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WATCH: E-2 Investment Visa – What You Need to Know!

The E-2 non-immigrant ‘treaty’ visa allows a citizen of a treaty country (a country which has a Treaty of Trade and Commerce with the United States) to be admitted to the United States when investing a substantial amount of capital in a U.S. business. Certain employees of such a person or organization may also be eligible for this classification. Get more information on Investment Visas here.

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New Work Permit Lifeline for Undocumented Crime Victims Waiting for U-Visas

Usually when you file for a U-Visa ( for victims of certain crimes), you’ll need to wait in line for 5-6 years before securing authorization to work. Last week, the White House announced that people waiting for U-visas will have their applications preliminarily reviewed, and if the applications are deemed “bona fide,” they will receive work permits and protection from deportation while they wait for final approval on their visas. Margaret W. Wong

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ICE To Halt Immigration Detention of Pregnant Women

U.S. immigration officials have announced that they will no longer routinely jail migrants facing deportation if they are pregnant or recently gave birth, in what is a reversal of policies enacted by Trump. The new directive, announced Friday July 9th, does not bar Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from initiating proceedings to deport women who are pregnant, nursing or have given birth within the past year. However, they would generally

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President Biden Celebrates New U.S. Citizens at 4th July Event

President Joe Biden celebrated 21 new U.S. citizens at a naturalization ceremony at the White House on Friday, on the same day his administration rolled out a new strategy encouraging more immigrants to become citizens. The ceremony was part of a USCIS effort to swear in over 9,400 new citizens across 170 naturalization ceremonies between June 30 and July 7 – demonstrating their ‘commitment to welcoming immigrants’. The 21 new

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U.S. and Canada Start to Loosen Border Restrictions

Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced this week that the restrictions that have locked down U.S./Canada border since March 2020 will start to relax over the coming weeks. In the first step, as of Monday July 5th, those who hold Canadian citizenship or permanent residency and are fully vaccinated* against COVID-19 can enter Canada without needing to quarantine for 2 weeks. Previously, those who travelled by air were required to

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Biden Outlines New Measures for Deported Veterans

President Joe Biden’s administration this week unveiled new measures allowing immigrants who have served in the army and later deported to return to the U.S. legally. A ‘rigorous, systematic’ approach to review cases In an announcement from DHS secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, the government ordered immigration authorities to form a ‘rigorous, systematic’ approach to review cases of immigrants where there had been a ‘failure to live up to America’s highest values’.

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More Central American Parents Eligible to Bring Children to U.S.

The Biden Administration has announced this week that immigrants who have pending applications for asylum or U visas can file petitions to bring their children to the United States. This adds onto an Obama-era policy where immigrants who had obtained green cards, TPS and other forms of legal status, and were eligible to file applications for the program on behalf of their children. The Obama-era policy, which intended to discourage

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Biden to Speed Up U-Visa Work Permits for Immigrants Who Are Victims of Crime

The Biden administration this week announced that they will speed up temporary work permit applications for undocumented immigrants who are victims of crime, under the U-Visa program. US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced in a June 14 memo that they will begin expediting processing of cases due to “drastic increases in the volume of U nonimmigrant petitions and a growing backlog awaiting placement on the waiting list or final

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DHS expands Haitian eligibility for TPS

The United States will expand eligibility for ‘Temporary Protected Status’ (TPS) that grants deportation relief and work permits to immigrants who cannot safely return to their home countries due to the threat of war or natural disaster, the Department of Homeland Security said last week. The new designation will now cover around 150,000 Haitians already living in the United States. “After careful consideration, we determined that we must do what

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