Catholic Charities Legal Services for Immigrants, Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Catholic Charities Legal Services for Immigrants, Archdiocese of Milwaukee Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigration Services Program provides information sessions, legal counsel, and assistance to vulnerable low-income immigrants.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee established the Legal Services for Immigrants program (LSI) in 1999. The LSI program is dedicated to two objectives: providing high-quality immigration legal services to those in need, and disseminating accurate information about immigration issues throughout the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Three staff attorneys, two paralegals, and numerous volunte

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee established the Legal Services for Immigrants program (LSI) in 1999. The LSI program is dedicated to two objectives: providing high-quality immigration legal services to those in need, and disseminating accurate information about immigration issues throughout the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Three staff attorneys, two paralegals, and numerous volunte

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U.S. lawmakers lament skilled immigrants moving north.Legisladores estadounidenses lamentan la mudanza de inmigrantes ha...
07/20/2021
Woe, Canada: U.S. lawmakers lament skilled immigrants moving north | CBC News

U.S. lawmakers lament skilled immigrants moving north.

Legisladores estadounidenses lamentan la mudanza de inmigrantes habilidosos hacía el norte.

American immigration laws have gathered dust for decades. Reform efforts have stalled amid partisan bickering. And that's why some U.S. politicians cast a jealous glance at Canada on Tuesday.

AILA Advisory regarding Immigrant Visa Processing Delays
07/02/2021

AILA Advisory regarding Immigrant Visa Processing Delays

AILA Advisory regarding Immigrant Visa Processing Delays

06/16/2021
www.justice.gov

(1) Matter of L-E-A-, 27 I&N Dec. 581 (A.G. 2019) (“L-E-A- II”), is vacated in its entirety so as to return the immigration system to the preexisting state of affairs pending completion of the ongoing rulemaking process and the issuance of a final rule addressing the definition of “particular social group.”

(2) Immigration judges and the Board should no longer follow L-E-A- II when adjudicating pending and future cases.

(1) Cuestión de L-E-A, 27 I&N Dec. 581 (A.G. 2019) ("L-E-A-II), es revocado en su totalidad para así regresar el sistema inmigratorio a su preexistente situación, a la espera de la finalización del proceso de reglamentación y la emisión de una regla final sobre la definición de un grupo social particular.

(2) Jueces de inmigración ya no deben seguir L-E-A- II al juzgar casos pendientes o en el futuro.

06/16/2021
www.justice.gov

Decided by the Attorney General June 16, 2021:

(1) Matter of A-B-, 27 I&N Dec. 316 (A.G. 2018) (“A-B- I”), and Matter of A-B-, 28 I&N Dec. 199 (A.G. 2021) (“A-B- II”), are vacated in their entirety.
(2) Immigration judges and the Board should no longer follow A-B- I or A-B- II when adjudicating pending or future cases. Instead, pending forthcoming rulemaking, immigration judges and the Board should follow pre-A-B- I precedent, including Matter of A-R-C-G-, 26 I&N Dec. 388 (BIA 2014).

Decisión del Procurador General el 16 de junio 2021:

(1) La cuestión de A-B, 27 I&N Dec. 316 (A.G. 2018) (“A-B- I”), y cuestión de A-B-, 28 I&N Dec. 199 (A.G. 2021) (“A-B- II”), son revocados en su totalidad.

(2) Jueces de inmigración ya no deben seguir A-B-I ni A-B-II al juzgar casos pendientes o en el futuro. En su lugar, a la espera de nueva reglamentación, jueces deben seguir precedentes pre-A-B-I, incluyendo la cuestión de A-R-C-G-, 26 I&N Dec. 388 (BIA 2014).

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Travel of U.S. Citizens with Expired Passports

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Ciudadanos estadounidenses viajando con pasaportes vencidos (enlace para leer el documento digital está en la página)

Supreme Court Rules Against Immigrants Seeking Green CardsLa Corte Suprema da dictamen en contra de inmigrantes buscanda...
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Supreme Court Rules Against Immigrants Seeking Green Cards

Supreme Court Rules Against Immigrants Seeking Green Cards

La Corte Suprema da dictamen en contra de inmigrantes buscanda la residencia

The justices said immigrants with “temporary protected status” who entered the country without authorization may not apply for lawful permanent residency.

