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Deborah Usher

Memo on Venezuelan Enforced Departure Memorandum

Without fanfare and on his last day in office, President Trump issued a Memorandum protecting most Venezuelan exiles from deportation. The program grants work authorization which, in Florida, allows for the recipient to get a driver's license. With the program, the United States will defer for 18 months the removal of most Venezuelan nationals who were present in the U.S. on January 20, 2021.

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John Usher

USCIS Expands Interviews for Refugees and Asylees Petitioning for Family Members

USCIS has issued a policy memorandum (PDF, 277.32 KB) directing the phased expansion of in-person interviews for petitioners filing Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition. These additional interviews will provide an opportunity to evaluate a petitioner's credibility, supporting our mission to detect and prevent fraud and risks of harm to the United States and ensure the integrity of the immigration system.

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John Usher

We Can File New DACA Right Now!

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said it would administer the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program under the guidelines crafted by the Obama administration in 2012. Starting Monday, DHS said it would grant approved applicants work permits and deportation deferrals that last for two years and allow DACA-holders to request permission to travel abroad under certain circumstances.

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Deborah Usher

Adisory: DACA Is Back!!

On December 4, 2020, a U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York ordered DHS to fully reinstate the DACA program, finding that Wolf's July 2020 memo reconsidering the DACA program must be put aside. The order is effective immediately.

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John Usher

Ask John #2

Should I risk flying to California, being an illegal immigrant could things go wrong easily or should I not worry?

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John Usher

Ask John #1

Should I carry my work permit in my wallet, or leave it at home? I keep everything except my id at home. I'm scared to lose my ss card & my work permit. Is it legal to make a copy of them?

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