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Biden’s Immigration Reforms Creating More Pathways to Citizenship

On President Biden’s first day in office he signed a number of impactful executive orders. One of these orders protects the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) Policy, which was phased out under the Trump administration. This new executive order comes as a huge sigh of relief for the 2.1 million DACA recipients living and …

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COVID-19 Impacting Central Florida TPS-Holders Especially Hard

Central Florida is the theme park capital of the world, and it is usually bustling with visitors year-round, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs. Tens of thousands of these employees are holders of a Temporary Protective Status (“TPS”), which allows individuals whose home country is deemed unsafe, to live and work in the United States. …

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How Does COVID-19 Affect My Custody Rights?

The pandemic has had a stunning effect nationally, and its impact can be felt in nearly all aspects of our daily life. The spread of COVID-19 has created countless stresses, from unemployment and housing instability to tensions over how to enforce custody agreements under these new circumstances. With remote learning models, varying mandates, and staggering …

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IMMIGRATION BAN 2020 – UPDATE

Presidential Proclamation 10014 became effective on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 11:59 PM (ET) and suspends the entry of certain individuals seeking admission to the United States as an immigrant. On June 22, 2020, the executive order was extended through December 31, 2020. It could subsequently be extended beyond this date. Proclamation 10014 suspends the …

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DISCRETION: THE LATEST ATTACK ON LEGAL IMMIGRATION

On July 15, 2020, USCIS released a Policy Alert (PA-2020-10) updating the USCIS Policy Manual regarding the application of discretion in benefits adjudications. The matter of discretion is not a new component of adjudicating immigration benefits. However, in the past it has been sparingly and liberally applied in the adjudication process. The proposed policy updates …

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