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Pathway to Citizenship in the Budget Reconciliation Bill

On July 13, 2021, the Senate Budget Committee announced a $3.5 trillion spending bill as part of the FY2022 Budget Reconciliation package. On August 9, 2021, Democrats introduced the spending bill, which includes a permanent residency provision for q… Read More
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Extension of TPS Registration for Venezuela, Burma and Syria

The Department of Homeland Security announced the extension of the registration period of Temporary Protected Status for Venezuela, Syria and Burma from 180 days to 18 months for initial applicants. The Federal Register notice designated the extensio… Read More
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Immigration Enforcement Policies

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security published a memorandum, signed by DHS acting-secretary David Pekoske, directing DHS, Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to establi… Read More
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Venezuelan Nationals Granted DED

On January 19, 2021, former President Trump issued a Memorandum directing the Secretary of State and Secretary of Homeland Security to defer removals of Venezuelan nationals or noncitizens who last resided in Venezuela for a period of eighteen months… Read More
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Summary of President Biden's Executive Orders relating to Immigration

The Biden Administration is working to pass the U.S. Citizenship Act, a bill that includes pathways to citizenship and provide labor protections, prioritizing smart border controls, and address the root causes of migration. President Biden has signed… Read More
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Biden Administration Lifts Muslim Ban, Introduces US Citizenship Act of 2021

On Wednesday, January 20, 2021, the Trump administration departed the White House and President Joseph Biden immediately made his presence known. With his new administration comes the hope of immigration reform. One of the first Executive Orders sign… Read More
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Prevailing Wage Determination Amendments

Prevailing wage determinations are used to confirm the Department of Labor does not negatively affect the wages and job opportunities of U.S. workers based on the employment of immigrant and nonimmigrant workers admitted. The prevailing wage data gen… Read More
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Form I-944 and the Public Charge Regulations

The Form I-944 Declaration of Self-Sufficiency is a tool used by the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) to scrutinize foreign nationals applying for adjustment of status (“green cards”) by determining if the applicant is, or is likely at… Read More
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Update Regarding USCIS Furlough

USCIS announced on August 25, 2020 they will avert the furlough of 13,400 employees and maintain operations until the end of fiscal year 2020. As a result, there will be extreme spending reductions. USCIS Deputy Director for Policy Joseph Edlow comme… Read More
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Restrictive Immigration Policies Implemented by the Trump Administration

Restrictive immigration policies implemented by the Trump administration have targeted both undocumented and legal immigrants and diminished the pool of applicants applying for USCIS benefits. Read More
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Sheila Starkey Hahn

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Sheila Starkey Hahn has devoted her entire legal career to the practice of immigration law. With offices in up-state New York, Memphis and Washington DC, Ms. Starkey Hahn focuses her practice on employment-based immigration. She assists established c…

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