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House passes bill providing pathway to citizenship for Dreamers

The House on Thursday voted 228-197 to pass the American Dream and Promise Act as part of Democrats’ first effort at immigration reform under the Biden administration.

  • Under this bill, the Homeland Security Department and the Justice Department would provide permanent resident status to people who meet specific qualifications.
  • It would provide a path to citizenship to immigrants who arrived in the U.S. before Jan. 1, 2021, were under the age of 18 at the time, and meet other criteria.
  • The bill would also offer a pathway to citizenship to immigrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), a designation given to those who come from countries in crisis.
 
 

Farm Workforce Modernization Act 

The bill consists of three key platforms: (1) It would create a pathway to legalization for current unauthorized agricultural workers, including an eventual option to become a lawful permanent resident (LPR). (2) It would reform and modernize the existing H-2A temporary agricultural worker visa program. And (3), it would require all agriculture employers to implement a reformed “E-Verify” program to ensure their workers are authorized.
 
 

The US will offer temporary protection Status to Venezuelans

03/08/2021

The US will offer temporary legal protection to an estimated 320,000 Venezuelans who came to the US after fleeing the brutal dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro. For an 18-month period, it will allow Venezuelans who pass security and background checks to continue to live in the US free of fear of deportation, and to obtain work permits. To see if you are eligible please fill out an intake form: https://clianeb.org/new-client/

 

President Biden Immigration Updates

On January 20, 2021, President Biden issued several orders on immigration. Some orders take immediate effect while others may take more time to be implemented.
Among the changes are:

  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) remains in place.
  • Deportations* were paused for 100 days (starting January 22), with some
    exceptions, and new enforcement policies will be adopted.
  • Travel bans** barring entry for nationals of certain Muslim-majority and African
    nations were revoked.
  • Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) protection was extended for Liberian
    nationals until June 30, 2022.
  • Enrollments in the Migrant Protection Protocols that keep asylum seekers waiting
    in Mexico were suspended — but it is unclear how cases will be handled at the
    border.

* On Jan. 26, a district court temporarily prevented the government from implementing the 100-day pause.
** The travel bans applied to nationals from Burma, Eritrea, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Nigeria, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Venezuela, and Yemen.
NOTE: This situation remains fluid and policies can shift rapidly.

 

USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests

Release Date 01/28/2021

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is extending the flexibilities it announced on March 30, 2020, to assist applicants, petitioners, and requestors who are responding to certain:

  • Requests for Evidence;
  • Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14);
  • Notices of Intent to Deny;
  • Notices of Intent to Revoke;
  • Notices of Intent to Rescind and Notices of Intent to Terminate regional investment centers;
  • Motions to Reopen an N-400 Pursuant to 8 CFR 335.5, Receipt of Derogatory Information After Grant

Notice/Request/Decision Issuance Date:

This flexibility applies to the above documents if the issuance date listed on the request, notice, or decision is between March 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021.

TPS Update

Release Date 12/14/2020

Department of Homeland Security is extending Temporary Protected Status Employment Authorization Documents; Forms I-797, Notice of Action; and Forms I-94, Arrival/Departure Record for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan.

 

DACA Update 2

Release Date: 12/07/2020
 
In accordance with the Federal Court ruling USCIS has implemented the following:
  • Accepting first-time requests for DACA based on policy in effect prior to September 5, 2017
  • Accepting DACA renewal requests based on policy in effect prior to September 5, 2017
  • Accepting applications for advance parole documents based on policy prior to September 5, 2017
  • Extending one-year grants of deferred action under DACA to two years
  • Extending one-year employment authorization documents under DACA to two years

 

DACA Update 1

Release Date 12/04/2020

A federal judge on Friday ordered the Trump administration to fully restore the DACA program that protects undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation, requiring officials to open the program to new applicants for the first time since 2017.

