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Obama Administration Ends Special Parole for Cuban Nationals

On Thursday, January 12, 2017, effective immediately, President Obama repealed the “wet foot, dry foot” policy, a special parole policy for Cuban nationals. This announcement ends the ability for any Cuban who comes to the U.S. to stay and become a legal resident based on humanitarian relief.

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“What Do You Think Donald Trump Is Going to Do?”

I bumped into an immigration client at the gym on Saturday and he had an “I need to talk with you look on his face.” Michael* is from Peru and he is in the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program.

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New Legislation Introduced to Protect DACA!

On Friday, December 9, 2016, a group of bipartisan Senators introduced the Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy (BRIDGE) Act. The BRIDGE Act aims to temporarily protect all individuals who are eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

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What Is Going to Happen to DACA?

As President Obama’s term comes to an end and President-elect Trumps’ begins, many are wondering about the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program under the new administration. DACA, originally started by the Obama administration in June 2012, is an immigration policy created by an executive action.

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The Diversity Visa Lottery Closes Monday!

On Monday, November 7, 2016 at 12 pm EST the Diversity Visa Lottery will be closing for the fiscal year of 2018. Our office urges you to apply this weekend. This your last chance if you are not eligible for permanent residency through a family member or employment.

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USCIS Filing Fees Are Increasing in December!

USCIS has announced that they are increasing its filing fees effective December 23, 2016. The fees increased an average of twenty-one percent (21%). According to USCIS, the increase in fees were necessary to offset the growing costs of USCIS, to improve upon processing times, increase better customer service, and cover the costs of services without charge to refugee and asylum applicants and those eligible for fee waivers.

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Appointments for 1st Time H-1B Holders in Vancouver!

In a recent meeting with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the U.S. Consulate General at Vancouver, B.C., Canada, confirmed that it will accept first time H-1B applications for stamping. Appointments for first time H-1B holders are limited and released only several months in advance. Previously, it was recommended that first time H-1B holders return to their home country for stamping.

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New Photo Requirements for Passport and Visa Applicants!

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) is instituting a “no eye glasses” policy in all visa photos beginning November 1, 2016. From November 1, to November 30, 2016 photographs with eyeglasses may be accepted.

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The Diversity Lottery Closes in 24 Days! Apply Now!!

The 2018 Diversity Lottery will close on Monday, November 7th. There are many scams out there who might try to charge you money to help you apply, promise to increase your chance of being picked or send you a message saying you won and ask for money.

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UPDATE: I-94 Application now available for Land Port of Entry

In an effort to streamline the I-94 process, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that travelers may apply for an I-94 prior to their arrival at a land port of entry. In order to expedite the entry process, travelers can apply online, up to seven (7) days prior to entry. The application fee is $6 application.

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