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USCIS Policy Update: Naturalization Eligibility and Voter Registration Through a State’s Benefit Application Process (May 27, 2021)

USCIS Policy Update: Naturalization Eligibility and Voter Registration Through a State’s Benefit Application Process

Actualización de póliza de USCIS sobre elegibilidad para naturalización y la inscripción de votante a través del proceso de solicitar beneficios de un estado.

USCIS, May 27, 2021 "Policy Highlights • Clarifies that USCIS will not penalize an applicant who unknowingly or unwilfully registers to vote. •...

Former Immigration Judges Ask AG Garland to Review and Rescind Prior AG Certifications
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AILA - Former Immigration Judges Ask AG Garland to Review and Rescind Prior AG Certifications

Former Immigration Judges Ask AG Garland to Review and Rescind Prior AG Certifications

The Roundtable of Former Immigration Judges sent a letter to AG Garland urging him to review and rescind AG decisions issued under the Trump administration, noting that "the vast majority of those decisions overturned decades of substantive and procedural immigration law and policy."

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04/19/2021
Back to School Safety Presentation (Spanish) | April 2021

Questions about back to school safety during coronavirus? Watch this video! Other language available on our YouTube channel.

¿Preguntas acerca del regreso a la escuela durante la pandemia del coronavirus? ¡Mire este video! Disponsible en otros idiomas en nuestro canal de YouTube.

Many schools have plans to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) when they welcome students back to in-person learning. In this video, we will revi...

Secretary Mayorkas Designates Burma for Temporary Protected Status
03/17/2021
Secretary Mayorkas Designates Burma for Temporary Protected Status

Secretary Mayorkas Designates Burma for Temporary Protected Status

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas is designating Burma for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. This new designation of Burma for TPS enables Burmese nationals (and individuals without nationality who last habitually resided in Burma) currently residing in the United St...

Secretario Mayorkas Designa a Venezuela al Estatus de Protección Temporal por 18 Meses:"WASHINGTON—El secretario de Segu...
03/08/2021
Public Inspection: Designation of Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status and Implementation of Employment Authorization for Venezuelans Covered by Deferred Enforced Departure

Secretario Mayorkas Designa a Venezuela al Estatus de Protección Temporal por 18 Meses:

"WASHINGTON—El secretario de Seguridad Nacional, Alejandro N. Mayorkas, ha designado a Venezuela al Estatus de Protección Temporal (TPS) por 18 meses, hasta septiembre de 2022. Esta nueva designación de TPS para Venezuela permite que los nacionales venezolanos (y personas sin nacionalidad cuya última residencia habitual fue Venezuela) que residen actualmente en Estados Unidos presenten solicitudes iniciales para TPS, siempre que cumplan con los requisitos de elegibilidad.

La designación se debe a condiciones extraordinarias y temporales existentes en Venezuela que evitan que los nacionales regresen a su país de manera segura, entre estas, una crisis humanitaria compleja, marcada por el hambre y la desnutrición generalizadas, una creciente influencia y presencia de grupos armados no estatales, represión y una infraestructura en mal estado. El TPS puede extenderse a un país con condiciones que caigan dentro de una o más de las tres bases estatutarias para la designación: conflicto armado en curso, desastres naturales o condiciones extraordinarias y temporales.

'Las condiciones de vida en Venezuela revelan un país en crisis, incapaz de proteger a sus propios ciudadanos', dijo el secretario Mayorkas. 'Es en tiempos de circunstancias extraordinarias y temporales como estas, que Estados Unidos da un paso al frente para apoyar a los nacionales venezolanos elegibles que están actualmente presentes en Estados Unidos mientras su país de origen busca recuperarse de las crisis actuales'.

