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Deportation Protection

We felt it prudent to repeat our reminder that "in light of the aggressive tactics being implemented by the Trump administration, we STRONGLY ENCOURAGE that ALL non-citizens “without status” carry with them at ALL times, proof of at least two (2) years of continuous physical presence in the United States. Such proof is required to avoid expedited removal by I.C.E. (This means that the non-citizen does not have the right to appear before an immigration judge). Examples of proof are: pay stubs, birth certificates for children, etc. 
Even in extreme emergencies, we strongly suggest that you should be not traveling out of the US avoid traveling if at all possible. 

Heather

Deferred Action Recipients
The estimated processing time for Deferred Action applications (New DACA / DACA Renewal / DACA travel document) is a ranges from a minimum of two (2) to six (6) months. In order to decrease chances of having your legal status lapse, schedule an appointment with our office and file your renewal application five months prior to expiration.
 
Friendly Reminder
Our office closes for lunch from 12:00pm until 1:00pm. Calls are not accepted at that time. Please do not assume our office is ignoring your calls during that time period.

Also, when it comes to contacting our office, the only acceptable means of contact is by office phone and office email. Attempting to reach assistants through their personal social media accounts is completely unacceptable and inappropriate.
Employment Based Immigration

Employers will need to file a new form “Supplement J to I-485” with USCIS to confirm the existence of a job offer which would allow green card portability. The form is intended to “ensure uniformity in the collection of information and submission of initial evidence.”
For higher education institutions, the definition of “affiliation” has been expanded to eliminate the shared ownership and control requirement for affiliated cap-exempt non-profits.
On April 1, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2018 cap. U.S. businesses use the H-1B program to employ foreign workers in occupations that require highly specialized knowledge in fields such as science, engineering, and computer programming.
Citizenship
I-601A Waiver Update
Applicants from Honduras are now required to obtain a new birth certificate from Honduras and a certified criminal background check at the DNIC Headquarters located in Comayaguela. Honduras has recently updated their government issued documents and USCIS is now requiring applicants to obtain those new documents and submit them with their case.
 
According to the current processing time, it is taking USCIS between eight to ten months to process the I-601A applications.
Form Updates
After Feb. 21, 2017, USCIS will no longer accept previous editions of their forms. See their complete list of the new fees at uscis.gov/forms/our-fees and make sure you are including the correct amount. You must include the new fee or USCIS will reject and return your filing.
Update on Travel Ban Executive Order
The Travel Ban Executive Order from January 27 remains on hold after the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rejected the administration’s request to stay a temporary restraining order issued by US Judge James Robart on February 3. Issuance of non-immigrant and immigrant visas and the admission of foreign nationals at ports of entry should be “business as usual,” yet we strongly recommend that you avoid traveling outside of the country until this is resolved.
Remain vigilant as reports of Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids and removal activity have increased significantly in the last few weeks.  Carry your documents with you at all times to ensure your continued residency here in the US.

March 2017 Visa Bulletin

 
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