On Friday, January 8, 2021, a ruling was issued in US District Court striking down the proposed rules issued by the Trump administration making it harder to claim Asylum in the United States.  The rules sought to redefine how people qualify for asylum and similar forms of humanitarian protection if they face persecution at home.…

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USCIS has issued an automatic extension for TPS from January 4, 2021 until October 4, 2021.  Any person from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua or Sudan who currently holds TPS status will have there their status extended until October 4, 2021.  This includes Employment Authorization.

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On November 14, 2020, Judge Nicholas George Garaufis of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York issued an opinion regarding the July 28, 2020 memorandum[1] signed by Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf.[2] On December 4, 2020, Judge Garaufis required the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to take certain actions to implement…

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Enacted in December, 2019, The Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF) Program allows eligible Liberian Nationals and certain family members a one year window (Until December 20, 2020) to apply for adjustment of status to Permanent Resident (green card).  In order to qualify the Applicant must be:  A Liberian National; Living in the United States since…

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The October 2020 Visa Bulletin shows that Employment Based Third Preference (EB-3) for individuals born in China and India has a more recent cutoff date than Employment Based Second Preference (EB-2).  For such individuals, it is possible to file for Adjustment of Status to Permanent Resident (I-485) using the cutoff dates for the EB-3 Preference…

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