Solo las personas que pueden demostrar residencia continua en Estados Unidos al 8 de marzo de 2021 son elegibles a TPS bajo la designación de Venezuela. Por su propia salud y seguridad, las personas no deben creer en los traficantes u otras personas que afirmen que la frontera ahora está abierta. Debido a la pandemia, las restricciones de viaje y admisión en la frontera siguen vigentes.

Las personas que deseen el TPS deben presentar una solicitud con el Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de Estados Unidos dentro del periodo inicial de registro de 180 días. También pueden solicitar Documentos de Autorización de Empleo (EAD) y autorización de viaje. Todas las personas que solicitan TPS son sometidas a verificaciones de seguridad y de antecedentes como parte de la determinación de elegibilidad. Puede encontrar más detalles sobre los criterios de elegibilidad para presentar una solicitud inicial de TPS y solicitar un EAD en la notificación del Registro Federal (FRN) aquí: https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection/2021-04951/designation-of-venezuela-for-temporary-protected-status-and-implementation-of-employment.

La FRN también proporciona información acerca de la Salida Forzosa Diferida (DED) para nacionales venezolanos y cómo pueden solicitar los EAD relacionados con la DED, a base del memorándum presidencial del 19 de enero de 2021 que establece la DED para nacionales venezolanos por 18 meses, hasta el 20 de julio de 2022. Las personas que soliciten y reciban TPS y también estén cubiertas por la DED no tienen que solicitar documentación de autorización de empleo bajo ambos programas. USCIS exhorta a las personas que crean que son elegibles a TPS a solicitar durante el periodo de registro inicial anunciado en la FRN, aún si están cubiertos por la DED, en caso de que no cualifiquen para una presentación inicial tardía a TPS después que la DED haya caducado."

Designation of Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status and Implementation of Employment Authorization for Venezuelans Covered by Deferred Enforced Departure

Secretary Mayorkas Designates Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status for 18 Months: "WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland ...
03/08/2021
Public Inspection: Designation of Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status and Implementation of Employment Authorization for Venezuelans Covered by Deferred Enforced Departure

Secretary Mayorkas Designates Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status for 18 Months:

"WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas is designating Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, until September 2022. This new designation of TPS for Venezuela enables Venezuelan nationals (and individuals without nationality who last resided in Venezuela) currently residing in the United States to file initial applications for TPS, so long as they meet eligibility requirements.

This designation is due to extraordinary and temporary conditions in Venezuela that prevent nationals from returning safely, including a complex humanitarian crisis marked by widespread hunger and malnutrition, a growing influence and presence of non-state armed groups, repression, and a crumbling infrastructure. TPS can be extended to a country with conditions that fall into one, or more, of the three statutory bases for designation: ongoing armed conflict, environmental disasters, or extraordinary and temporary conditions.

'The living conditions in Venezuela reveal a country in turmoil, unable to protect its own citizens,' said Secretary Mayorkas. 'It is in times of extraordinary and temporary circumstances like these that the United States steps forward to support eligible Venezuelan nationals already present here, while their home country seeks to right itself out of the current crises.'

Only individuals who can demonstrate continuous residence in the United States as of March 8, 2021 are eligible for TPS under Venezuela’s designation. For their own health and safety, individuals should not believe smugglers or others claiming the border is now open. Due to the pandemic, travel and admission restrictions at the border remain in place.

Individuals desiring TPS must file an application with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services within the 180-day registration period. They may also apply for Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) and for travel authorization. All individuals applying for TPS undergo security and background checks as part of determining eligibility. More details about the eligibility criteria to submit an initial TPS application and apply for an EAD can be found in the Federal Register Notice (FRN) here: https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection/2021-04951/designation-of-venezuela-for-temporary-protected-status-and-implementation-of-employment

The FRN also provides information about Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Venezuelan nationals and how individuals may apply for DED-related EADs, based on the January 19, 2021, presidential memorandum establishing DED for Venezuelan nationals for 18 months, through July 20, 2022. Individuals who apply for and receive TPS and who are also covered by DED do not need to apply for Employment Authorization Documentations under both programs. USCIS encourages individuals who believe they are eligible for TPS to apply during the initial registration period announced in the FRN, even if they are also covered by DED, in case they cannot qualify for TPS late initial filing after DED has expired."

