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Deportations Halted for 100 Days !

Yesterday, January 20, 2021, President Joe Biden’s Administration issued a 100 day moratorium on most deportations beginning on January 22.

A Memorandum from the Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security directed an immediate pause on deportations for persons with final orders of removal except for persons; suspected of engaging in terrorism or spying; or who were not physically present in the US before November 1, 2020; or who voluntarily waived all rights to remain in the US.

 

Free DACA Consultations

The Original DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is still running and recently a federal court ordered the government to accept new first time applications.  The Murphy Law Firm, located in West Chester, Pennsylvania, has been handling DACA applications since the program began in 2012.  The firm has represented numerous families and students in Chester County and all over the mid-Atlantic region since 2008.

If any of your students are interested or think they may be eligible for DACA, the firm’s founding attorney, Mr. Murphy, and Attorney Kaley Miller-Schaeffer are offering free legal consultations to help students determine eligibility for DACA and other new programs that become available over the next several months. All they have to do is provide us with a student ID to qualify for a free consultation.

Call 610-436-7555 and ask for a DACA consultation.

 

DHS will now allow Work Permits for H-4 Dependent Spouses of H-1B Nonimmigrants

On February 24, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that, starting May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is allowing some spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants to obtain employment authorization. DHS made changes to the existing regulation to allow spouses to accept employment in the United States. These changes are part of the immigration executive actions President Obama announced in November 2014 intended to help the U.S. economy and create jobs.

You are eligible for work authorization if:

  • You have an H-4 Visa for dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants,
  • Your spouse is a principal beneficiaries of an approved I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien,
  • Your spouse has been granted H-1B status and is seeking lawful permanent residence to work and remain in the United States beyond the six-year limit on their H-1B status.

The change to this rule will make U.S. immigration policies more inline with policies of other countries that compete with the U.S. to attract highly skilled workers. Please contact Murphy Law Firm if you would like to discuss how you can obtain work authorization with H-4 status.

U-Visa Cap Reached for Fiscal Year 2015

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that they have reached the statutory maximum approval of 10,000 U-Visas (U-1 Nonimmigrant Status) for the 2015 fiscal year which started on October 1, 2014. There were so many applicants on the waiting list that the 10,000 cap was reached very quickly. Approval of U-Visa applications will not resume until Fiscal year 2016 which begins on October 1, 2015.

Family members who have been included on applications as derivatives do not fall into the 10,000 limit so if the primary U-Visa application has been approved, derivative application can still go forward for approval.

While the 10,000 cap for the 2015 fiscal year has already been reached, you may still submit an application for a U-Visa. USCIS will continue reviewing applications. If found eligible, you will be added to the wait list and there may be options available to you while your application is pending. Eligible applicants and qualifying family members must continue to meet eligibility requirements at the time the U-Visa is issued.

Each year, 10,000 U-Visas are available have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse as a result of having been a victim of criminal activity and who cooperate with law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of the crime.

Murphy Law Firm can help you with your U Visa application. If you have been a victim of crime and think you may qualify, schedule a consultation to see how we can help.