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Announcements DHS Extends Eligibility for Employment Authorization to Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses of H-1B Nonimmigrants Seeking Employment-Based Lawful Permanent Residence

Washington – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced today that, effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident (LPR) status. DHS amended the regulationsto allow these H-4 dependent spouses to accept employment in the United States.

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USCIS Will Accept Family Petition in Same Sex Marriage
Statement from Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano

“After last week’s decision by the Supreme Court holding that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, President Obama directed federal departments to ensure the decision and its implication for federal benefits for same-sex legally married couples are implemented swiftly and smoothly. To that end, effective immediately, I have directed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to review immigration visa petitions filed on behalf of a same-sex spouse in the same manner as those filed on behalf of an opposite-sex spouse.”


DHS Will Begin Accepting Applications for Deferred Action for Dreamers on August 15, 2012

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 of one serious crime or multiple minor crimes (including but not limited to domestic violence, sexual abuse or exploitation, burglary, unlawful possession or use of a firearm, drug distribution or trafficking, DUI)
  • Be currently enrolled in high school, graduated or have a GED, or have enlisted in the military
  • The deferred action offer will be available to those in proceedings as well as to those who apply affirmatively.
  • The application must be filed with USCIS and the filing fee will be $465.00.

See our DREAMers resource page. Please contact our law office for more information.


Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano Designated Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for a Period of 18 Months

The registration period starts on 3/29/2012 and will end on 9/25/2012. If you are Syrian or last habitually resided in Syria and wish to see if you qualify for TPS, contact our office.


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