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Next Speaking Event:

National Association of Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA)

NAFSA Region VII Conference in Spartanburg, SC

October 22-25, 2017

Presenting:  Immigration Law Update 2017 – Breaking News and Current Trends

Co-presenting: Beyond a Brochure: Training International Students on Sexual Assault Awareness

For more details: https://www.nafsa.org/Connect_and_Network/NAFSA_Regions/Region_VII/

Breaking News:

The Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) announced its decision to phase out DACA.   DHS announced that it will NOT terminate the grants of previously issued deferred action, nor will it terminate the related employment authorization (“work permits”), unless DHS finds grounds to terminate it (usually because of a DACA applicant’s criminal or national security issues).  

Below is a short summary of what to expect as DACA is phased out:

  1. If you have an initial request for DACA filed and pending as of 9/5/17, DHS will continue to process it —approvals will be determined on an individual, case-by-case basis, and if approved, deferred action and related employment authorization (“work permit”) will be valid for 2 years when issued.

  2. If you have not yet filed your initial request for DACA, it is now too late. DHS will reject all DACA initial requests filed after 9/5/17.

  3. If you have a renewal application for DACA filed and pending as of 9/5/17, DHS will continue to process it —approvals will be determined on an individual, case-by-case basis, and if approved, deferred action and related employment authorization (“work permit”) will be valid for 2 years when issued.

  4. If your DACA will expire on or before 3/5/2018, you must file your renewal NO LATER THAN 10/5/17. If you file by that date, DHS will accept and process it —approvals will be determined on an individual, case-by-case basis, and if approved, deferred action and related employment authorization (“work permit”) will be valid for 2 years when issued. If you fail to file your renewal by 10/5/17, your deferred action and work permit will expire on its current expiration date.

  5. If your DACA expires 3/6/18 or later, you cannot file to extend it and it will expire on its current expiration date.

  6. If you have an I-131 application for advance parole (travel permission) filed and pending (but not yet approved), DHS will close the application and refund your filing fee.

  7. If you have approved advance parole, CONSULT YOUR ATTORNEY ASAP to discuss the related risks of traveling with your travel permission.

News:

President Trump’s 1/25/2017 Executive Orders on Immigration Enforcement

Immigration enforcement efforts will be stepped up in a very significant manner, and if you have not yet sought the advice of a licensed and competent immigration attorney regarding your situation, NOW IS THE TIME TO DO SO to protect your legal rights and explore legal options for fighting deportation.

ANYONE who does not have lawful status in the US is subject to being detained by immigration officers at any time.  Anyone charged with a crime or even detained by state or local law enforcement may face immigration detention.  However, if you are a VICTIM of a crime, you should report the crime to local authorities and seek advice of an immigration attorney to protect your rights as a victim.

At this time, it is unclear whether people who are detained will be allowed to post any type of bond for release.  Foreign nationals who are required to report to ICE should consult an attorney prior to reporting, as we have received reports that ICE is detaining some people who appear for reporting date.  If you have an immigration court date, DO NOT MISS IT, as an immigration judge may order you removed in your absence.

This is a developing situation, so please contact us if you have immediate questions or concerns.

Noticias:

Órdenes ejecutivas del presidente Trump en 1/25/2017 sobre Inmigración y Control

Los esfuerzos de inmigración incrementarán de manera muy significativa, y si usted todavía no ha solicitado el asesoramiento de un abogado de inmigración competente y titulado, con respecto a su situación, AHORA ES EL MOMENTO DE HACERLO, para proteger sus derechos legales y explorar opciones legales para evitar su deportación.

CUALQUIER persona que no tiene estatus legal en los EE.UU. está sujeta a ser detenido por agentes de inmigración en cualquier momento. Cualquier persona acusada de un crimen o incluso detenida por la policía local o estatal, pueden enfrentar el ser detenido por inmigración.  Sin embargo, si usted es una VICTIMA de un crimen, usted debe reportar el crimen a las autoridades locales y busque asesoramiento de un abogado de inmigración para proteger sus derechos como víctima.

En este momento, no es claro si las personas que son detenidas se les permitirán ser libres bajo fianza. Los extranjeros que están obligados a reportar a ICE deben consultar a un abogado antes de reportar, ya que hemos recibido informes de que ICE está deteniendo a algunas personas que se han presentado a reportar.  Si usted tiene una cita en la corte de inmigración, NO FALTE, un juez de inmigración puede ordenar su deportación debido a su ausencia.

Aún se está desarrollando esta situación, así que por favor contáctenos si tiene preocupaciones o preguntas inmediatas.

Helpful Information:

Make an Infopass Appointment:

https://infopass.uscis.gov/info_lang.php?sel_lang=en

Check Case Status Online:

https://egov.uscis.gov/casestatus/landing.do

USCIS Processing Time Reports:

https://egov.uscis.gov/e-request/Intro.do

USCIS Change of Address Information Forms:

https://egov.uscis.gov/coa/displayCOAForm.do

USCIS Change of Address Information Form AR- 11:

https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/ar-11.pdf

Visa Bulletin:

https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/law-and-policy/bulletin.html

Civil Surgeon Locator:

https://my.uscis.gov/findadoctor

Social Security Card Information:

https://www.ssa.gov/ssnumber/

Beware of Scams and Notario Fraud!!!!

https://www.ailadownloads.org/communications/PSAs/Anti_Notario_PSAs/Stop_PSA_letter_Spanish.pdf

For information to obtain an Alabama Driver License

https://www.alea.gov/Home/Default.aspx

For information to obtain a Mississippi Driver License

https://www.dps.state.ms.us/

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