DHS Outlines Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Process

On August 3, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) announced preliminary procedures by which applicants will be able to request “deferred action” status beginning August 15, 2012. On June 15, 2012, the DHS announced that certain young people who came to the United States as children and meet other key guidelines may be eligible, […]

August 2012 Visa Bulletin

The State Department has issued its August 2012 Visa Bulletin.  Check to see whether your priority date is current for any petition your relative or employer may have filed for you, or if it has retrogressed. It is always advisable to check the priority date(s) before filing an application for permanent residency to ensure that […]

Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Parts of Arizona Immigration Law

On June 25, 2012, the Supreme Court sided with the federal government in the ongoing battle between state law and federal law, brought on by Arizona’s immigration law (S.B. 1070). Click here to read the full Supreme Court decision in Arizona v. US (11-182). The majority included Justice Kennedy, Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Steven […]

Secretary Napolitano Announces Deferred Action Process for Young People Who Are Low Enforcement Priorities

BREAKING NEWS: Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today announced that effective immediately, certain young people who were brought to the United States as young children, do not present a risk to national security or public safety, and meet several key criteria will be considered for relief from removal from the country or from entering […]

DHS to Offer Deferred Action to Eligible DREAMers

BREAKING NEWS: DHS will formally announce this morning that it will offer deferred action to DREAMers. Preliminary information indicates that eligible applicants must: Be 15-30 years old, and have entered before age 16 Have been present in the U.S. for 5 years as of June 15, 2012 Have maintained continuous residence Have not been convicted […]

June 2012 Visa Bulletin

The State Department has issued its June 2012 Visa Bulletin.  Check to see whether your priority date is current for any petition your relative or employer may have filed for you, or if it has retrogressed. It is always advisable to check the priority date(s) before filing an application for permanent residency to ensure that […]

Arizona Immigration Law Debate Arrives at the Supreme Court

On Wednesday, April 25, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in the case of Arizona v. US (11-182). Federal courts have blocked four key parts of Arizona’s “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act,” known as SB 1070.  At issue is whether states have any authority to step in […]

Provisional Waivers of Inadmissibility For Certain Immediate Relatives of U.S. Citizens – Stateside I-601 Waiver Proposal

On January 6, 2012, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced its intent to change the process for filing and adjudication of certain applications for waivers of inadmissibility (Form I-601) filed in connection with an immediate relative immigrant visa application.  Specifically, the USCIS is considering regulatory changes that will allow certain immediate relatives of […]