and Immigration Attorneys
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.
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.
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.