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- Final Rule on Processing I-601 Hardship Waiver Will Take Effect on March 4, 2013.
The waiver for unlawful presence may be granted only if the noncitizen is the spouse, son or daughter of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. If the waiver is being sought for a noncitizen fiancé(e), the U.S. citizen fiancé(e) also may be a qualifying relative. It should be noted that children of the noncitizen are not qualifying relatives for purposes of this waiver.
- Frequent Travel Abroad and Abandonment of Legal Permanent Resident Status
A returning legal resident returning from an absence of less than a year who presents his Green Card at the port of entry is not assured that he will be readmitted to the United States. While an Green Card satisfies the requirement of presenting a valid entry document, its presentation is not evidence that he is "returning from a temporary visit abroad." For this reason, it is possible that a returning resident might be denied entry if deemed to have abandoned his legal residence status.
- Immigration Issues – Where do Obama and Romney Stand
We hope that both Candidates continue supporting the DREAMers, and higher-skilled immigrants (L1A,H1B,O1). The results of this year’s election can change the White House’s approach on immigration. The Presidential elections are less than one month away and both candidates are in a full-throttle attempt to persuade more people to vote for him rather than his opponent.
- A Bad Marriage is Not the Same as a Sham Marriage
Marriage to a U.S. citizen is the most common way of getting a legal permanent resident status in the United States especially when the alien has been out of status in the country. Fraud statistics show that between 1998-2007 more than 2 million people have reported marriage as a means to gain residency within the United States.
- New Decision of the Appellate Court Regarding Advance Parole
An alien who applied for adjustment of status to become a legal permanent resident of the United States should apply for advance parole in case he/she needs to leave the country while the adjustment of status is pending. Previously, an alien who leaves the United States after incurring at least one year of unlawful presence will not be allowed to re-enter the country even if he/she is in possession of an advance parole document. This new decision issued by the BIA changed that rule.
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
USCIS says that Dream Act eligible candidates that meet the criteria of the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” program will not be deported. It is expected that exact guidelines and procedures for this program will be put into place sometime during August, 2012, detailing how eligible candidates can apply for this status of deferred prosecution of removal from the United States. If granted, an individual also may be eligible for work authorization. The program is for those immigrants who:
- The H-1B Visa and the Specialty Occupation Requirement
H-1B visas are typically utilized by U.S. employers seeking to employ a foreign national in a specialty occupation. See www.uscis.gov. Prior to filing the I-129 petition for an H-1B visa, a Labor Condition Application must be applied for with the Department of Labor. The Labor Condition Application requires the U.S. employer to make four essential attestations in order to protect the U.S. labor market.
- Indian Nationals Subject to Greater Visa Scrutiny
A report by the National Foundation for American Policy sheds light on the kinds of scrutiny applied to job-related visa applications filed by American employers on behalf of Indian nationals.
- Parents of U.S. Citizens Often Deported
According to recent reports in USA Today, during the first six months of last year, 22 percent of the 211,000 deportations during that time involved parents of U.S. citizens.
- Re-entry Rules Relaxed for Pending Hardship Waiver Applicants
Earlier this spring, the Department of Homeland Security published a proposal in the Federal Register – for public consideration and comment – that would relax the rules on bar to re-entry for foreigners residing here who are beneficiaries of pending family-based immigration petitions.