All posts by Suzanne Murphy

Attorney General Revives Viability of Domestic Violence Asylum Claims

Today Attorney General Merrick Garland reversed a decision of the Trump Administration’s Justice Department bringing back the ability for victims of domestic violence in their own countries to seek asylum in the United States.

In a short 3 page decision, AG Garland vacated Matter of A-B- I and Matter of A-B- II and encouraged immigration judges and the Board of Immigration Appeals to follow Matter of A-R-C-G-, an August 26, 2014 decision.

The new decision is here:

The 2014 A-R-C-G- decision is here:

Central American Minors Program Expansion

On June 15, 2021 the Biden Administration announced an expansion of the CAM (Central American Minors) Program.

Parents and legal guardians in the United States can apply to bring their children into the United States if the parents or legal guardians are in the following categories: lawful permanent residence; temporary protected status; parole; deferred action; deferred enforced departure; or withholding of removal; are have filed an asylum application or U-visa before May 15, 2021.

For more information click on the link below.

Venezuela Granted TPS

Secretary Mayorkas today designated Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status for 18 months through September 9, 2022.  It goes into effect on March 9, 2021.  There is a 180 day registration period beginning March 9, 2021 and ending September 5, 2021.  Successful applicants must prove continuous presence since March 8, 2021.

H-1B Lottery Starts March 9

USCIS will begin accepting H-1B electronic registrations beginning March 9, 2021 from employers.  The registration period closes on March 25.  Those employers selected will be notified electronically by March 31.  This selection process will be a random draw – not based on highest wages offered.

Employers wishing to file H-1B applications on April 1, 2021 must participate in this electronic registration process.