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TPS designated for Yemen

On September 3, 2015, the US Department of Homeland Security has designated the Republic of Yemen for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for the period of September 3, 2015 through March 3, 2017. This designation allows nationals of Yemen (and aliens who have no nationality but who last habitually resided in Yemen) who have continuously resided […]

How Legal Gay Marriage Changes the Employment Relationship

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that same-sex couples have the right to enter into a legal marriage.  The Court determined that, by banning such marriages, States were violating the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution (the Equal Protection clause) and thus, struck down those bans on same-sex marriage. Obviously, this decision has […]

Time to Register for TPS for Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone Extended

Today the Department of Homeland Security announced that it has extended the initial registration period deadline until August 18, 2015. This registration deadline applies to nationals of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. (Previously, the deadline for nationals of Guinea was May 27, 2015.) TPS was established for nationals of these countries because of the Ebola […]

TPS desiganted for Nepal

Nepali citizens who are in the United States as of June 24, 2015 are eligible to apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Today, the Department of Homeland Security announced that Nepali citizens may be granted up to 18 months of TPS if they satisfy all eligibility criteria.. This includes demonstrating that they have been both […]

Same sex marriage case approved by Columbus, Ohio office

Today I attended my fourth same-sex marriage based interview at the Columbus, Ohio USCIS office . I am pleased to report again that the USCIS officer who interviewed my clients was very professional and treated my clients respectfully. My clients were treated the same way this officer treats couples in traditional marriages. For a couple of […]

New H-1B season for FY 2016 opened and closed in 5 busines days

The Federal government works on a fiscal year basis, with the fiscal year starting on October 1 of each year. The next fiscal year (2016) runs from October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016.  Each fiscal year, new allotments of immigrant and non-immigrant visas become available. One highly coveted non-immigrant visa is the H-1B visa. […]

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Revitalize the Local Economy & Invest in America

Small businesses in the U.S. are becoming increasingly owned by immigrants into the United States, no matter the type of business. These businesses are helping to revitalize the economy as the recession has finally begun to slow and the economy is beginning to rebound. While most of these businesses are single-location businesses that do not […]

Who are the Unauthorized Immigrants in the US?

It is estimated that 11.7 million people living in the United States today are unauthorized immigrants. Who are these people? Where do they come from? How long have they been here? What do we know about them? First, we need to understand the term “unauthorized immigrant”. This term includes people who made a legal entry into the […]

US Grants Temporary Protected Status to People from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone

The Department of Homeland Security has designated Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for a period of 18 months, effective November 21, 2014 through May 31, 2016. This designation was made because the US has found that these countries are experiencing extraordinary and temporary conditions that prevent their nationals from returning […]

President Obama’s Deferred Action for Parents of US Citizens and Expansion of DACA

Last week President Obama announced a series of executive actions. A few of these might apply to you or someone you know. The first one has to do with “deferred action” for parents of US citizen children. An undocumented adult who is living in the United States since January 1, 2010 and who has a US citizen or lawful […]

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