Monthly Archives: May 2013

Temporary Protected Status Extended for Salvadorans

The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Janet Napolitano, has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of El Salvador for an additional 18 months starting on September 10, 2013 and the period ends on March 9, 2015. Current Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register during the allotted 60-day […]

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Immigration Bill

Late Tuesday night Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy managed to get a bipartisan immigration reform bill through his committee before Memorial Day, after weeks of keeping the band of senators together. Senate Bill 744 is ready for primetime on the Senate floor. Once the bill hits the floor, many Senators, both those with good intentions […]

Immigration and Customs Enforcement Custody Report Details

On an average work day, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) took 1,509 individuals into custody, as reported in the latest available ICE data from November and December 2012. During the weekends, the volume of detained aliens decreased to an average of 471 people a day placed into ICE custody. Nearly 8,500 individuals were picked up […]

Customs and Border Protection’s Presence Abroad

The Immigration Advisory Program (IAP) One of the most significant international programs managed by CBP is the IAP. CBP describes the program as part of CBP’s layered security strategy that is designed to increase the safety of commercial air travel to the United States by minimizing the number of incorrectly documented travelers entering the United […]

FY2014 H-1B Cap Cases Receipt Notice Update

USCIS Service Center Operations indicated that as of Friday, May 10th all data entry was completed and receipt notices have been sent out to applicants. Rejection notices have also been sent out and USCIS advises to allow until the end of May for delivery of receipt/rejection notices.

Deportation, Asylum, Withholding of Removal

Deportation Without Representation

One of the most groundbreaking provisions, tucked away onto page 567 of the Senate’s 844-page Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill; for the first time, the United States Government would provide, voluntarily, a free lawyer to an immigrant in deportation proceedings. The bill only gives lawyers to the most sympathetic of cases: the mentally disabled, children and […]

Question: Can I travel outside of the United States and return after obtaining Deferred Action?

Answer: Current policy for Deferred Action does not allow for traveling outside of the United States (Advance Parole). Traveling outside of the United States may result in triggering the 10-year bar because most clients who are approved for DACA have had unlawful presence issues (being in the U.S. unlawfully for more than one year).  DACA […]

USCIS Hosting Focus Group in the Greater Los Angeles Area

Do you live in the Greater Los Angeles Area? On May 15, USCIS will host three in-person focus group sessions soliciting feedback on the various ways in which you can interact with USCIS. Your feedback will help USCIS improve access to information and services for current and future customers. For details and to RSVP, please […]

Los Angeles Residents encouraged to contact Senator Feinstein for Immigration Bill push

Today the United States Senate is having the first mark-up of bill 744, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill. We now know that the “triggers” and Title I (border security) will be up first for amendments to be offered, debated and voted on. People from California interested in helping the immigration bill get passed are encouraged […]

What crimes can lead to my deportation in California? (8 U.S.C. 1227)

If you are a legal alien living in California, you may be at risk of being deported if you have committed a deportable offense. Only certain criminal convictions lead to deportation in the United States. According to 8 U.S.C. 1227(a)(2), you can be deported if you commit any of the following offenses: (1)    An aggravated […]