promoting Naturalization is now a priority of the U.S. Government!

Now I know why so many of my clients have had naturalization interviews over the last few months. According to the USCIS Naturalization Policies Fact Sheet published in June 2021, USCIS processed over 180,000 naturalization applications between March and April 2021 which has allowed them to return to pre-pandemic processing times. Congratulations to all my clients who are now “Americans by Choice”.  On July Read More

EAD Issued For Two Years

Good news Adjustment of Status, Employment Authorization Documents and Processing Delays One of the biggest problems that immigration clients have experienced over the last 4 years has been increasingly long processing delays. The pandemic certainly exacerbated this, but the problems existed pre-pandemic. When a person applies for permanent resident status (green card) in the U.S., the application is called Read More

Undocumented can now get the vaccine without proof of residency.

Last month I wrote a blog about how undocumented people were unable to obtain the Covid vaccine due to the application of documentary requirements that were written to allow “snowbirds” to obtain vaccines. I am happy to report that undocumented people can now get the vaccine without multiple proofs of residency. All that must be presented at this time is proof of age because the vaccines are not approved for Read More

Sanity and Common Sense are returning to USCIS adjudications of Non-Immigrant Petition Extensions.

In 2004, USCIS issued a “Deference Policy” which wisely provided guidance to adjudicators that a prior determination of eligibility should be given deference if there was no material change in the underlying facts. This policy is mainly applicable to non-immigrant business petitions such as a professional visa or a petition for a multinational manager/executive.  For the professional visa (H-1B), an applicant Read More

Extraordinary Ability Visas

I thought that this month I would write a blog about Extraordinary Ability Visas. There are provisions in the immigration law that allow a person to come to the U.S. temporarily or permanently if they can prove “Extraordinary Ability” in their field. The field can be virtually anything – it applies to people in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics but the standards of proof are quite rigorous. A ton Read More