Young Boba Fett Receives United States Citizenship Today

Highly impressed with the USCIS Twitter accounts awareness of Star Wars fandom!



DHS Grants 6 Month Extension of Haitian TPS

Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly announced a six-month extension of TPS for Haitians.

“This six-month extension should allow Haitian TPS recipients living in the United States time to attain travel documents and make other necessary arrangements for their ultimate departure from the United States, and should also provide the Haitian government with the time it needs to prepare for the future repatriation of all current TPS recipients,” Kelly said. “We plan to continue to work closely with the Haitian government, including assisting the government in proactively providing travel documents for its citizens.”

USCIS Reminds Beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone of May 21 Termination | USCIS

USCIS Reminds Beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone of May 21 Termination.

TPS-related Employment Authorization Documents issued under the Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone designations are only valid through May 20, 2017, and will not be renewed or extended.

After reviewing country conditions and consulting with the appropriate U.S. government agencies, former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson determined that conditions in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone no longer support their designations for TPS. The widespread transmission of Ebola virus in the three countries that led to the designations has ended.

Source: USCIS Reminds Beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone of May 21 Termination | USCIS



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USCIS Will Issue Redesigned Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents | USCIS

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a redesign to the Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card) and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD).

The new Green Cards and EADs will:

  • Display the individual’s photos on both sides;
  • Show a unique graphic image and color palette:
    • Green Cards will have an image of the Statue of Liberty and a predominately green palette;
    • EAD cards will have an image of a bald eagle and a predominately red palette;
  • Have embedded holographic images; and
  • No longer display the individual’s signature.

Source: USCIS Will Issue Redesigned Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents | USCIS


Star Wars and Citizenship!

Two of my favorite things!!!

Obteniendo sus huellas digitales

Para chequear su record criminal, tiene que pedirle por F.B.I.

Es facil para obtener una forma, y para hacer sus huellas por NYPD a Police Plaza en Manhattan.


Websitio para la forma:

Y la tarjeta:

NYPD Informacion:

Un abogado se puede ayudarte para mandar las formas y pide su record.


American Dream: Cubs’ Montero Savors U.S. Citizenship

Miguel Montero had help from the Cubs in his studies as he worked to pass the U.S. citizenship test.

During the fourth inning of a rain-soaked 10-2 Cubs loss to the Phillies, the stadium stood for Montero as he was honored on the left-field video board. Montero tipped his cap back to the crowd.

Montero studied hard for the citizenship test, spending his spare time absorbing every bit of U.S. history. He would often toss out questions to teammates, most of whom were left guessing.

But while the Cubs had fun with the process, they were also eager to help Montero reach his goal. John Lackey was among those instrumental in Montero’s studies. Dartmouth product Kyle Hendricks, naturally, knew his history.

For Montero, the test was easy.

“A lot of those guys, they didn’t even know the answer,” Montero said. “For me to be able to answer those questions, it was pretty special.

Source: American Dream: Cubs’ Montero Savors U.S. Citizenship

As a lifelong baseball fan, stories like this are why I became an immigration lawyer.

Felicidades, Miguel y Vanessa!

Also……I can’t help myself here but…..LET’S GO METS!!!!!!!

AILA President: Say It with Me: It Is Not Illegal to Seek Asylum

You arrive at the southern U.S. border. You ask the border officer for help, you say you are afraid. Or, you cross the border and turn yourself in to officials. The moment you request protection, you are an asylum seeker. America’s laws require that you be granted an interview with an asylum officer, in which you will need to show a “credible fear” that the persecution you claim is real. You will need to go through immigration court proceedings, and win your case by bringing forward all the evidence you can compile to show your situation merits asylum.

It is not illegal to seek asylum.

Source: Say It with Me: It Is Not Illegal to Seek Asylum

Written in response to Reuter’s article.

Possible End to TPS for Haitians in United States

From USA Today:

James McCament, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, concluded in a letter last week that conditions in Haiti have improved enough to end “temporary protected status” for Haitians, according to a copy of the letter obtained by USA TODAY.

The Obama administration first offered temporary protection to Haitians following the devastating 2010 earthquake. The protection has been extended several times, the latest set to expire July 22. McCament proposed an extension to January to allow for a “period of orderly transition” but said the program should not be extended beyond then.



Call your lawyer for options, including Advance Parole, Family Petition, Student Visas, etc.

DHS Ending TPS for Multiple African Nations


TPS benefits will no longer be in effect starting May 21, 2017, TPS beneficiaries will continue to hold any other immigration status that they have maintained or acquired while registered for TPS. Individuals with no other lawful immigration status on May 21, 2017, will no longer be protected from removal or eligible for employment authorization based on TPS.


Citizens of the three countries should contact their lawyers immediately!