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DED for Venezuelans; TPS Next?

On January 19, 2021, just before the end of his term, President Donald Trump issued a memorandum granting Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for certain Venezuelans for a period of eighteen months. DED is a humanitarian grant of protection for individuals who cannot return to their home country. DED beneficiaries are not subject to removal during... Continue Reading
February 12, 2021

DHS Extends TPS for Syrian Nationals

On January 29, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syrian nationals for a period of 18 months until September 2022. This will affect approximately 8,500 Syrians living in the United States – 6,700 of whom are already in TPS and will be able to renew,... Continue Reading
February 2, 2021

Update: DACA, DED and TPS

On his first day in office, President Joseph R. Biden signed a memorandum for the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security ordering them to preserve and fortify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy (DACA). DACA was instituted by President Obama, terminated by President Trump, and restored by the judiciary. With this proclamation,... Continue Reading
January 24, 2021

Update: Snapshot of Nonimmigrant Visa Bans and Travel Restrictions

On December 31, 2020, just as it was about to expire, President Donald Trump extended the ban on immigrant and nonimmigrant visas until March 31, 2020. Initiated in April and June 2020, the bans were intended to block immigrants and nonimmigrants (with H, L and J visas) from coming to the United States due to... Continue Reading
January 8, 2021

Update: TPS for South Sudan Extended

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for South Sudan has been extended again until May 2, 2022. The instructions for beneficiaries have been published in the Federal Register. Through January 4, 2021, TPS beneficiaries who have not already done so should re-register and apply to renew their Employment Authorization Documents (EADs). Those with EADs that expired on... Continue Reading
December 14, 2020

Judge Strikes Down Administration Rules Restricting Employers’ Use of Visas

On December 1, Judge Jeffrey S. White granted the plaintiffs’ request to set aside two separate rules issued by the Trump Administration that would have drastically undermined the ability of employers to utilize both the H-1B and PERM visa programs. In Chamber of Commerce of the United States v. United States Department of Homeland Security, Judge... Continue Reading…
December 2, 2020

Update: U.S. Border Restrictions Extended due to COVID-19

Announced via Tweet by Chad Wolf, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, the COVID-related restrictions at the Canadian and Mexican borders have been extended yet again until November 21, 2020. These restrictions apply to land and sea entries and prevent entry for non-essential purposes. Although there continues to be some inconsistency at ports... Continue Reading
October 27, 2020

Diversity Visa Program Opens Next Week Despite Administration’s Efforts

The entry period for the 2022 Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) Program will open on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and will close at noon EDT on Tuesday, November 10, 2022.  There is no cost to register. Individuals born in the following countries are not eligible to apply because more than... Continue Reading
October 2, 2020

Update: Federal Judge Files Amended Order in Gomez v. Trump

On September 15, 2020, Judge Amit P. Mehta filed an amended order in Gomez v. Trump in response to the Department of State’s (DOS) guidance regarding the processing of Diversity Visa applications. DOS had announced that it would not issue visas to applicants who were subject to the “14-Day Quarantine” rule if they were not... Continue Reading
September 17, 2020

Update: Extension of Wind Down for Salvadoran TPS Beneficiaries

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries from El Salvador will likely have a longer wind down period than beneficiaries from other countries impacted by the recent Ninth Circuit decision. In October 2019,  the United States entered into an agreement with El Salvador addressing national security concerns. El Salvador agreed to implement information sharing, border and aviation... Continue Reading
September 16, 2020

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