USCIS to Replace Sticker That Extends Validity of Green Cards

USCIS to Replace Sticker That Extends Validity of Green Cards

Starting in January, we will replace the sticker that is currently issued to lawful permanent residents (LPRs) to extend the validity of their Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card (PRC or “Green Card”), with a revised Form I-797, Notice of Action. LPRs file Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, when their Green Cards expire […]

Legalizing Marijuana, Once a Pipe Dream on Capitol Hill, Takes an Important Step Forward

Legalizing Marijuana, Once a Pipe Dream on Capitol Hill, Takes an Important Step Forward

Protesters rally in support of the legalization of marijuana in front of The White House in Washington DC on April 2, 2016 (Shutterstock) By Rosalie Liccardo Pacula, The Conversation In early December, the House of Representatives passed the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, or the MORE Act. The bill sought to decriminalize marijuana nationally […]

Refugee Resettlement Organizations Win Lawsuit Against Trump Administration

Refugee Resettlement Organizations Win Lawsuit Against Trump Administration

Baltimore, MD – The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled against a Trump administration executive order requiring state and local governments to issue explicit consent in order to continue refugee resettlement in their jurisdictions. Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, along with two other resettlement agencies, filed a complaint challenging the executive order in November 2019 and […]

USCIS Extends Transitional Parole for CNMI Long-Term Resident Status Applicants

USCIS Extends Transitional Parole for CNMI Long-Term Resident Status Applicants

USCIS announced today that it will automatically extend parole, and employment authorization, if applicable, for parolees who timely applied for Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) long-term resident status. This specific extension of parole applies only to current parolees who timely filed Form I-955, Application for CNMI Long-Term Resident Status, and Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, and whose applications […]

A Couple hid in two Philadelphia Churches for 843 Days to Avoid Deportation. Now They are Free

A Couple hid in two Philadelphia Churches for 843 Days to Avoid Deportation. Now They are Free

By Ganesh Setty, CNN (CNN) – For 843 days, Oneita and Clive Thompson took sanctuary in two Philadelphia churches to escape Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Daily life was constrained within the humble walls of the First United Methodist Church of Germantown, and later the Tabernacle United Church downtown. They ate, bathed, and slept cloistered inside […]

Asylum Is In Danger After Court Upholds Rushed Screening Process at the Border

Asylum Is In Danger After Court Upholds Rushed Screening Process at the Border

A Customs and Border Protection agent along the U.S.-Mexico border. 0398 – Yuma Sector, Ariz. / US – July 26, 2016 (Shutterstock) By American Immigration Council Staff, Immigration Impact The Trump administration secretly implemented one of its most horrific attacks on America’s long tradition of asylum—holding asylum seekers in U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) […]

Biden can end the Mass Incarceration of Immigrants

Biden can end the Mass Incarceration of Immigrants

By Mahuri Grewal, Washington Post The administration of President-elect Joe Biden must do more than reverse the cruel immigration policies of the Trump administration. While the Trump administration’s policies have been particularly egregious, they are just the latest manifestation of a system that is fundamentally flawed. It is not enough to just turn back the […]

TPS Extended Another 9 Months for Certain Countries, While Calls for Expanding Protection Increase

TPS Extended Another 9 Months for Certain Countries, While Calls for Expanding Protection Increase

Members of Haitian women for Haitian refugees organization rally for restoration of TPS and permanent status for refugees from Haiti on Ocean Avenue. – New York, NY – November 8, 2020 (Shutterstock) By Jennifer Ibanez Whitlock, Immigration Impact The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued an important announcement on December 9 about the Temporary Protective […]

USCIS Updates Guidance for Schedule A Occupations

USCIS Updates Guidance for Schedule A Occupations

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced updated guidance for adjudicating EB-2 and EB-3 Schedule A petitions for registered nurses, physical therapists, and aliens of exceptional ability. The update does not change any policy, but does clarify how USCIS adjudicators should apply Department of Homeland Security and Department of Labor (DOL) regulations when deciding these […]