Better economic prosperity, religious freedom and social unrest are just a few of the factors that drive immigration. These are major reasons the United States continues to be a popular destination for migrants.
However, you may be surprised by other countries with the most immigrants. According to data provided by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), 244 million people (3.3 percent of the world’s population) lived abroad in 2015. That’s an increase of 71 million since 2000.
The U.S. immigration system can be overwhelming. USCIS forms can often be confusing to understand even for native-born Americans.
If you’ve decided that you need an immigration lawyer, the matter is also important enough to find a good immigration lawyer. Regardless if you’re working with a lawyer in private practice or non-profit, it’s important to find an immigration lawyer that is experienced and can help you navigate the complexity of your case. Continue reading →
The President’s Immigration Action will expand deferred action to include approximately 5 million additional immigrants.
President Obama addressed the nation last night and announced major executive action on immigration. The immigration action had several components which include border enforcement, adjustment of removal priorities, improvement in ICE officer compensation, expansion of provisional waivers, expansion of parole-in-place, promotion of high-skilled labor, promotion of naturalization, and expansion of the deferred action program to millions more. CitizenPath explains who gets covered by the expanded deferred action and how to prepare for it. Continue reading →
CitizenPath is using technology to help applicants who are re-registering for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) benefits. The company has combined the knowledge of experienced attorneys with internet technology to provide a service that makes it easy and inexpensive for immigrants to prepare several forms and applications required by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Last week the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the extension of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation of both Nicaragua and Honduras. Continue reading →
One of the major barriers to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has simply been cost. For an initial applicant, the $465 cost can be overwhelming. After all, an initial applicant doesn’t have a work permit yet to earn the money. It may also be necessary to get professional help preparing the application. Even for DACA renewals, applicants may continue to struggle to obtain the necessary $465 USCIS fees. There are options for how to pay for DACA. Continue reading →
This week the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced an 18-month extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Sudan. Temporary Protected Status does not provide the beneficiary a way to gain permanence residence or citizenship in the United States. It is simply a period of safe haven so that Sudanese nationals do not need to return home to dangerous conditions.
Since October 2013, more than 52,000 children — most from Central America and many of them unaccompanied by adults — have been taken into custody. That’s nearly double last year’s total and 10 times the number from 2009. They entered illegally. So what legal pathways do these unaccompanied minors have that may allow them to stay in the U.S.? Continue reading →
As nearly 600,000 Filipino nationals in the United States wait for a decision on Temporary Protected Status (TPS), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Obama Administration, and Americans in general, should remember the many contributions Filipinos have made to the United States. To the surprise of many, Filipinos have been part of American history for the previous four centuries… even before there was a United States.
Filipino Contributions to United States
In fact, the first Filipinos landed on the North American continent in the 1760s and established a settlement in what is now known as Louisiana. The “Manilamen” adapted well to a life of shrimping. The typhoons in their native Philippines gave Manilamen the experience and knowledge to teach others how to build stilted homes that could endure the hurricanes of coastal Louisiana. Continue reading →
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is now actively reviewing the Philippines’ request for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). This is the final step in a series of lengthy reviews that have followed Typhoon Haiyan, the super storm that devastated the Philippines in November 2013. DHS has the sole authority to grant TPS to a nation. The matter may be coming to a head as President Obama is scheduled to visit the Philippines in April. President Aquino has vowed to push for Continue reading →