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CHANGES TO THE BULLETIN ALLOW FOR EARLY FILING OF PERMANENT RESIDENCE APPLICATIONSOn September 9th, the State Department and USCIS jointly announced new procedures that will allow individuals stuck in the family-based and employment-based immigrant visa backlogs to begin filing their immigrant visa or adjustment of status applications before their priority dates become current. Starting with the October 2015 Visa Bulletin, there are now two charts listing dates for each preference category and country of chargeability: (1) an "Application Final Action Dates" chart ("Final Action Date"), and (2) a "Dates for Filing Applications" chart ("Filing Date"). For insight into the categories that are most impacted in October, see this chart, which compares the "Final Action Dates" to the "Filing Dates" as reported in the October 2015 Visa Bulletin. Please call us to set an appointment if you think your case may benefit from this.
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BREAKING NEWS RE: PRESIDENT OBAMA DEFERRED ACTIONSMay 26, 2015 - Washington D.C.
In a disappointing decision, a divided panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals today denied the federal government's request for an emergency stay of a preliminary injunction that has temporarily stopped President Obama's deferred action initiatives from being implemented.
The court's order keeps in place the hold on implementation of these initiatives. The Fifth Circuit will hear argument on the appeal in early July. The deferred action initiatives, announced last November, include Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and an expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and could provide as many as 4 to 5 million immigrants with a temporary relief from deportation. DO NOT FILE an application with USCIS until you verify that you are eligible and that the government is accepting applications. For more information, go to www.uscis.gov.
Dealt Setback, Obama Puts Off Immigrant PlanThe Obama programs of Deferred Action for Parents and Children are not cancelled. They are only on hold. It will be several months before we know more. While we wait, please do not give money to anyone falsely promising to get you a place in line.
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationWashington, D.C.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is the national association of more than 13,500 immigration lawyers and law professors established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice and enhance the professional development of its members.
In August 2014 AILA created the Artesia Pro Bono Project to provide representation to immigrant families detained at a remote temporary detention center in Artesia, New Mexico. Because there were no legal service providers nearby, 10-12 attorneys per week traveled to Artesia to represent women and children via video hearing in immigration court. AILA volunteers fought to reverse cases at the negative credible fear stage, urging the Asylum Office to reopen denials and grant credible fear and represented clients at their asylum hearings. The Project has won 14 of the 15 asylum cases that have gone to trial to date, and has filed an appeal in the fifteenth case. On December 18, 2014, the government closed the Artesia facility and transferred a small number of clients to detention centers in Texas, where the Project continues to represent them. Over 1,200 women and children were served in the Project’s short tenure.
USCIShas posted two new fliers about expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and about Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). Both fliers are available at uscis.gov/immigrationaction and uscis.gov/accionmigratoria. They explain:
- The guidelines that take effect for expanded DACA on Feb. 18, 2015.
- How people can prepare for requesting DAPA once it becomes available in mid-to-late May. * The importance of avoiding scams.
PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FRAUDCheck the government web site at www.uscis.gov. The lawyer helping you should have a list of any state attorneys .
Do not believe anyone who tells you that there is already a new immigration program. Do not trust anyone who tells you that you can secure a work permit, a visa or a residence/mica . If you suspect fraud, report it to your consulate or the police.
Driver's LicenseColorado residents who either only have temporary lawful status (such as tourists) or are unable to demonstrate lawful status in the United States are now able to apply for a Colorado state identification card or begin the process to obtain a Colorado driver's license. If you are able to demonstrate lawful status, temporary or otherwise, you may visit your local DMV in order to take advantage of this program. (Examples include but are not limited to: DACA, deferred action, TPS, Legal Permanent Residents, U visa holder.) If you are unable to demonstrate lawful status you can call (303-205-2335) or go to www.colorado.gov/revenue now to make an appointment at one of five (5) authorized Department of Motor Vehicle offices. View key points about how to take advantage of this new program. You can also visit the Colorado Road and Community Safety Act's information page to find a fact sheet and information in both Spanish and English regarding document requirements, fees, and frequently asked questions.
All dreamers – to get work permit you must qualify:
- You must have been under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012
- Came to the United States under the age of sixteen
- Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007
- Are currently residing in the United States at the time of application to USCIS
- Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012
- Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States
- Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety
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Personalized Legal Service to Focus On Your Unique NeedsImmigration and nationality law is a complex and constantly changing area of law. A knowledgeable and trained immigration attorney can effectively advise and represent individuals before the Department of Labor, Department of Homeland Security and Immigration Court.
Smith Immigration prides itself on getting to know the clients with whom we work and understanding our clients' unique issues and goals. We offer a personal touch and superior customer service to each individual that we represent. Each case is assigned to a team of professionals with includes an attorney and paralegal with knowledge and expertise in immigration law.
Immigration ExpertiseOur attorneys are all members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the national association of immigration attorneys. We are members of the National Immigration Project. We frequently appear as experts in the courts, community, and the media. Our attorneys and staff have lectured in special areas with various professional and community groups.
We have successfully represented clients before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service, the Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Federal Courts. In addition, we have successfully represented businesses facing hiring compliance issues under federal and state law.
If you are interested in speaking with an attorney from Smith Immigration about your immigration matter, please call (970) 945-5111, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to working with you!