Designation of Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status and Implementation of Employment Authorization for Venezuelans Covered by Deferred Enforced Departure

USCIS Vuelve a la Versión del 2008 del Examen de Educación Cívica para Naturalización:El 22 de febrero, la administració...
02/22/2021
USCIS Vuelve a la Versión del 2008 del Examen de Educación Cívica para Naturalización

USCIS Vuelve a la Versión del 2008 del Examen de Educación Cívica para Naturalización:

El 22 de febrero, la administración de Biden anunció que volverá a la versión del 2008 del examen de educación cívica para naturalización. USCIS (inmigración) determinó que las actualizaciones al examen bajo la previa administración crearon barreras al proceso de naturalización. El objetivo de la administración actual es de hacer el proceso de la naturalización más accesible.

Inmigración ha compartido la siguiente información para solicitantes y proveedores de servicioes legales:

'Los solicitantes que presentaron su solicitud de naturalización en o después del 1 de diciembre de 2020, y antes del 1 de marzo de 2021, con una entrevista inicial antes del 19 de abril de 2021 tendrán la opción de tomar el examen de educación cívica de 2020 o el examen de educación cívica de 2008. Le notificaremos a los solicitantes que serán afectados por el cambio. Si la entrevista inicial es programada para el 19 de abril de 2021 o después, solicitantes tomarán el examen de educación cívica de 2008.

Albergaremos eventos para participación del público y llevaremos a cabo otras actividades de compromiso con la comunidad para asegurar que solicitantes estén familiarizados con las características de cada examen y cual version del examen tendrán que tomar.

Puede encontrar más información en uscis.gov/citizenship.

El Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de Estados Unidos anunció hoy que volverá a la versión 2008 del examen de educación cívica para naturalización a partir del 1 de marzo de 2021.

"Naturalization Civics Test Restored to Previous Version:The Biden administration announced on Feb. 22 it will be revert...
02/22/2021
USCIS Reverts to the 2008 Version of the Naturalization Civics Test

"Naturalization Civics Test Restored to Previous Version:

The Biden administration announced on Feb. 22 it will be reverting back to the 2008 version of the naturalization civics test. Upon review, USCIS determined that the updates to the test under the previous administration put in place barriers to naturalization. The current administration’s stated goal is to increase access to naturalization.

USICS has shared the following information for applicants and legal services providers:

“Applicants who filed their naturalization applications on or after Dec. 1, 2020, but before March 1, 2021, with an initial examination (interview) before April 19, 2021, will have the choice to either take the 2008 civics test or the 2020 civics test. We will notify applicants who are affected by the change. If the initial interview is scheduled on or after April 19, 2021, applicants will take the 2008 civic test.
We will also host a public engagement and conduct other outreach activities to ensure applicants are familiar with the different features of each test and which version of the civics test an applicant will need to take, based on the filing date (also known as a received date) and initial examination.”

More information can be found at uscis.gov/citizenship.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today it is reverting to the 2008 version of the naturalization civics test beginning March 1, 2021.

02/19/2021
lindasanchez.house.gov

La representante Linda Sanchez y el senador Bob Menendez han introducido el Acto de la Ciudadanía Estadounidense del 2021, lo cual estipula:

Un camino de 8 años para la ciudadanía para casí 11 millones de personas; el uso de la tecnología para patrullar las fronteras; una manera para que personas puedan solicitar el asilo desde Centroamérica antes de hacer el villaje peligroso hacia EEUU; y una manera para que los recipientes de la DACA obtengan la residencia permanente. Para el texto completo (en inglés):https://lindasanchez.house.gov/sites/lindasanchez.house.gov/files/2021.02.18%20US%20Citizenship%20Act%20Bill%20Text%20-%20SIGNED.pdf

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