USCIS Announces Intention to Accept Waivers of Inadmissibility

Aggie Hoffman

USCIS has announced that on March 4, 2013 it will begin accepting for filing the Application for Provisional Waivers of inadmissibility. This will benefit immediate relatives (spouses and parents of US citizens) by allowing the intending immigrant to remain in the US (thus minimizing separation of family) while the USCIS determines whether (s)he immigrant should be allowed to immigrate even though (s)he has been in the U.S. in unlawful status for one year or more. The determination will be based on a demonstration of “extreme… [ Continue reading ]

Filing for Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals

Aggie Hoffman

Yesterday was the first day the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). On Tuesday, Alejandro Mayorkas, USCIS Director held another news briefing about the process offered to DREAMERS. In his opening paragraph, Mr. Mayorkas stated: “Deferred Action does not confer lawful status.” This is repeated in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) released by the USCIS yesterday: The statement also appears on p. 2 of the 9 pages of instructions for completing the application (form I-821… [ Continue reading ]

DREAMERS Are Now “Childhood Arrivals”

Aggie Hoffman

On Friday, August 3, 2012, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director, Alejandro Mayorkas, held a conference call to provide information on benefits available under the “deferred action” process. As the label indicates, the benefit granted is “a deferral” of any action that may be taken against the applicant due to unlawful status. Once the period of deferred action ends, the applicant will revert to whatever status (s)he had before the temporary reprieve was granted. The benefits of the program recognize the plight of children… [ Continue reading ]

Phantom of a DREAM

Aggie Hoffman

Since last Friday (June 15, 2012) many articles have been written about President Obama’s announced Executive decision that effective immediately, he was extending “…temporary relief from deportation [removal] proceedings and [eligibility ] to apply for work authorization” to those whose unlawful status is due to no fault of their own. The beneficiaries are those who would benefit under the DREAM Act which has failed to be enacted by Congress. See my prior articles on the subject here and here. On the same day Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS), Janet… [ Continue reading ]