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DACA Renewals

For those who have enrolled in the  DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) Program, the Secretary of Homeland Security is encouraging applying for renewal 4 (four) months prior to the date of expiration of your enrollment.  See the article from the USCIS website: http://www.uscis.gov/news/secretary-johnson-announces-process-daca-renewal

TPS Extended for Haitian Nationals

The uscis.gov website states that the Department of Homeland Security has extended TPS (Temporary Protected Status) for 18 months for Haitian nationals.  Follow this link to read the complete article: http://www.uscis.gov/news/temporary-protected-status-extended-haitians-0

For those in the central Flroida area

Saint Petersburg College is hosting a forum discussion on the history and current status of immigration in the US.  See the flyer below for details.
 

USCIS has updated its "Frequently Asked Questions" regarding same-sex couples

USCIS has updated its "Frequently Asked Questions" section on how it will review petitions, benefits, etc., for same-sex spouses and fiancè(e)s.  Follow the link to see the updates: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b9ac89243c6a7543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=2543215c310af310VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD&vgnextchannel=2543215c310af310VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD

Immigration Benefits for Same-Sex Couples

In light of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to strike down the provision of DOMA which denied federal benefits to same-sex couples, married same-sex couples can now apply for immigration benefits such as green cards, citizenship, etc.  Although some U.S. states still fail to acknowledge same-sex marriage, the couples are still eligible for federal benefits.  Read the Department of Homeland's Statement on their implementation of this decision onwww.uscis.gov.  Also read this story about a married same-sex couple that had the immigrant spouse's greencard application approved since the Supreme Court decision:

The Ongoing Work to Make Immigration Reform a Reality in the US

The Senate passed an immigration deal, and now the House of Representatives is debating whether to modify the Senate bill, or to create their own plan.  In the meantime, several immigrants, undocumented as well as documented, await to see how their lives will be affected, and how long this process will take.  I have had several inquiries regarding the immigration reform.  Unfortunately, I have  had to explain that there is no way to know how long this process could take.  Let me know what immigration reform would mean to your life. 

What Will an Immigration Deal Between the Democrats and Republicans Look Like

Since the November 6th election, there has been great attention brought to the issue of finally making a deal on immigration.  I'm curious to hear what your suggestions to your representatives would be for a comprehensive immigration deal.  Feel free to submit your ideas, and discuss how you think they would improve the immigration process as well as benefit the U.S.

The World is Watching Egypt's President Morsi's Democratic Processes

Last week it was widely reported that Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi was an essential element in brokering a cease-fire between Gaza and Israel.  Yet within days of that victory and display of diplomacy, President Morsi was reported to take an unprecedented grab for power by making a number of decrees that would go directly against the concept of a "democratic" government.  One of the most troubling decrees was that there would be no judicial review of his decisions until a new Parliament was elected.

Haitian Nationals Reminded to Re-Register for TPS Status

Haitian nationals that are currently eligible for TPS (Temorary Protected Status) are reminded to re-register before the November 30, 2012 deadline.
 
Please refer to the USCIS link below for further information and guidance on this issue:
 

Ongoing Human Tragedy in Syria

CNN reports on a "Street of Death" in Syria, which is a highway where mass killings have been occuring for several months, resulting in a ghost town.  Besides the reported killings, there have been reports by Human Rights Watch of several detention centers throughout Syria where prisoners are being tortured.
 
 
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