Ruby Powers

The child of a Mexican immigrant, Powers gravitated toward an international life by later marrying a Turkish immigrant. Having lived and studied in Belgium, Mexico, Turkey, Spain, and the United Arab Emirates, Powers speaks Spanish, French, and a hint of Turkish. With a passion for service and justice coupled with cultural understanding and an interest for immigrants, Powers dedicates her law practice to immigration law.

Trump Administration Ends Temporary Protection for Haitians

The Trump Administration has decided to end Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) for Haitians who were in the U.S. and could not return to the Haiti as a result of the devastations left by a 2010 earthquake and subsequently by a 2015 hurricane. Haitians that were in the U.S. under this Temporary Protection Program will be …

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Federal Judge Blocks Trump Administration Sanctuary Cities Order

On Monday, November 20 th , a federal judge permanently blocked President Trump’s executive order cutting funding from jurisdictions that do not cooperate with U.S. immigration authorities. U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick, in lawsuits brought by the California counties of San Francisco and Santa Clara, ruled that the Administration did not have the constitutional …

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The Updated and Improved Provisional Waiver and recent processing times

By Provisional Waiver Immigration Attorney Ruby L. Powers November 15, 2017 What is an I-601A waiver (Provisional Waiver)? The I-601A, Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver, is a waiver that was introduced in 2013 under the Obama Administration. This waiver allows certain individuals, who entered the United States unlawfully, to be able to pursue residency while maintaining …

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TPS

The Trump administration continues its anti-immigrant agenda by ending TPS for some countries and threatening to remove the designation for more. Most recently, the administration announced it will terminate Nicaraguan TPS, with the last day of TPS to be Jan. 5, 2019. This follows the termination of TPS status for Sudan (last day:Nov. 2, 2018). Honduran …

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USCIS Announces Higher Scrutiny for Petitions to Extend Nonimmigrant Status

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that it is instructing its officers to apply the same level of scrutiny to both initial petitions and extension requests for certain nonimmigrant visa categories. The guidance applies to almost all nonimmigrant classifications filed using Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker. Adjudicators are instructed to thoroughly review the …

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Update on Employment Based Interview Requirement

USCIS announced that adjustment of status interviews are now required for all employment based immigration. On October 1 USCIS began phasing in this requirement. In the past USCIS waived the interview requirement for most employment based applications for adjustment of status to permanent resident. Under the law it could require an interview on a case …

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Why It is Critical to Understand the New 90-day Rule Regarding Misrepresentation Based on Conduct

Immigrants now face stricter rules regarding misrepresentation. The Department of State (DOS) revised the section of the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) guidelines that deal with misrepresentation. Section 9 FAM 302.9-4(B)(3) applies to foreign nationals in the US “who conduct themselves in a manner inconsistent with representations they made to consular officers concerning their intentions at …

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