TPS Extended for El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Nepal, Haiti and Sudan

On Nov. 10, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the continuation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and certain related documents for beneficiaries under the TPS designations that remain subject to the court orders in the Ramos et al. v. Nielsen and Bhattarai et al. v. Nielsen et al. lawsuits. TPS beneficiaries under the designations for El Salvador, Honduras, […]

ACICS Loss of Recognition May Affect Certain Students Applying for English Language Study and 24-month STEM OPT Extension Programs, H-1B, and I-140 Applicants

On Aug. 19, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced that it no longer recognizes the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) as an accrediting agency. This determination immediately affects two immigration-related student programs: English language study programs, as the programs are required to be accredited under the Accreditation of English Language Training Programs Act; and […]

DHS Designates Ethiopia for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 Months

Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the designation of Ethiopia for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. Only individuals who are already residing in the United States as of October 20, 2022 will be eligible for TPS. “The United States recognizes the ongoing armed conflict and the extraordinary and temporary conditions engulfing […]

New Program Announced by DHS for Venezuelans

On Oct. 12, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a safe and lawful way for qualifying Venezuelans with supporters to travel by air to the United States, temporarily reside in the United States, and apply for work authorization. To be eligible, Venezuelans must: Have a supporter in the United States who will provide financial […]

Important Update on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

On Oct. 5, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued a decision on the 2012 Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) policy. The court partially affirmed the district court’s July 2021 decision declaring the 2012 DACA policy unlawful. However, the court of appeals preserved the partial stay issued by the district court […]

Extension of Temporary Waiver of 60-Day Rule for Civil Surgeon Signatures on Form I-693

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced it is extending its temporary waiver of the requirement that civil surgeons must sign Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, no more than 60 days before an individual applies for the underlying immigration benefit (including Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status). The […]

Visa Bulletin for October 2022 released by U.S. Dept. of State

The U.S. Department of State released the October 2022 Visa Bulletin showing filing dates and final action dates for all family-based and employment-based immigration categories. Contact the Law Offices of Mark A. Urbanski PLLC to discuss sponsorship of a family member or employee or for help in understanding priority dates and the Visa Bulletin. Back […]

USCIS Extends Green Card Validity Extension to 24 Months for Green Card Renewals

Effective Sept. 26, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is automatically extending the validity of Permanent Resident Cards (also known as Green Cards) to 24 months for lawful permanent residents who file Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card. Lawful permanent residents who properly file Form I-90 to renew an expiring or expired Green […]

Burma Redesignated for Temporary Protected Status

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced an extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Burma for an additional 18 months, from Nov. 26, 2022, through May 25, 2024, due to extraordinary and temporary conditions in Burma that prevent individuals from safely returning. In addition, DHS announced a redesignation of Burma for TPS for the […]