Is It Time To File An I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residency?

What is the I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residency? The I-751 petition is used by a conditional resident who obtained status through marriage, to request that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) remove the conditions on his or her residence. What is conditional residency? For marriage-based beneficiaries, the length of initial Legal Permanent Residency (LPR) […]

Categories and Questions for Extreme Hardship

Categories and Questions for Extreme Hardship Applicants wanting to become lawful permanent residents who need to request a provisional waiver of the unlawful presence grounds of inadmissibility may be able to use form I-601A, the Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver. FValdezLaw has compiled this deck to provide guidance for writing a declaration as part […]

USCIS reaches cap for 2018 H-1B Visas

USCIS reaches cap for 2018 H-1B Visas On April 7, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that they reached the congressionally mandated 65,000 cap for H-1B Visas for the fiscal year 2018. In addition, USCIS has received “a sufficient number of H-1B petitions” to meet the 20,000 Visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, […]

Ending 287(g) for a safer immigrant community

In 2008, Adrian Garcia became the first Hispanic sheriff in the history of Harris County, Texas.  As sheriff, Garcia proceeded to preside over one of the largest 287(g) programs in the United States.  In June 2016, former Sheriff Ron Hickman renewed Harris County’s participation in 287(g).  After more than a year of organizing, having direct […]

New Travel Ban Halted by Federal Judges

On March 6, 2017, President Trump’s administration issued a new executive order to replace the travel ban that went into effect on January 27, 2017 (and was halted by judicial decision).  The new order was set to into effect on March 16, 2017. This second order contained many of the elements of the first and […]

Be Prepared: Make a Plan

Our hearts ache for the families affected by recent immigration raids. As President Trump’s administration continues to roll out its expanded deportation priorities, we encourage everyone to remain calm while also planning for the future. You should take steps to be prepared for any eventuality: Consider meeting with an immigration attorney or accredited BIA representative […]