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US IMMIGRATION NOTES
USCIS issues guidance on COVID resurgence
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - August 1, 2021 - 12:00am
As the US is now experiencing a surge of new COVID-19 cases brought about by new strains, particularly the Delta strain, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued its latest guidance on how it handles...
New Policy for F1 Applicants in the US
by Atty Marco F.G. Tomakin - July 25, 2021 - 12:00am
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services recently announced a new policy that pertains to non-immigrants who wish to study in the US but have to apply for a change of status as they entered into the US under a...
DACA endangered again
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - July 18, 2021 - 12:00am
Last Friday, a federal judge in Texas has ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA is illegal and that future applications cannot be filed.
The immigrant student going to college
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - July 11, 2021 - 12:00am
At this time, almost all senior high school students have already graduated.
Happy birthday, USA!
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - July 4, 2021 - 12:00am
Today, the United States of America marks its 245th Independence Day which celebrates the approval of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 making the USA an independent country.
USCIS re-extends responses to RFE, notice of appeal, etc.
by Atty Marco F.G. Tomakin - June 27, 2021 - 12:00am
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, on June 24, 2021, USCIS issued an extension to the flexibilities it previously announced on March 30, 2020 regarding the submission of responses to Requests for Evidence.
USCIS issues updated guidance on naturalization for veterans living overseas
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - June 20, 2021 - 12:00am
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued an updated guidance providing clarification regarding certain naturalization applications filed by veterans of the US Armed Forces.
US Supreme Court rules against immigrants under temporary protected status
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - June 13, 2021 - 12:00am
The US Supreme Court issued a ruling that bars immigrants who are physically present in the US because of humanitarian reasons to be eligible to become permanent residents.
Biden relaxes rules on prosecutorial discretion
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - June 6, 2021 - 12:00am
In another big win for immigrants, the Biden administration has relaxed its rules on pursuing deportation cases as it grants more flexibility for ICE attorneys in deciding whether cases are to be dropped or mai...
Memorial day in the USA
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - May 30, 2021 - 12:00am
Tomorrow, May 31, is Memorial Day, a federal holiday in the USA for honoring the members of the United States Armed Forces who died in the performance of their duties.
Campaign in poetry, govern in prose
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - May 23, 2021 - 12:00am
Former New York governor Mario Cuomo once famously said "campaign in poetry, govern in prose."
President Biden revokes trump's healthcare insurance proclamation
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - May 16, 2021 - 12:00am
On May 14, 2021, President Biden issued an executive proclamation that revokes Presidential Proclamation 9945 issued on October 4, 2019 by then President Trump which suspended the entry of immigrants who would financially...
Happy International Nurses Day!
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - May 9, 2021 - 12:00am
May is a month of so many feasts and celebrations. It is also a month when a day is reserved to celebrate the heroism, grace, and fortitude of our nurses.
US Supreme Court issues interesting ruling to favor immigrants
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - May 2, 2021 - 12:00am
The US Supreme Court issued a very interesting decision last Thursday that could dramatically affect immigrants presently in removal or deportation proceedings, and how the government, in the future will issue a...
Helping fellow immigrants
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - April 18, 2021 - 12:00am
This week a client shared her sad immigration journey.
It's tax time!
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - April 11, 2021 - 12:00am
Benjamin Franklin, in a 1789 letter to French scientist Jean Baptiste Leroy said, there are only two certainties in life death and taxes.
Two faces of reversing trump's policies
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - April 4, 2021 - 12:00am
During the presidential campaign, Mr. Biden made a strong push that on Day 1 he will sign an executive order reversing all of Mr. Trump's immigration polices.
Stimulus payments and the undocumented immigrant
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - March 28, 2021 - 12:00am
One of the topmost priorities of the Biden administration is the amelioration of the hardships that Americans continue to suffer due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Biden denounces “skyrocketing” violence against Asian-Americans
by Atty Marco F.G. Tomakin - March 21, 2021 - 12:00am
Last Friday, I attended a hastily-arranged conference call spearheaded by the US Department of Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.
Biden rescinds Trump’s public charge rule
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - March 14, 2021 - 12:00am
This week I got a call from a client who was worried that we received a Request for Evidence from the USCIS advising us to submit Form I- 944, Declaration of Self Sufficiency.
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