 

Naturalization Test Change

Release Date 11/13/2020

The test will be longer, 128 questions, compared to 100 in the current test. Citizenship applicants are asked up to 10 questions during their naturalization interview and have to answer 6 correctly to obtain a pass. The updated test will increase to 20 questions, and applicants will need to answer 12 correctly. Interviewing officers will also be required to ask all 20 questions, instead of stopping once the applicant scores enough to pass.

 

New Public Charge Rule

Release Date 11/03/2020

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the government should be able to continue applying the new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) public charge rule, just one day after a federal district court had vacated the rule. This means U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may continue to apply the new rule, including requiring the submission of Form I-944.

 

Preliminary Injunction of Fee Rule

Release Date 09/30/2020

A Court issued a last-minute preliminary injunction on the USCIS fee increase and the removal of the fee waiver in most applications. We are elated to hear this news!

 

USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests

Release Date 09/11/2020

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is extending the flexibilities it announced on March 30, 2020, to assist applicants, petitioners, and requestors who are responding to certain:

  • Requests for Evidence;
  • Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14);
  • Notices of Intent to Deny;
  • Notices of Intent to Revoke;
  • Notices of Intent to Rescind and Notices of Intent to Terminate regional investment centers;
  • Motions to Reopen an N-400 Pursuant to 8 CFR 335.5, Receipt of Derogatory Information After Grant;
  • Filing date requirements for Form N-336, Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings (Under Section 336 of the INA); or
  • Filing date requirements for Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion.

Notice/Request/Decision Issuance Date:

This flexibility applies to the above documents if the issuance date listed on the request, notice, or decision is between March 1, 2020, and Jan. 1, 2021, inclusive.

 

General:

Staying home if you are sick and avoiding close contact with those who are sick.

Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

 

Know your rights

Para español, ve abajo.

If you don’t have documents/If you have a deportation order:

  • Do not disclose to government agents your immigration status.
  • Do not lie or submit false documents.
  • Do not carry papers from another country. If you do, the government can use this information in deportation proceedings.

It is important to remember these basic rules:

  • DO NOT open the door to immigration agents.
  • DO NOT answer any questions that immigration agents ask. You have the right to remain silent even if you are arrested. You do not have to give your name or identification documents. You have the right to talk to a lawyer
  • DO NOT lie or show any false document.
  • If you are working or on the street or in a public place, ask the immigration officer if you are free to go. If the agent says that yes, leave slowly and calmly.
  • If you are at home, ask the officer if they have a search warrant (warrant). A search warrant is a document signed by a judge giving the officer permission to enter your home. The order specifies what areas of your home they have permission to check. If the officer has a warrant, ask that it be delivered underneath the door. Only then you can let them in.

En español:

Si no tiene documentos/Si tiene un orden de deportación:

  • No revele a los agentes de gobierno su situación migratoria.
  • No mienta o entregue documentos falsos.
  • No lleve documentación de otro país. Si lo hace, el gobierno puede utilizar esta información en un proceso de deportación.

Es importante que recordar estas reglas básicas:

  • NO abra la puerta a agentes de inmigración.
  • NO responda cualquier pregunta que le hagan la/os agentes de inmigración. Usted tiene el derecho de mantenerse cayada/o—aunque sea arrestada/o. Usted no tiene que dar su nombre ni documentos de identificación. Usted tiene el derecho de hablar con un/a abogado/a.
  • NO mienta ni enseñe ningún documento falso.
  • Si está trabajando o en la calle o en un lugar público, pregúntele al agente de inmigración si está libre de irse. Si el/la agente dice que si, váyase despacio y con calma.
  • Si se encuentra en su casa, pregúntele al oficial si tienen una orden de cateo (warrant).  Una orden de cateo es un documento firmado por un juez que le da al oficial permiso de entrar a su casa.  La orden especifica que áreas de su casa ellos tienen permiso de revisar.  Si el/la oficial tiene una orden de cateo, pídale que se la entreguen por debajo de la puerta.  Solo entonces los puede dejar pasar.

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