Immigration protections for Nepalese Citizens!

Temporary protected status or “TPS” is a temporary immigration status to the United States, granted to eligible nationals of designated countries. The following countries are currently under TPS: Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Haiti, Somalia, Syria, Sudan and South Sudan. 

TPS is an immigration status granted to immigrants in the United States who are temporarily unable to safely return to their home country because of ongoing armed conflict, an environmental disaster, or other extraordinary and temporary conditions. In the case of Nepal, it received TPS designation resulting from the devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015, and the subsequent aftershocks.

As a result, Nepalese nationals residing in the United States may apply for the second time for TPS with USCIS.

The TPS designation for Nepal became effective on the day of the announcement in 2015 and the extension that was approved just a few days ago, October 26, 2016, will be in effect through December 27, 2016. The registration period ends on December 27, 2016. 

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We are at War, so Syrians…

 

We are at War, so Syrians also have temporary protected status if they were already in the United States!

Temporary protected status or “TPS” is a temporary immigration status to the United States, granted to eligible nationals of designated countries. The following countries are currently under TPS: Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Haiti, Somalia, Syria, Sudan and South Sudan.

TPS is an immigration status granted to immigrants in the United States who are temporarily unable to safely return to their home country because of ongoing armed conflict, an environmental disaster, or other extraordinary and temporary conditions. Syria was designated as TPS country in 2012.

Last month, the Obama Administration announced the extension that allows TPS beneficiaries to retain TPS through March 31, 2018, so long as they continue to meet the eligibility requirements for TPS. The re-designation of Syria allows additional individuals who have been continuously residing in the United States since August 1, 2016 to obtain TPS, if otherwise eligible. The government has determined that an extension of the current designation and a re-designation of Syria for TPS are warranted because the ongoing armed conflict and other extraordinary and temporary conditions that prompted the 2015 TPS re-designation have not only persisted, but have deteriorated, and because the ongoing armed conflict in Syria and other extraordinary and temporary conditions would pose a serious threat to the personal safety of Syrian nationals if they were required to return to their country.

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If you got money, you got Visa!

New Potential Policy? If you got money, you got Visa!

Just last month, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (known as USCIS) proposed a new rule, which would allow certain international entrepreneurs to be considered for parole (temporary permission to be in the United States) so that they may start or scale their businesses in the United States of America.

But please keep in mind that it is JUST A PROPOSED RULE, not the law yet.  The way it works is that once the notice of proposed rulemaking is published in the Federal Register, the public will have 45 days from the date of publication to comment. Anybody can submit comment and you should follow the instructions in the notice to do so.

The federal government says that the idea behind this proposed rule is to create jobs, attract investment and generate revenue in the United States of America.

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NEW EXTENSION OF TPS

SALVADORIANS JUST RECEIVED NEW EXTENSION OF TPS

The United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (hereinafter referred to as “USCIS”) announced on July 8, 2016, that President Obama’s administration is extending the temporary protected status (hereinafter referred to as “TPS”) for eligible nationals of El Salvador from the current expiration date of September 9, 2016.  The extension is for eighteen months.  Therefore, the new expiration date is March 9, 2018.  As you may recall, El Salvador was designated for TPS in 2001 following a series of severe earthquakes.  The USCIS has determined that an extension is warranted because the conditions persist and temporarily prevent El Salvador from handling the proper return of its nationals.

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DAPA and Expanded DACA

DAPA and Expanded DACA… 4 – 4 tie  in the supreme court. Now what?

Last month, the United States Supreme Court in a two-sentence decision destroyed the dreams of more than 5 million immigrants.  The split decision from the Supreme Court’s on U.S v. Texas, the case against President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, allows the block on DAPA and the expansion of DACA to continue.

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Relief for Ecuador’s Earthquake..?

SPECIAL SITUATIONS: EARTHQUAKE IN ECUADOR. ANY RELIEF?

Yes.  Sometimes natural catastrophes and other extreme situations can occur that are beyond your control. These events can affect your USCIS application, petition or immigration status. Neither USCIS nor yourself cannot anticipate these events, but USCIS has policies in place that will try to help you get the benefits for which you qualify.

USCIS offers immigration relief measures for people affected by natural disasters, such as the severe earthquakes that recently occurred in Ecuador, Japan and Burma.

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VISA Petitions for 2017

H-1B VISA PETITIONS FOR 2017. WHAT ARE THEY? CAN I BENEFIT FROM THE PROGRAM?

The H-1B is a non-immigrant visa in the United States under the Immigration and Nationality Act, section 101(a)(15)(H). It allows U.S. employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations.

What does specialty occupation mean? “Specialty occupation” requires highly specialized knowledge in a field of human endeavor, including but not limited to, biotechnology, chemistry, architecture, engineering, mathematics, physical sciences, social sciences, medicine and health, education, law, accounting, business specialties, theology, and the arts, and requiring the attainment of a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent as a minimum.

What about the model who sued Donald Trump for bringing her with an H-1B visa and she claimed she was his slave? Fashion Models can also come with H-1B visas and there is no requirement of a bachelor’s degree but must be “of distinguished merit and ability”.

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