(News and views from IBLF staff and attorneys)
The US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has restored Administrative Closure as an inherent power of Immigration Court judges, effectively overruling the current administration's attempt to preclude this standard procedure. This tool permits adjudication of pending applications by temporarilly suspending immigration court proceedings.
Many married people file their taxes as Head of Household in order to save money, not realizing that there are very strict requirments for such a status. In order for you to qualify as "considered unmarried" you must meet the following criteria taken directly from the IRS website:
El pasado 8 de enero de 2018, el Secretario de la Seguridad Nacional, anunció la decisión de terminación del TPS, por sus siglas en inglés (Estatus de Protección Temporal), para los nacionales de El Salvador. Para proceder con una transición adecuada dicha terminación se retrasará 18 meses, es decir, dicho estatus finalizará el día 9 de septiembre de 2019.
Today, January 8, 2018, the Administration terminated Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvadorans as of March 9, 2019. If a current TPS holder whose card is expiring this year wants to renew authorization to work, he or she will be required to re-register and apply for employment authorization which will expire on March 9, 2019.
The USCIS has sent an email discussing how they will react to requests from those affected by Hurricane IRMA (and presumably other similar hardship events.
Attorney General Sessions has cancelled the DACA program as of September 5, 2017, while providing a period for current DACA beneficiaries whose status will expire prior to March 5, 2018, to renew their applications for an additional 2 year period.
Over the next month, the ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY will be receiving comments concerning the adminstration's plans to "reform" the regulations currently in place to protect the environment, in particular how to implement the President's executive orders and plans to reduce burdensome protections, eliminate staff, and otherwise deregulate implementation of the many various environmental legislation, such as the Clear Air and Clean Water acts, Protection of Children, Emergency Planning & Community Right to Know, Costal Health, Endangered Species, Insecticide, Fungicide, Rodenic
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Maryland has now implemented a Dept of Homeland security check for all drivers licenses, being issued or renewed, supposedly for all drivers, US and foreign nationals. This causes a delay of about 7 to 16 days if their immediate security check doesn't return "positive" -- which apparently happens fairly frequently -- then it goes to a 2nd level verification which takes 5 to 10 business days, at which point the MVA is supposed to call the applicant and ask them to come back in. They are supposed to distribute a document to those who fail the immediate DHS check, but apparently ma