Immigration News

Powers Law Group Updates on COVID-19

Dear Powers Law Group Clients, The health and wellness of our clients and employees is our top priority. We are closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and reviewing guidance from the CDC as well as state and local authorities. Our Houston immigration attorneys are firmly committed to doing our part to lessen the virus’ impact on

Changes to H-1B Visa Lottery Filing Process: What to Look Out For

From March 01, 2020 to March 20, 2020, USCIS will require employers to electronically register for the H-1B visa lottery. This new process will ask employers to submit online registrations with minimal information required for each visa selected. Each submission carries a $10 filing fee. After March 20, 2020, USCIS will hold the registration lottery

Expansion of US Travel Ban- New Countries Added

Recently, the Trump Administration announced an expansion to the Travel Ban.  Under the new Ban, the following countries are affected: Myanmar  Eritrea Kyrgyzstan Nigeria Sudan  Tanzania  Of the above list, green cards under the diversity lottery program will be restricted for Sudan and Tanzania. The effective date of the new travel ban is February 21,

Public Charge Rule Implementation: What to Look Out For

A new public charge rule, proposed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will go into effect on February 24, 2020. Previously, the rule had been blocked from going into effect by three different federal judges on October 11, 2019. However, as of January 30, 2020, the Supreme Court recently ruled in favor to allow

New Immigration Court In Houston Texas

On January 06, 2020, we received official news that a new immigration court would open in Houston, Texas. The court is now fully operational and there are judges already assigned at the new court, which is named the Houston- S. Gessner Road court and located at:                 8701 S. Gessner Road, 10th Floor                 Houston,

Venezuelan Asylum Victory In Court

In 2014, our client fled Venezuela after he was physically attacked and threatened by Venezuelan officials on account of his political opinion. Our client attended his affirmative asylum interview on his own in 2017 and was then referred to court. When we were retained for his court case, we worked very hard to get a

2019 Immigration Litigation Updates

By: Attorney Cynthia Milian This year we have seen several policies proposed and when they are about to get implemented at the consular level or local field office level, federal courts have stepped in to enjoin these polices. This article provides a brief update on litigation that affects many of our clients daily and a

245i Adjustment of Status Victory in Court

Our firm is celebrating the most recent win of one of our clients today. Our client, a native from Mexico, has been residing in the United States since 1989. She was ordered deported in abstentia in 1999 for failing to receive notice. After she visited several attorneys in the past and was unsuccessful in getting

Programa “Permanecer en México”: A Qué Prestar Atención

A fines de septiembre de 2019, la administración actual aprobó una nueva política que permite a los agentes de la patrulla fronteriza exigir a los solicitantes de asilo a los Estados Unidos que esperen en México durante meses o más mientras sus casos se están procesando en los EE. UU. Hasta ahora, se ha implementado

“Remain in Mexico” Program: What to Look Out For

At the end of September 2019, the current administration passed a new policy that allows border patrol officers to require asylum seekers to the United States to wait in Mexico for months or more while their cases are being processed in the U.S. So far, it has been implemented at the Calexico, California border and