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Stephen K. Tills, Attorney at LAW

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Change in regulation is intended to discourage short-term visitors from obtaining Green cards through marriage to a U.S.C.

In September, 2017, the Trump administration issued a new regulation in the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) that discourages foreign nationals who intend to marry U.S. citizens from entering the U.S. as visitors.   This provision increases the time period before which visitors can marry without it resulting in a presumption of misrepresentation at entry. (The …

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A.G. announces end to DACA program

DACA:  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Deferred Action is not a permanent lawful status in the U.S., only temporary.The Action being deferred is deportation. It is not Lawful Permanent Resident (green card) status, and thus it does not offer a path to citizenship. Renewals accepted for additional 6 months Those seeking to renew their DACA …

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Trump Implements Increased Vetting of Visa Applicants

The Trump administration has enhanced the screening of Visa applicants in 3 recent measures.  These actions support the campaign promise use extreme vetting of visa applicants. First,  the recent program of expedited visas for certain non-immigrants has been cancelled.  Second,  DOS has added a new form form, DS-5535, Supplemental Questions for Visa Applicants,   which standardizes the collection …

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The DAPA amnesty provision is dropped by Trump administration.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) 2017 The Obama Administration’s Executive Action known as  Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (“DAPA”) has been eliminated by the Trump administration.  But recall that the proposed program was halted by a Federal Judge in Texas in 2015, and was never implemented. That leaves the original …

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Immigration Courts embrace Trump’s New Immigration Policies.

It is becoming obvious to us that the Immigration Courts have changed policies following the issuance of the DHS Enforcement Memos. No changes have been announced by the federal agency, EOIR, in charge of the conduct of Immigration Courts, but the change is evident. All those with cases before the Immigration Judge should be aware …

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A.G. Sessions announces an end to “Catch and Release”. For those of us legal practitioners, we’ve known about it for weeks!

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that U.S. Immigration enforcement agencies will stop the practice of releasing those aliens found inadmissible at the border.  Currently,  aliens who approach the border, “arriving aliens”, are eligible to be released under the supervision (Parole) of the Department of Homeland Security.  Parole is authorized under the Immigration Act in certain …

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DHS Establishes New Enforcement Policies

The Trump administration has issued new enforcement guidelines following the Executive Order, parts of which were stayed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  The two DHS memos dated February 20, 2017,  separately address Immigration enforcement at the Border, and Enforcement priorities in the Interior. They are meant to implement the Executive Orders issued by …

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Roll-out of the Trump Immigration E.O.s

Trump’s Immigration Executive Order (EO ) Sends Shock Waves. Of the 8 policy changes made on Friday, the 2 causing the most confusion were the suspension of Visas from Nationals of the 7 primarily muslim countries, and the 90 day pause on refugee admissions.  After the announcement, Winning?   Yyyeee … No.  The roll-out of …

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Obama Ends the Cuban Parole Policy

For nearly thirty years Cuban nationals have been the beneficiary of an exclusive parole policy, known as the “wet foot / dry foot” rule. That rule provided that if a Cuban reaches the shore of the U.S., and requests to stay, they will be paroled into the U.S..  After one year of physical presence, they …

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The new electronic I-94

U.S. Customs & Border Protection announced this week (Dec.20, 2016)  that they will be issuing electronic I-94 cards to visitors rather than paper forms going forward.  An I-94 form is needed by all persons except U.S. Citizens, returning resident aliens, aliens with immigrant visas, and most Canadian citizens visiting or in transit. Air and Sea …

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