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DHS Announcement re Public Charge Rule (March 9, 2021)

  • By: Department of Homeland Security
  • Date: 03/10/21

Today, DHS Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced that the government will no longer defend the 2019 public charge rule as doing so is neither in the public interest nor an efficient use of limited government resources.

Venezuelan TPS Community Flyer (Spanish)

  • By: Legal Aid Society
  • Date: 03/09/21

The TPS guidelines in Spanish.

Venezuelan TPS Advisory

  • By: Legal Aid Society
  • Date: 03/09/21

A community education flyer on TPS eligibility.

In Spanish.

Introduction to Immigration Options (March 2021)

  • By: HIAS PA
  • Date: 03/09/21

A PowerPoint overview on eligibility for common immigration options. 

Venezuelan TPS / DED (3/8/21)

  • By: Department of Homeland Security
  • Date: 03/08/21

Designates Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, effective March 9, 2021, through September 9, 2022 & provides application procedures. This notice also provides information about how Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for eligible Venezuelan nationals (and persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Venezuela) can get an EAD and implements DED for Venezuelan nationals for 18 months, through July 20, 2022 (see 86 FR 6845, dated January 25, 2021).

Children’s Asylum Manual: A Resource for Practitioners

  • By: Center for Gender and Refugee Studies
  • Date: 03/04/21

This manual replaces the 2016 manual and contains four chapters:

  • Chapter One covers select procedural issues related to children’s asylum claims;
  • Chapter Two provides a brief overview of asylum and relevant resources for child-sensitive analyses;
  • Chapter Three, the core of the manual, delves into the substantive legal standards that govern asylum generally and children’s claims in particular, including relevant case law, legal theories, and evidence; and
  • Chapter Four provides a brief overview of withholding of removal and CAT protection and flags other forms of relief to consider.

The manual also provides appendices, including an evidentiary checklist; a chart of successful particular social group formulations in children’s claims; a comparison chart on asylum, statutory withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture; a quick reference chart on applicable bars; and a link to sample materials in a child asylum case in immigration court proceedings. 

Request the manual in the link below. 

Higher Education Immigration Portal

  • By: The Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration
  • Date: 03/04/21

"A one-stop digital resource with easily navigable state and federal data and information about DACA, undocumented, other immigrant, international, and refugee students, related policies, and best practices."

Watch Out: ICE Might be Tracking your Car

  • By: Immigrant Defense Project
  • Date: 03/04/21

A new community resource on automated license plate readers (ALPRs), on the IDP's KYR page. The resource explains how ICE uses license plates to track individuals and has a KYR section about what to do if ICE stops someone in a car. Spanish is forthcoming. Please share widely!

T Visa Survey (10 minutes)

  • By: Immigrants' Rights and Human Trafficking Program, Boston University School of Law
  • Date: 03/04/21

This is a short and important survey of legal practitioners (lawyers and DOJ accredited representatives) who assist immigrant survivors of trafficking in applying for T-1 visas. The survey should take less than ten minutes of your. Please feel free to distribute to any attorneys working with immigrant survivors of trafficking.

This research is motivated by the underutilization of T-1 visas as confirmed by a recent Congressional Report. T-1 visas, as you know, are an important tool for the protection of immigrant survivors of trafficking. This project is a collaboration with Heba Gowayed, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boston University.

Adult Adoptees and US Citizenship

  • By: USCIS
  • Date: 03/04/21

This page provides information to foreign-born adults in the United States who were adopted as children and have questions about their U.S. citizenship.

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