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International Entrepreneur Parole (IEP): Explained

Several countries—such as Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia—have start-up visa programs in place. Through these programs, an entrepreneur who satisfies certain conditions can obtain conditional residence. Unfortunately, the United States does not have an official startup visa program. The Startup Visa Act of 2011 would have created one, but it stalled in Congress. That …

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Migration Policy Institute: Less than Half of People Eligible for DACA Actually Have It

Within the first 100 days, the Biden Administration has taken executive action to restore and protect DACA. Yet, a significant share of the people who are eligible for DACA are still outside of the program. According to a report from the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), slightly less than half of the eligible population actually has …

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LA Times Report: Long Beach, CA Answers the Biden Administration Call to Provide Shelter to Migrant Children

According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia has answered the Biden Administration’s call to provide local support for vulnerable migrants. Himself an immigrant from Peru, Mayor Garcia is moving forward with a plan to house up to 1,000 vulnerable migrant children at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment …

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Three Tips to Avoid Visa Delays (And How to Get Your Visa Out of Administrative Processing)

Unfortunately, the U.S. immigration process can move slowly. In some cases, visa applications are stuck processing for months, or even longer. One of the most common questions that people have for an immigration attorney is: How can I expedite my visa application? In this article, our Los Angeles visa delay attorneys offer three tips to …

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President Biden Selects Two Vocal Trump Administration Critics to Lead Immigration Agencies

On April 12th, 2021, President Biden announced his selections for two key immigration positions, the head of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the head of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). According to reporting from The Hill, President Biden has selected Chris Magnus for CHP and Ur Jaddou for USCIS—both vocal critics of …

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New York Creates $2.1 Billion COVID-19 Relief Fund for Undocumented Workers—Could California Be Next?

According to a report from The New York Times, the State of New York recently announced the creation of a $2.1 billion fund to support undocumented workers who lost wages due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. A first-of-its-kind state program, the New York fund offers considerable promise for supporting people who need financial assistance. …

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Public Opinion Poll Shows Strong Support for Extending State Health Benefits to Undocumented Immigrants

According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, a new public opinion poll shows that California voters are in favor of the state expanding health coverage and medical benefits to undocumented adults. Recently introduced by a group of lawmakers in Sacramento, Assembly Bill 4 (AB 4) would allow all low-income adults to enroll in …

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With Key Case Looming in a Texas Court, Department of Homeland Security Moves to “Preserve and Fortify” DACA

According to a report from CBS News, the Biden Administration is safeguarding DACA. Citing an Executive Order from the president, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has issued a proposed rule that will help to “preserve and fortify” DACA. Notably, a Texas court is expected to release an important decision in a DACA …

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Immigration Rights Advocates in Massachusetts Raise Concerns About Fair and Equitable COVID-19 Vaccine Access

According to a report from Boston 25 News, two undocumented immigrants were denied access to the COVID-19 vaccine based solely on their immigration status at an undisclosed Rite-Aid location in Southern California. The company has since apologized for the unfair and inequitable denial of vaccines. At the same time, immigrant rights activists are raising concerns …

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House of Representatives Passes Immigration Bill Aimed at Helping ‘Dreamers’

According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, the House of Representatives passed a bill designed to provide additional protections to Dreamers—including a path to citizenship. The bill was approved by a 228 to 197 vote, with 9 Republicans joining the Democratic majority. Here, our Los Angeles DACA attorney explains what is in the …

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Bipartisan Legislators Reintroduce Farm Workforce Modernization Act; Supported by California Farm Bureau

According to a report from Lake Coast News, representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-California) and Dan Newhouse (R-Washington) have reintroduced the Farm Workforce Modernization Act. The bill, which previously passed in the House of Representatives before stalling in the U.S. Senate, seeks to reform the country’s agricultural immigration system. In this article, our immigration law attorney provides …

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I Have a Two Year Conditional Green Card: What Will a Divorce Mean for My Immigration Status?

Divorce is a part of life for many people. The American Psychological Association (APA) estimates that between 40 and 50 percent of U.S. marriages end in a separation. If you immigrated to the U.S. through a spouse and you possess a two year conditional green card, you probably want to know: How will a divorce …

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Biden Administration Tells Supreme Court it is Dropping Defense of President Trump’s Public Charge Rule

According to reporting from NBC News, the Biden Administration informed the Supreme Court that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is dropping its defense of the former President Trump’s so-called ‘Public Charge’ rule. With consent of the parties, the nation’s highest court dismissed the upcoming case on the matter. In this article, our immigration attorney explains …

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Renewing DACA? Four Tips to Help You Avoid Problems

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was created as part of an executive order signed by President Barack Obama in 2012. When granted, DACA provides deferred action, including protection against deportation and access to a work permit. You must renew DACA to keep legal protections. Here, our  DACA renewal attorney offers four tips …

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President Biden Revoked Proclamation 10014 (The Trump Visa Ban)

On February 24th, 2021, President Joe Biden issued A Proclamation on Revoking Proclamation 10014. Effectively immediately, the wide-reaching visa ban put into place by the Trump Administration is no more. This is great news for many people who have been waiting on the approval of their immigration visa. Here, our Los Angeles immigration law attorney …

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Proposed California Bill Would Extend Food Assistance to Undocumented Immigrants

According to a report from The Sacramento Bee, a California state lawmaker has introduced legislation (Senate Bill 464) aimed at expanding food assistance benefits to undocumented immigrants and others who are currently ineligible for support based solely on their immigration status. In this article, our Los Angeles immigration advocates highlight three of the most important …

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LA Times Op-Ed: Hard Hit ICE Detention Facilities are Being Left Behind in COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

On February 15th, 2021, the Los Angeles Times published an important op-ed from Bill Ong Hing, a professional of law at the University of San Francisco, and Hamid Yazdan Panah, an advocacy director for Immigration Defense Advocates, an organization focused on ending the policies that detain and dehumanize people in immigrant communities. They raise an …

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Biden Administration Prepares Rollback of ‘Remain and Mexico’ Policy, Set to Begin Processing Asylum Applications

According to a new report from the Los Angeles Times, the Biden Administration is planning to start processing the application of asylum seekers who were forced to ‘remain in Mexico’ under rules and regulations put in place by President Trump. In doing so, the administration will allow thousands of migrants who have been stuck waiting …

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Biden Administration Set to Release New Guidelines for ICE that Could Reduce Arrests and Deportations

According to a report from The Texas Tribune, President Biden is set to unveil new guidelines for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents that reorient the agency’s policies away from harsh and aggressive immigration enforcement. Here, our Los Angeles deportation defense attorney explains the most important things you should know about the Biden Administration’s …

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