Immigration News

August 2019 Visa Bulletin Shows Extensive Retrogression Across Employment-Based Categories

By Attorney Michele Strickland The August 2019 Visa Bulletin, released by the U.S. Department of State earlier this month, shows substantial retrogression affecting employment-based categories worldwide. The State Department expects the retrogression to be short lived and anticipates that the final action dates should return to those listed in the July 2019 Visa Bulletin by the start of fiscal year 2020

Visa Bulletin Update as of July 2019

The U.S. State Department announced that in July the family 2A category (spouses and unmarried children of lawful permanent residents) is current for the first time in many years.  The category will remain current for the month of August. USCIS announced that even though Worldwide Family 2A is backlogged on the Dates of Filing Chart, since the

How to Prepare for an Immigration ICE Raid

In the past weeks, there has been much discussion about immigration raids. While the date and location of these raids are not clear, here are some things you should know to be prepared and to know the rights you have. Have a family preparedness plan Have a plan so that someone you trust can take

There’s a new docket in the Houston Immigration Courts— The Status Docket

Recently, we have seen that Judges in the non-detained Houston immigration courts have been offering for some individuals to be placed on the “status docket.”  A status docket allows for an individual case to be placed on hold during the pendency of a process with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  Being placed

Un Exitoso Perdon 212 (c) Aprobado en Corte

Recientemente, nuestra firma celebro la aprobación de un perdón para residencia legal permanente a quien ha estado en proceso de deportación por un crimen cometido en los 80s. Nuestro cliente viajaba de regreso a los Estados Unidos, desde su País de origen en Haití en el 2012 y fue en ese momento que fue puesto

Powers Law Group’s 212 (C) Victory

Recently, our firm celebrated the approval of a waiver in court for a lawful permanent resident who had been in removal proceedings for a crime committed in the 1980’s. Our client was traveling back from his home country of Haiti and in 2012 and was placed in removal proceedings. Our firm conducted research and found

Nielsen v. Preap, Supreme Court Ruling 2019

In a new case earlier this month, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Nielsen v. Preap that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) can detain convicted immigrants after the alien is released from criminal detention. The wording of the ruling has left immigration advocates and civil rights groups alarmed at its vagueness; when does release from criminal

Changes to “I-539” Application to Extend/Change Non-Immigrant Status-What to Look Out For

On March 08, 2019,  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) issued a “significantly revised” I-539 Application to Extend/Change Non-Immigrant Status. Many people are familiar with the I-539 as it is the application used to extend anything from a tourist visa to an H-1B visa.  Significant changes involved in USCIS’ revision to the I-539 include: (1)

Top 10 Questions for Court Removal

Can they detain me at my Master Calendar Hearing? No, they cannot. Individuals in removal proceedings will have a right to fight their case at their individual hearing, at a later date. What happens after I pay my bond, do I get my money back? The Department of Homeland Security’s agency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement,

I-730 Follow to Join Success: Family Reunited in the United States

The Powers Law Group successfully reunited a client and his family, whom he had not seen each in almost 2 years. This client hired us in 2017 to file an asylum application on their behalf.  We filed the application in August 2017. In October 2017, we attended their asylum interview in the East Coast. In