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DHS Includes Chile in Visa Waiver Program

Visa Waiver

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson recently announced that Chile will now be included in the list of countries on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Now, Chilean citizens who have been approved through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)...


Overcoming Common Hurdles in VAWA Applications

VAWA

The “VAWA self-petition” is the shorthand term used by immigration practitioners to refer to an immigration status that is available to undocumented individuals who have been victims of domestic abuse at the hands of a United States Citizen or Lawful Permanent...


Mandatory Detention — A Major Risk for Non-Citizens in the Fourth Circuit

U Visa

By Immigration Attorney April Cockerham Feb. 21,2014 Immigration attorneys who deal in removal defense know that for the past decade the issue of mandatory detention has been one of the most difficult aspects of representing noncitizens. Mandatory detention, a federal...


$25 Million Fund for “DREAMers” Scholarships Announced

Scholarship

Amid the disheartening new developments about House Speaker Boehner and the GOP’s continued unwillingness to tackle immigration reform, there has been one piece of good news for the immigrant community. Recently, the website “thedream.us” announced that it had raised $25...


DC Immigration Attorney: DOL Audit Criteria for PERM/Green Card Process

Green Card

In response to a recent FOIA request, the Department of Labor has released an internal memo which outlines the eight criteria used to determine which PERM cases will be flagged for audits, and subject to the possibility of supervised recruitment. After...