US Visa Entry Vetting by Social Media

The U.S State Dept has announced plans to inspect social media contacts of foreign visitors from certain countries entering on Visas. Our immigration lawyers have been made aware that those requesting US visas have been asked for their passwords and usernames by Customs and Border Patrol and now it seems the government is taking this a step further by requesting applicants to disclose their usernames and/or passwords dating back several years so that one’s social media history can be reviewed before determining if one is able to enter the US on a visa.

Our immigration attorneys are keeping up to date on current changes to immigration law and policy.  

For a free consultation, contact our immigration lawyers in Las Vegas at (702) 836-9003 or in Reno, Carson City and Northern Nevada at (775) 826-2099. You may also contact our lead immigration attorney via email by clicking here. 

Immigration Lawyers Filing for DACA after USCIS Reopens Renewals

On Saturday, January 13, 2018 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the DACA program has been reopened for those whose DACA had expired before DACA was rescinded by the president in last year. Our immigration attorneys have been working with clients who are eligible to renew or file a new request so that we can file for our clients as soon as possible.

In a statement, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services said that “until further notice,” the Obama-era program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA, “will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded” in September, when President Trump moved to end it.

The agency said on Saturday that people who were previously granted deferred action under the program could request a renewal if it had expired on or after Sept. 5, 2016. People who had previously received DACA, but whose deferred action had expired before Sept. 5, 2016, cannot renew, but can instead file a new request, the agency said.

However, those who have never filed DACA, has had their DACA expired for over 1 year or whose DACA has been terminated by USCIS, cannot file for an initial or renewal request.

For a free consultation, contact our immigration lawyers in Las Vegas at (702) 836-9003 or in Reno, Carson City and Northern Nevada at (775) 826-2099. You may also contact our lead immigration attorney via email by clicking here. 

Federal Judge Enjoins DHS from Halting DACA Renewals

When DACA ends in March of this year, pursuant to an order from the U.S Attorney General, it is estimated up to 1000 current DACA recipients will lose status each and every day. The California Attorney General, along with other entities, filed suit in San Francisco asking a Federal District Court Judge to issue an injunction prohibiting the Department of Homeland Security for eliminating DACA. That request was granted pending a full hearing on the merits of the case and our immigration attorneys are awaiting further information and updates to find out if we can file DACA renewals for our clients facing the expiration of their work authorization.
 
Meanwhile Democrats in Washington are threatening a government shut down if DACA is not resolved prior to March when the program is supposed to end.

For a free consultation, contact our immigration lawyers in Las Vegas at (702) 836-9003 or in Reno, Carson City and Northern Nevada at (775) 826-2099. You may also contact our lead immigration attorney via email by clicking here. 

TPS Discontinued for 200,000 from El Salvador

The Department t of Homeland Security (DHS) has ordered El Salvadoran’s granted Temporary Protective Status and work authorization to depart the U.S. before September of 2019 or face deportation. It is unclear if work permits that are to expire in 2018 can be renewed at this point but our immigration lawyers are carefully monitoring USCIS policy for any updates. There are approximately an equal number of U.S citizen children of TPS holders, 200,000 who would either leave the U.S. or be left behind while their parents are deported or forced to leave the U.S.
 
Many TPS holders have U.S. citizen spouses who could adjust their status to permanent residence prior to this occurring. Our immigration attorneys have filed applications for several clients who have valid TPS and are filing for permanent residence, or green cards, through U.S. citizen spouses. Otherwise, those with TPS who cannot adjust status will face being placed in immigration court or removal proceedings.

For a free consultation, contact our immigration lawyers in Las Vegas at (702) 836-9003 or in Reno, Carson City and Northern Nevada at (775) 826-2099. You may also contact our lead immigration attorney via email by clicking here. 

Immigration Lawyers Oppose ICE in Courthouses

Our judicial system is under attack from one of the very agencies charged with protecting it; namely, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and ICE, its enforcement arm. All of us, including the undocumented, have the right to pursue actions in court whether it be to seek protection from an abuser or bring an action on a debt someone owes.

However, ICE is using the Courthouse as a convenient location to pick up the undocumented even without a warrant. Our immigration attorneys stand ready to protect those who are targeted by ICE.

