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On Friday, July 19, 2024, the Department of Homeland Security announced that they were extending the designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for the country of Somalia for 18 months, beginning on September 18, 2024 and ending on March 17, 2026! Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas stated, “Armed conflict and widespread insecurity have harmed and displaced civilians in Somalia for years, exacerbated today by the ravages of famine, disease, and extreme weather,”.

For further details please review the DHS Press Release, “Secretary Mayorkas Extends and Redesignates Somalia for Temporary Protected Status for 18 Months“.

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On June 18th, President Biden announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will take action to ensure that U.S. citizens with noncitizen spouses and children can keep their families together, using Parole in Place. They will begin accepting applications on August 19th and this will allow certain noncitizen spouses of U.S. citizens and their children to apply for lawful permanent residence. They are already eligible to apply for lawful permanent residence but would have to leave the United States to do so. Using Parole in Place, they would not have to return to their country of origin. 

On July 17th, USCIS released a News Alert, “Reminders on the Process to Promote the Unity and Stability of Families“.This News Alert contains details about: Eligibility, a Timeline, What You Can Do Now listing and warning about SCAMS! Please review it for the latest information! 

 
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UPDATE: Explore American Immigration Council’ interactive map to get more comprehensive information on U.S. immigration data and its impact!

The American Immigration Council (AIC) has released all fifty states and the District of Columbia, for a total of fifty-one updated state-by-state fact sheets highlighting immigration data and facts. These fact sheets highlight the demographic and economic impact of Immigrants in each state.

With national immigration policy being discussed, we thought that it would be a good time to provide some statistics on the Immigrant population in the United States as provided by this AIC research. Once a week we will be posting a blog with information on three states at a time. This week we will highlight; Connecticut, Delaware and District of Columbia!

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1) What are the requirements for an E3 Australian VisaThe E3 Australian visa is a specialty occupation nonimmigrant visa that requires: (1) that you are a national of Australia; (2) you have a legitimate offer of employment by a U.S. employer; (3) the position offered is a specialty occupation (requiring at least the attainment of a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in a specific specialty; and (4) you have the necessary academic or other qualifying credentials to fill the position. 

 
2) What is the process for obtaining an E3 Australian VisaIf you are outside of the United States applying from Australia, you would petition the Consulate directly. You would need proof of the legitimate job offer, a letter of support from the U.S. employer, a certified Labor Condition Application (LCA) from the Department of Labor (DOL), and your academic or other qualifying credential documentation available for review. Once all of these items are gathered, you would proceed with scheduling an E3 nonimmigrant visa appointment by completing Form DS-160 and submitting it to the Department of State (DOS), along with all requested documentation to establish eligibility. You would then appear for your interview at the scheduled date and time. If successful, your E3 visa will be issued and placed in your passport. 

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On Tuesday, July 16th, the USCIS issued policy guidance on some new provisions in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). These provisions cover the consequences for noncompliance with the EB-5 Regional Center program, such as sanctions, terminations, debarments and suspensions! 

For further details please review the USCIS News Alert, “New Policy Guidance on Noncompliance with EB-5 Regional Center Program“. 

 
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We wanted to find a new way to engage our reader base. Every other Friday, we will post the ten (10) best/most frequently asked questions received during the week from our h1bvisalawyerblog, Facebook, and Twitter readers. We will answer those questions and provide the Q&A on our H-1B Visa Lawyer Blog.

If you have a burning question, are seeking assistance with a difficult immigration related case, wish to discuss your views on Comprehensive Immigration Reform, DREAMers, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, priority dates, the monthly visa bulletin, adjustment applications, etc., please contact us by submitting your question/comment/viewpoint in our comment box provided on our H-1B Visa Lawyer Blog.

Our next “Q & A Forum” will take place this Friday, July 19, 2024. Act now and submit your questions!

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This is a very interesting Factsheet, Eligible to Naturalize Factsheet: Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY , published by USCIS using Office of Homeland Security Statistics data from June 5, 2024! This well put together Factsheet provides information on selected characteristics of people with Lawful Permanent Residence (LPR) status in the Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY area. There are 21,120 (Green Card holders) in this area of the country that are eligible to be naturalized U.S. citizen after meeting the requirements! 

For more information, please review the USCIS Factsheet, “Eligible to Naturalize Factsheet: Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY“! 

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On Monday, July 8, 2024, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that they were extending the designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for the country of Yemen for 18 months, beginning on September 4, 2024 and ending on March 3, 2026! The announcement states that TPS would be given to due to conditions in the country Yemen that prevent individuals from safely returning! Secretary of DHS, Alejandro Mayorkas stated, “The steps the Department of Homeland Security has taken today will allow certain Yemenis currently residing in the United States to remain and work here until conditions in their home country improve.”!

For further details please review the DHS Press Release, “Secretary Mayorkas Announces Extension and Redesignation of Yemen for Temporary Protected Status

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