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DHS Publishes Fair and Humane Public Charge Rule

Release Date: September 8, 2022 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a final rule, to be published in the Federal Register, that provides clarity and consistency for noncitizens on how DHS will administer the public charge ground of inadmissibility. The rule restores the historical understanding of a ‘public charge’ that had been in […]

DHS Announces Re-Registration Process for Current Venezuela Temporary Protected Status Beneficiaries

Release Date 09/07/2022 Extension Allows Beneficiaries to Retain TPS and EADs Until March 2024 WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted for public inspection a Federal Register notice describing how beneficiaries under Venezuela’s existing TPS designation can re-register to retain TPS and renew their Employment Authorization Documents (EADs). Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas previously announced the 18-month […]

USCIS Adopts AAO Decision on TPS and Authorized Travel

Release Date 08/31/2020 TPS Beneficiaries Retain Same Immigration Status after Traveling Abroad WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a Policy Memorandum (PDF, 268.36 KB) adopting the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) decision on Matter of Z‑R‑Z‑C. The decision holds that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries who travel abroad using a Department of Homeland Security (DHS)-issued travel document under Immigration and […]

DHS Issues Regulation to Preserve and Fortify DACA

Release Date: August 24, 2022 WASHINGTON – Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas today announced that the Department has issued a final rule that will preserve and fortify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy for certain eligible noncitizens who arrived in the United States as children, deferring their removal and allowing them an opportunity to access a […]

Temporary Protected Status Designated Country: Syria

ALERT: On July 29, 2022, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced the extension and redesignation of Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, through March 31, 2024. A Federal Register notice also provides automatic extension of certain Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) of existing beneficiaries of Syria TPS, through Sept. 30, 2023. TPS […]

Parolees Can Now File Form I-765 Online

Release Date 07/28/2022 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that certain parolees can now file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, online. Most individuals paroled into the United States for urgent humanitarian or significant public benefit purposes under INA 212(d)(5) are eligible to seek employment authorization under category (c)(11). Please see the Form I-765 instructions (PDF, 810.34 KB) for more […]

USCIS Extends COVID-19-related Flexibilities

Release Date 07/25/2022 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is extending certain COVID-19-related flexibilities through Oct. 23, 2022, to assist applicants, petitioners, and requestors. Under these flexibilities, USCIS considers a response received within 60 calendar days after the due date set forth in the following requests or notices before taking any action, if the request or notice […]

Prosecutorial Discretion and the ICE Office of the Principal Legal Advisor

Are the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Civil Immigration Enforcement Priorities Still in Effect? No. On June 10, 2022, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas vacated nationwide DHS Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas’ September 30, 2021 memorandum, Guidelines for the Enforcement of Civil Immigration Law (Mayorkas Memorandum) that set-forth DHS’ civil immigration […]

DHS Announces Registration Process for Temporary Protected Status for Cameroon

Release Date 06/06/2022 WASHINGTON— The Department of Homeland Security posted for public inspection a Federal Register notice on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Cameroon. This notice provides information about how to register for TPS under Cameroon’s designation. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas previously announced the 18-month designation of Cameroon for TPS. The registration process begins on June 7, 2022. All individuals […]

Practice Alert: DHS Announces Procedures for Afghan TPS Applications and Issues Special Student Relief Notice for Afghan F-1 Students

May 20, 2022 On May 19, 2022, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted a notice in the Federal Register announcing the suspension of certain regulatory requirements for F-1 students from Afghanistan who are experiencing severe economic hardship as a result of the current situation in their country of citizenship. This notice temporarily suspends applicable on-campus and off-campus […]