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Oregon's new "real" ID

Thanks to an initial congressional decision made earlier this summer, Oregon is well on its way to joining 13 other states in allowing undocumented individuals to obtain driver’s licenses. This is good news for families and individuals who have faced added hardship in getting to work and...

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New Consequences for Immigrants who Receive Public Benefits

On October 15, 2019 new rules go into effect regarding the admissibility of some immigrant and nonimmigrant applicants.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), through the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is changing how it determines if an applicant may become a public...

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USCIS Officers Authorized to Create Fake Social Media Accounts

Last week, as students all around the world returned to school for a new year, it was reported that a college freshman from Lebanon was denied entry at the airport on his way to his first year at Harvard University. The reason for his denial, despite having an approved student visa and having...

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Recent Announcement May Remove Restrictions on Detaining Children

A recent announcement from the White House threatens to worsen conditions for detainees at the United States’ southern border by proposing a fundamental change to the Flores Settlement agreement.

Decided in 1997, the settlement ruled that children should be released to an adult relative in...

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Client Feature: Nasreen Sheikh

Nasreen Sheikh, a national of Nepal, visited our law firm in 2018 to secure a green card. We have since gotten to know her very well and have been incredibly moved by her story. Despite being born in a region that does not record female births and being forced to work in a sweatshop as a child,...

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Restaurants Face ICE Raids

From the farm to the table, immigrants feed Americans. Many of the immigrants who grow, prepare, and serve our food also happen to be without lawful immigrant status. According to a 2016 Pew report, undocumented folk make up 17% of the agriculture and 9% of the hospitality labor forces.

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Will Social Media Posts Affect Your Visa?

Immigration officials are becoming increasingly interested in foreign visitors’ social media accounts and online presence. 

In 2017, the Trump administration began implementing “extreme vetting” and introduced Form DS-5535, which requires applicants from certain countries...

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USCIS to Close all but Seven International Field Offices

In a departure from a previous plan, USCIS has announced that they will close all but seven international field offices by August 2020. Earlier this year, the Trump administration announced a plan to shut down all offices, but they have since backtracked and confirmed plans to keep seven offices...

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Changing H-1B Employers

So, you’ve gone through the H-1B lottery system and won! Now you and your employer can work together happily ever after (or at least until your H-1B status expires). 

But what happens if your relationship with your employer sours or if another company expresses interest in hiring you...

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Demystifying the Naturalization Process

With all of the uncertainty in the news lately regarding immigration in the United States, those with both temporary and permanent residence in the US are likely feeling a little uneasy. Even if you’ve filed your application properly or made sure to follow the laws in order not to...

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DHS Announces Final Public Charge Rule

You’ve likely seen in the news this week that the Department of Homeland Security has announced official guidelines for how they will determine whether or not an intending immigrant is, or is likely to become, a “public charge.” The Trump administration has been hinting towards...

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Trump Announces End to Two Family Reunification Parole Programs

The Trump administration recently announced a plan to discontinue two specific parole programs which offer protection and family reunification to Filipino veterans of WWII and victims of natural disasters in Haiti. This declaration comes just a few weeks after Trump announced a likely end to the...

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