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Fri, Apr 20, 2018

ASYLUM INTERVIEWS

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Finally, the Los Angeles Asylum Office has started to work on pending asylum cases.   The LA office is currently adjudcating cases that has been filed during the year 2013.  They anticipate to clear the backlog very soon.  Also, your fingerprints are now being refreshed by Department of Homeland Security prior to your interview and/or the adjudcation of your case.  Good luck. 

Another Blow to Trump's Travel Ban

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The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, upholds injunction of President's executive order targetting six Muslims countries.  

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Trump’s New Travel Ban Blocks Migrants From Six Nations, Sparing Iraq

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President Trump signed an executive order on Monday blocking citizens of six predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States, the most significant hardening of immigration policy in generations, even with changes intended to blunt legal and political opposition.

The order was revised to avoid the tumult and protests that engulfed the nation’s airports after Mr. Trump signed his first immigration directive on Jan. 27. That order was ultimately blocked by a federal appeals court.

The new order continued to impose a 90-day ban on travelers, from six countries are: Iran, Yemen, Libya, Syria, Somalia, and Sudan, but removed Iraq.  

It also exempts permanent residents and current visa holders, and drops language offering preferential status to persecuted religious minorities, a provision widely interpreted as favoring other religious groups over Muslims. In addition, it reversed an indefinite ban on refugees from Syria, replacing it with a 120-day freeze that requires review and renewal.

Are this week’s ICE raids ‘routine’ or a Trump-driven escalation

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Federal agents arrested hundreds of immigrants without legal status in at least six states this week in “the first large-scale enforcement of President Trump’s Jan. 26 order to crack down on the estimated 11 million immigrants living here illegally,” the Washington Post is reporting.

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Federal judge in Hawaii blocks revised Trump travel ban

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A federal judge in Hawaii blocked President Donald Trump’s new travel ban on Wednesday afternoon, hours before the ban was set to go into effect. The ruling — which applies nationwide — means that travelers from six Muslim-majority countries and refugees will be able to travel to the US.

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New Executive Order re Travel Ban can come as early as Monday

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President Trump intends to re write an executive order that would ban several nationals from 7 countries from coming into the United States.  This new executive order could come as early as Monday.  Please stay tune for further information.  

Asylum Office Scheduling

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Good news!!! The Asylum office in Los Angeles is scheduling many of its pending cases.   The Asylum office has been calling all applicants at the StandBy List.  Please ensure to be available with your interpreter, attorney and all your documentation, if called to appear for the interview.  

Asylum Office Scheduling

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Due to the large number of asylum seekers in the US, asylum offices have been flooded with thousands of cases that remain unadjudicated due to the lack of manpower.  Currently, the Los Angeles Asylum Office has over 35,000 cases that are pending with no interview.  The Los Angeles Asylum Office is currently adjudcating cases that have been filed in 2011. An asylum seeker is expected to wait more than 2 years before his or her is adjudicated.  During the pendency of this application, an asylum seeker is eligible and can apply to obtain his work authorization after 150 days from the receipt of his asylum application.   

H1B Premuim Processing is being Halted

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The US suspended the expedited processing of H1B visa commencing April 3, 2017.  An H1B applicant, now, cannot expedite the processing by paying premuim processing of $1,225 fee with the Service, and must wait for 6 to 9 months to have his case adjudicated.  The USCIS explained its decision by the necessity to work through the backlong of long pending petition.  This suspension may last up to 6 months.  

 

Abuse of Public Benefits could lead to Initiation of Removal Proceedings

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One of the Enforcement Priorities under the Trump Presidency is the abuse of the public benefits.  If you take welfare such as food stamps, housing, cash aid or Me-dical and you are not eligible as either a US citizen, an LPR, a legal alien, a child under the age of 19, you could be an enforcement priority which means DHS could initiate removal proceedings against you.  To avoid so, please ensure that you are eligible for such benefits before receiving any welfare from the State that you live in.  

Helpful U.S. Immigration Links

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Here you will find many helpful links to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Citizenship & Immigration Services.