For those who are concerned about appearing in court they should contact an immigration lawyer prior to determine what their rights are and what protections they have against police abuse especially Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

For a free consultation, contact our immigration lawyers in Las Vegas at (702) 836-9003 or in Reno, Carson City and Northern Nevada at (775) 826-2099. You may also contact our lead immigration attorney via email by clicking here. 

Immigration Lawyers Argue DACA Was Constitutional

The current president ended DACA on March 5th of this year arguing it was unconstitutional for his predecessor to take executive action to grant DACA relief to 800,000 “Dreamers,” or undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.

Then President Trump stated that if Congress did not legislate DACA into law he would reconsider starting up te program again by executive order. This argument of course undermines the Justice Departments argument that the original Obama Order was unconstitutional beyond the executive powers of the president.

Our Immigration attorneys are looking for other options for our DACA clients who may be able to adjust status to permanent residence through marriage to a U.S. citizen or resident spouse, military parole-in-place, or other options such as asylum and cancellation of removal.

For a free consultation, contact our immigration lawyers in Las Vegas at (702) 836-9003 or in Reno, Carson City and Northern Nevada at (775) 826-2099. You may also contact our lead immigration attorney via email by clicking here. 

Court Orders DHS to Release DACA Documents

The California Attorney General and other interested parties have convinced the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to order the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release documents related to President’s Trump ending of the DACA program. Our immigration attorneys helped hundreds of clients file for and renew DACA before the program was terminated and are now looking for other options through I-601A waivers, adjustment of status, military parole in place, etc.

Despite Trump’s promise to work out a solution to protect Dreamers he and his party have done nothing to protect these deserving Dreamers. And time is running out since many of the 800,000 youths who have DACA will soon see their work permits terminated if Congress fails to take action.

For a free consultation, contact our immigration lawyers in Las Vegas at (702) 836-9003 or in Reno, Carson City and Northern Nevada at (775) 826-2099. You may also contact our lead immigration attorney via email by clicking here. 

Dreamers Encouraged by Democratic Support for Dream Act

Those whose DACA programs will expire next year because of Trump’s Executive Order are looking to the Democratic Party to get the Dream Act adopted. If Republicans expect Democrats to support a federal budget for 2018, which must pass early next month, they may have to compromise on the Dream Act in order to get that budget passed.

Our immigration attorneys have started to look for other options for our DACA clients whose work permits are expiring or are set to expire within the next two years. These include I-601A waivers or pardons, adjustment of status to permanent residence through spouses and other families and military parole in place.

For a free consultation, contact our immigration lawyers in Las Vegas at (702) 836-9003 or in Reno, Carson City and Northern Nevada at (775) 826-2099. You may also contact our lead immigration attorney via email by clicking here. 

Immigration Lawyers Contest DACA Rescission

Lawyers representing DACA beneficiaries are asking a federal judge to rule on President Trump’s ending of DACA by Executive Order. Lawyers argue his order is unconstitutional and not properly based on regulations enforcing the Immigration and Nationality Act. Our immigration attorneys were helping hundreds of people who were brought to the U.S. as children, are persons of good moral character, have graduated from high school and are otherwise eligible for the DACA program.

At this point, we are looking at other options for these clients as their work authorization expires. However, there is hope that the program could be restored or the rescission put on hold by a number of these law suits. For a free consultation, contact our immigration lawyers in Las Vegas at (702) 836-9003 or in Reno, Carson City and Northern Nevada at (775) 826-2099. You may also contact our lead immigration attorney via email by clicking here. 

Republican Senator Jeff Flake from Arizona is supporting an extension of DACA to allow recipients who qualify to continue to receive work authorization and deferral of deportation and a new version of the Dream Act which would be a “pathway to citizenship”. In the opinion of our immigration lawyers a ten year program to apply for permanent residence is much too long a period of time.

Moreover, there are officials in the White House who are opposed to any extension of DACA and no pathway to citizenship for past DACA reciepints. Congress has only 5 months left to pass legislation before DACA will no longer become available. Many of our clients, whose DACA benefits expired between September 5 and March 5, 2017 had to rush in order to file for their DACA renewals prior to October 5th. However, at this time our immigration attorneys are hoping to find other ways our DACA clients can apply for legal status in the U.S., such as through marriage to a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident.

For a free consultation, contact our immigration lawyers in Las Vegas at (702) 836-9003 or in Reno, Carson City and Northern Nevada at (775) 826-2099. You may also contact our lead immigration attorney via email by clicking here.