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Immigration law and policy have always been politically contested in the United States, but we have never seen more attacks on immigration than we’ve witnessed over the past four years. But thankfully, a new day is here! We are thrilled to welcome President Biden and Vice President Harris! On January 20th, President Biden “announced a welcoming and inclusive vision for immigration in a legislative proposal that provides a path to citizenship for millions of…
What’s going on with the travel bans? Can I start planning travel to the U.S.? There’s been a bit of confusion regarding the lifting of the travel bans. On Monday, January 19th, Trump signed an order lifting the travel bans from Ireland, the UK, most of Europe, and Brazil. This news was followed by an announcement from the Biden Administration, stating that they would NOT be lifting any travel bans. Jen Psaki, a Biden spokeswoman…
Do I Need a Covid-19 Test to Enter the US? Does this policy change the status of travel bans? On Tuesday January 12th, the CDC announced they would be requiring proof of a negative Covid-19 test to enter the United States. Travelers who have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last three months are exempt from proof of a negative test, they will need to supply a physician’s note indicating they have fully recovered. Individuals…
Can soon-to-be President Biden cancel the travel bans? Will he cancel them? What do you need to know? Many are wondering what power a President has over travel bans and whether Biden might cancel them in the United States. The travel bans were done via a mechanism known as a presidential proclamation. For a new president to come in, it is pretty easy for them to cancel a previous presidential proclamation. The short answer: For…
US citizen spouses and children of undocumented immigrants will finally get stimulus checks! On Sunday, December 27, 2020, President Trump signed a new $900 billion stimulus bill into law, alongside a government spending package that Congress passed on December 21, 2020. The bill fixes a few issues that restricted payment of the first wave of stimulus checks from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) earlier this year. The new bill allows…
This past Friday, (December 4) Judge Nicholas Garaufis of the Eastern District of New York ruled that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) must begin accepting new applications, renewals, and advanced parole requests under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). The DACA program was created in 2012 under the Obama Administration and it allows undocumented people who were brought to the U.S. as children to apply for temporary protection against deportation and a…
On Tuesday, November 10, 2020, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) issued comprehensive recommendations on swift immigration reform for the incoming Biden-Harris Administration. AILA is the national bar association for immigration lawyers with over 15,000 members scattered throughout the U.S. and even the globe. Our Managing Attorney, Fiona McEntee, is one of a few national spokespeople for AILA and is also the Chair of the Media & Advocacy Committee for AILA National & the…
Immigration law and policy have always been a politically contested issue in the United States, but we have never seen more attacks on immigration than we’ve witnessed over the past four years. Under the Trump administration’s tenure, the USCIS – the agency that tasks with handling citizenship and visa applications – removed reference to the U.S. being a “nation of immigrants” in its mission statement and replaced it with language about “protecting Americans.” For many…
Four years ago, I was a senior at Wellesley College, a private women’s liberal arts school located just 15 miles west of Boston. Wellesley is known for the excellence of its education, the uniqueness of its campus culture, and of course, its notable alumni made up of numerous glass-ceiling breakers such as Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; newscaster Diane Sawyer; the first lady of the Republic of China, Soong Mayling aka Madame Chiang Kai-shek;…
What? The Diversity Visa Program, also known as the “green card lottery”, is a United States government lottery program for receiving a permanent resident card (“green card”). The lottery provides up to 55,000 green cards to the U.S. each year.  When? The registration period opened at noon EDT on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, and runs until noon EDT on Tuesday, November 10, 2020. Who? To apply you must be a native of a country with…