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Same-Sex Parents Citizenship for Babies Born Abroad

Victory as State Dept Allows Citizenship for Babies Born Abroad to Same-Sex Parents

The State Department said on Tuesday that it would grant U.S. citizenship to children born abroad who had at least one American parent, regardless of which parent was biologically related to the child. The new rules mean that couples using reproductive assistance such as IVF, surrogacy and Sperm donations can have children with the knowledge that they can pass along their citizenship. While the State Department wouldn’t provide estimates of

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Biometrics Plans Scrapped

Plans Requiring Collection of Immigrant DNA, Eye Scans and Voice Prints Cancelled

A new rule, proposed by Trump towards the end of his administration and required  immigrants to submit a wide range of biometrics data including DNA, eye scans, photos (facial recognition), and voice prints at any point until they became U.S. citizens, has been scrapped by President Biden. The controversial policy, which was first proposed in September 2020 and part of the Trump’s pledge to increase vetting of foreign nationals, would

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International Entrepreneur Rule

Biden Announces Return of Obama-Era Entrepreneur Program

The White House on Monday announced the return of the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER) that was introduced by President Obama’s administration back in 2017, but was effectively suspended by President Trump before it took effect. The rule allows more entrepreneurs to immigrate to the U.S. and start businesses, with eligible immigrants able to stay in the country for up to five years, providing they can attract $250,000 in investment in

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Judges Have Power to Close Deportation Cases

Third Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Administrative Closure in Removal Proceedings

MAY 11 2021 – In a decision published on May 5, 2021, Abner Antonio Arcos Sanchez v. Attorney General, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the power of immigration judges and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) to “administratively close” cases for individuals in removal proceedings (removal or deportation cases).   Administrative closure is an action where an immigration judge or the BIA temporarily closes or takes a case off the court’s active calendar without making a final decision in the case. Administrative closure

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Woman and Children Flee Congo Persecution, Win Asylum for All Four in April 2021

[Please note: The Client’s name and case key details may have been altered to preserve the identity of the client. This Success Story is not intended to be an offer of service or case plan. Every case is unique. The Success Story is presented for information purposes only.] In June of 2018, the Margaret W. Wong & Associates immigration law firm in Cleveland took over a case involving a woman

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Margaret W. Wong & Associates’ Cinderella Moment

Three major US Supreme Court wins for Margaret W. Wong & Associates occurred in May 2021. The United States Supreme Court granted Writ of Certiorari in two cases represented by Attorney Wong and another case represented by a former partner of the firm. All three Petitions were GRANTED. Judgments VACATED and cases REMANDED for further consideration in light of Niz-Chavez v. Garland, 593 U. S. ___ (2021). On April 28,

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Breaking News: US Supreme Court Issues Groundbreaking Decision on Notices to Appear and the Stop-time Rule

NEW! Margaret W. Wong explains everything in here video below. On April 28, 2021, the United States Supreme Court issued a 6-3 decision in the case Niz-Chavez v. Garland that will likely have a major impact on many noncitizens who are currently in immigration court proceedings or who previously lost their immigration court cases. Specifically, the Supreme Court held that a “Notice to Appear” (NTA), which is the document that

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asian-american discrimination bill

Senate Passes Asian-American Discrimination Bill

According to advocacy group Stop AAPI Hate, 3,800 hate incidents directed towards Asian Americans have been recorded in the past year, compared to around 100 incidents annually before the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, The Senate passed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act by 94 votes to 1, in a rare showing of bipartisan support. In summary, the bill will: Expedite the Department of Justice’s review into hate crimes and means a

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biden refugee cap

President Biden to Decide on New Refugee Cap

Last Friday, President Biden announced that the record-low 15,000 annual cap on refugees would not be lifted, and that it “remains justified”. Democratic members of congress were not happy about this and, just a few hours later, the White House revoked the statement and said that they would be issuing information on an ‘increased’ cap on May 15th. The news disappointed immigration advocacy groups across the country who expected Biden’s

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