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July 2020 Archives

US immigration law -- changes to DACA

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals -- DACA -- has helped immigrants in Louisiana who were brought to the United States as children without documentation. Those who apply for protection and are approved can get work permits, attend school and more. However, the Department of Homeland Security recently announced certain changes to this part of U.S. immigration law.

US immigration law and criminal convictions

Being arrested is an overwhelming experience. Like other people who have faced criminal allegations in Louisiana, you are probably worried about your future. However, you have an added concern -- your immigration status. Your legal status in the United States can be revoked if you are convicted of a crime. Here are a few things you will need to understand about criminal convictions and U.S. immigration law.

Immigration policy causes uncertainty for international students

International students studying at universities in Louisiana were recently faced with a troubling situation regarding their statuses in the United States. The problem was that an immigration policy would have forced some of those students to return to their home countries. Although the policy has since been rescinded, there is still a lot of uncertainty about how these students will navigate the upcoming school year.

Employment immigration: Changes to asylum rules

Every year, many people want to immigrate to the United States to change their lives for the better. That can mean many different things, but some come feeling persecution in their home country, either by their government or from an entity that their government cannot protect them from. They are often granted asylum or temporary protected status here in Louisiana. In the past, there were certain restrictions in place set by the Department of Homeland Security pertaining to employment for asylum-seekers. Recently, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced a change that should help those applications, and supporters are hopeful it will help everyone involved in employment immigration.

Temporary employment immigration ban extended through 2020

Successfully getting a green card is a fairly long process. It is common for people to spend months waiting to hear back about their applications. This can be especially frustrating for immigrants who have secured a job in Louisiana and hope to start working soon. An extension on a temporary employment immigration ban will extend this wait even more.