The U.S. State Department, on May 18th, 2021, eliminated a longstanding policy refusing to acknowledge the U.S. citizenship of the children of many married same-sex couples. Over the last several years, LGBTQ immigrant rights in the United States have changed significantly. A progressive cultural environment and several court cases have helped to equalize the treatment of [...]
Written by: Immigration Attorney Carlos Rodriguez LGBTQ+ immigration cases are very personal to me. I have been working as an immigration lawyer for a few years now. I recently joined Weinstock Immigration Lawyers after moving from Texas, where I worked with the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) assisting [...]
It can be tough to narrow down higher education options after graduation for most students. There are state and private college options, trade schools, and community colleges to choose from, and each option offers a different price point, a different trajectory, and a different path. These choices become even more difficult when there are other [...]
The U.S. Supreme Court, on Thursday, April 29, 2021, offering hope to thousands of long-term immigrants facing deportation in a ruling that faulted the federal government for improperly notifying a man who came to the United States illegally from Guatemala to appear for a U.S. Supreme Court, on Thursday, April 29, 2021, offering hope to [...]
President Joe Biden tells Congress to immediately revamp the immigration system. President Joe Biden tells Congress to immediately revamp the immigration system by passing measures where there’s bipartisan support even as he pressed them to adopt his sweeping overhaul. The president urged lawmakers to help bring an “end to our exhausting war on immigration.” He [...]
The Biden administration on Monday, March 3, 2021, announced it would grant temporary protected status to Venezuelan exiles, fulfilling a campaign promise to allow them to live and work legally in the U.S. The TPS designation offers legal protections for 18 months to Venezuelans fleeing the humanitarian crisis brought on by Nicolás Maduro’s government. It [...]
DACA IS BACK! A federal judge on Friday, December 4th issued an order requiring the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to start processing DACA applicants’ first-time and renewal requests as well as advance parole applications based on a grant of DACA. The judge ordered DHS to “post a public notice, within 3 calendar days of [...]
President-elect Joe Biden is reportedly working on a group of executive orders that would reverse several controversial Trump administration policies once he takes office on January 20. Immigration policy would be the most dramatic and immediate reversal. According to a Washington Post report, Biden plans to take immediate action on policies about climate change, immigration, and public [...]
The Cost of Adjusting Your U.S. Immigration Status Will Increase Drastically, And Asylum is No Longer Free.
The Trump administration announced on Friday an excessive increase in fees for some of the most common immigration procedures, including an 81% increase in the cost of U.S. citizenship for naturalization. It will also now charge asylum-seekers, which is an unprecedented move. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published on Friday a final rule in [...]
A judge ordered the US to accept new DACA applications. It is still unclear if the Trump administration will.
On June 18, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with DACA recipients ruling that how the Trump administration rescinded the DACA program in 2017 was unlawful. The decision is a massive victory for immigrant communities and their allies who mobilized to protect the DACA program. Although the Court sided with DACA recipients, it is essential [...]