Potential Issues Faced by Returning LPRs after Extended Stays Overseas

Since the Covid Pandemic began last year, we have been bombarded with inquiries from lawful permanent residents (LPRs) who expressed unwillingness to return to the US and asked about potential consequences of staying outside the US beyond 6 months. An LPR Lives in the U.S. Permanently Before we begin the analysis, it's important to set the expectations first of what it means to be an LPR. When...

Re-Designation of Syria for TPS

On March 18, 2021, DHS announced re-designation and extension of Syria for TPS. This means that current beneficiaries may extend their TPS until September 30, 2022 while first-time applicants may now apply if they had missed the previous registration period. Current beneficiaries Current beneficiaries will be eligible to re-register for an extension of their status and have employment...

Breaking: Designation of Burma for TPS

On March 12, 2021, DHS published a Federal Register Notice announcing the designation of Burma for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. In laying down the basis for TPS, Secretary Mayorkas stated the following: “Due to the military coup and security forces’ brutal violence against civilians, the people of Burma are suffering a complex and deteriorating humanitarian crisis in many...

Breaking: Designation of Venezuela for TPS

Update: March 17, 2021 USICS issued the following clarifications in light of inconsistencies that were discovered on Form I-821 instructions and the Federal Register Notice Mailing Zip Code Correction The zip code listed in the Federal Register was incorrect. The correct USPS filing addresses are located in the “Where to File” dropdown box on the TPS-Venezuela page on USCIS.gov. Biometrics...

ICE Announces Case Review Process

ICE announces the creation of case review process for those who believe their case was not properly considered under the current enforcement priorities. Details about the current enforcement priorities are shown below. Individuals requesting a detention case review should contact their local ERO field office for initial consideration. Upon request, cases will be further reviewed by a Senior...

Can TPS Recipients Apply for Adjustment of Status?

In order to pursue adjustment of status and become a lawful permanent resident (LPR), an applicant must in addition to meeting other requirements have been properly "inspected and admitted or paroled" into the United Sates. Otherwise, the applicant cannot apply for Green Card inside the U.S. A TPS recipient have lawful status in the U.S. given the TPS designation but oftentimes they obtained TPS...

Current Immigration Enforcement and Removal Priorities as of 02/18/2021

ICE Acting Director Tae Johnson has issued a memo outlining the current enforcement priorities. It will remain in effect until DHS issues new enforcement guidelines, which the memo states will happen within 90 days. Current enforcement priorities marks a a significant shift from the deportation and arrest policies of the Trump administration which rendered almost all undocumented immigrants...