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Advisory on Birth Tourism Regulation 849 565 Taiyyeba Safri Skomra

Advisory on Birth Tourism Regulation

On Friday, January 24, 2020, the Department of State (DOS) published a new regulation, effective immediately, prohibiting “birth tourism” – applying for a visa or travel to the U.S. for the purpose of giving birth to obtain U.S. citizenship for a child.[1] The regulation changes the activities allowed under a B1/B2 visitor visa. Specifically, the…

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Update on Public Charge Rule 1920 1280 Taiyyeba Safri Skomra

Update on Public Charge Rule

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) may soon move forward with implementing a rule that expands the scope of people who could be denied permanent resident status and extensions of temporary status based on the theory that they might become “public charges,” or those who use public benefits. This is one of several government initiatives…

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Border Crisis – Take Action! 900 515 Amy Lenhert

Border Crisis – Take Action!

There is indeed a humanitarian crisis at our southern border.  Children continue to be separated from their parents, and to date at least seven children have died while in DHS custody or shortly after release.  Men, women and children alike are held in unsafe conditions in remote facilities in the United States, denied proper healthcare…

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DACA and the Supremes 1920 1440 Taiyyeba Safri Skomra

DACA and the Supremes

In November, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments for and against continuing the program known as “DACA” — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DACA was created by Executive Order in June 2012, protecting certain undocumented individuals from deportation.  An estimated 700,000 people have DACA benefits, including the two-year (renewable) work permit the program authorizes.  The…

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Practicing At The Intersection Of Criminal And Immigration Law (aka”Crim-Imm”) 1920 1440 Helen A. Sklar

Practicing At The Intersection Of Criminal And Immigration Law (aka”Crim-Imm”)

What is crim-imm and why is it so important in the wider field of immigration law? “Crim-imm” refers to the crossover area of criminal law and immigration law, where criminal and immigration law intersect. It is a field of law scholarship and practice that emerged as the traditional boundaries between criminal and immigration law began…

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Sorting out Financial Requirements for Immigration Applicants 1920 1131 Taiyyeba Safri Skomra

Sorting out Financial Requirements for Immigration Applicants

Whereas most research shows that immigrants use public benefits at lower rates than native-born U.S. citizens,[1] a dizzying web of initiatives by the Trump Administration reveal a noisy, and perhaps intimidating, plan to reorder longstanding programs and standards in the realm of public benefits and financial support for immigrants.  The upshot of these Administration efforts…

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Lawyering and Litigating in Era of Delays 1000 559 Amy Lenhert

Lawyering and Litigating in Era of Delays

The experienced immigration practitioner will agree that USCIS has never enjoyed a reputation for speedy and efficient case processing. However, in recent years USCIS processing delays have been steadily – often sharply — increasing across the spectrum. From routine applications for employment authorization or for naturalization (which is of increasing concern as we approach an…

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