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Monthly Archives: April 2013

The Ninth Circuit holds that detainees locked up for six months or longer are entitled to bond hearings

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has issued a landmark ruling that curtails one of the most wasteful and draconian features of our immigration lock-up system: the government’s practice of putting immigration detainees behind bars for months or even years, without ever holding a bond hearing to determine if they should be […]

How does Comprehensive Immigration Reform protect me from Notarios and unlicensed individuals?

Comprehensive Immigration Reform in its current form: The following changes in Immigration Law would happen if the Senate’s Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act would become final without any changes or amendments to it: Fraud:  It would be a crime to knowingly defraud an immigrant or hold oneself out as an attorney or […]

H-1B availability and Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Comprehensive Immigration Reform in its current form: The following changes in Immigration Law would happen if the Senate’s Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act would become final without any changes or amendments to it: H-1B:  Currently there is only 65,000 visas available annually.  The number of these visas would increase to a minimum […]

How is Asylum relief affected by Comprehensive Immigration Reform?

Comprehensive Immigration Reform in its current form: The following changes in Immigration Law would happen if the Senate’s Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act would become final without any changes or amendments to it: Asylum Relief:  The one-year filing deadline would be eliminated.  This means that applications made after one-year will no longer […]

How will Comprehensive Immigration Reform affect Temporary Workers?

Comprehensive Immigration Reform in its current form: The following changes in Immigration Law would happen if the Senate’s Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act would become final without any changes or amendments to it: Temporary Workers: Some of the changes would include creating a W-1 visa for lesser-skilled workers, a W-2 visa for […]

Comprehensive Immigration Reform – How Will It Affect Employment Based Immigration?

Comprehensive Immigration Reform in its current form: The following changes in Immigration Law would happen if the Senate’s Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act would become final without any changes or amendments to it: Employment-Based Immigrants: The following categories would be exempt from the current yearly quota system: EB-1 immigrants, doctoral degree holders, […]

Comprehensive Immigration Reform – how will it affect Family Based Immigration?

Comprehensive Immigration Reform in its current form: The following changes in Immigration Law would happen if the Senate’s Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act would become final without any changes or amendments to it: Family-Based Immigrants: The current FB-2A (Family Based-2A) category would be moved into the immediate relative classification which would make […]

Legalization under the Current Comprehensive Immigration Reform introduced by the Senate

Comprehensive Immigration Reform in its current form: The following changes in Immigration Law would happen if the Senate’s Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act would become final without any changes or amendments to it: Legalization:  The Bill would allow noncitizens who are unlawfully present and who entered the U.S. before December 31, 2011 […]

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Extended for Nationals of Nicaragua

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Extended for Nationals of Nicaragua The Department of Homeland Security has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for qualified nationals of Nicaragua for an additional 18 months, starting July 6, 2013, and ending Jan. 5, 2015.  Nicaraguan beneficiaries currently seeking to extend their TPS status have to re-register during the 60-day re-registration […]

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Extended for Nationals of Honduras

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Extended for Nationals of Honduras The Department of Homeland Security has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for qualified nationals of Honduras for an additional 18 months, starting July 6, 2013, and ending Jan. 5, 2015.  Honduran beneficiaries currently seeking to extend their TPS status have to re-register during the 60-day re-registration […]

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