Great news buried in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2020! Under “Other Matters” is section 7611, Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF) which gives eligible Liberians the right to apply for adjustment of status to that of a legal permanent resident and U.S. citizenship after five years. LRIF was signed into law…

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On August 14, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published the, Inadmissibility on Public Grounds, final rule. The rule goes into effect October 15, 2019 and will not be applied retroactively applied to applications and petitions already filed. For public benefits received by individuals that were previously excluded from consideration under the 1999 Interim…

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…..The Form I-864 – Affidavit of Support is an enforceable contract between the visa applicant, the applicant’s sponsor and the government? ……The purpose of the I-864 – Affidavit of Support is to guard against the possibility that the visa applicant becomes a public charge if granted status? ……The sponsor agrees to provide support to maintain…

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On September 22, 2018, the Trump Administration announced that they would be publishing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) related to the public charge ground of inadmissibility Under section 212(a) (4) of the Immigration & Nationality Act (INA). The NPRM was published in the Federal Register on 10/10/2018. After the public commentary 60 period, the…

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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is composed of any process and procedure whereby all or part of the female genitalia or other female genital organs are removed for non-medical reasons. FGM is an extreme form of discrimination, violence, torture against women and girls. It is a grotesque violation of their basic human rights. FGM is also…

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Presidential Order 9645 on September 24, 2017: Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry into the United States by Terrorists or other Public Safety Threats (82FR 45161, 09/27/17). This Order: Imposed travel ban on Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen. Removed Iraq from the list of countries but still subject…

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On Thursday February 15, 2018 The United States Senate voted no four times to separate DACA Senate Amendments after Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell put an “empty Bill” on the senate floor allowing any senator to add amendments.  The four amendments are summarized below. The S. 2367 Uniting and Securing America Act of 2018, SA…

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