With April 15 looming, undocumented immigrants may be wondering if they should file income taxes. Although tax law requires everyone who earns over a certain amount to file taxes, most immigration benefits do not require submitting tax returns. However, they can be helpful. Someone planning to apply for an I-601A “hardship” waiver can use the
If you are an F-1 student in “duration of status,” on February 5 you might wake up having accrued 180 days of “unlawful presence.” That’s even if, to your knowledge, you have never violated your status. Last August 9, a USCIS policy memorandum took effect changing the way unlawful presence is calculated. Prior to that memo, an
The Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Registration for 2016 began on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, and ends on November 3, 2016. Entries must be submitted electronically at: https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/. Qualified applicants are strongly encouraged to register as early as possible because heavy demand may result in system delays in the final days of the
The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has severely limited the applicability of the “conversion” provision of the Child Status Protection Act to the family preference categories. Many had hoped that in cases where children aged out, the court would allow a simple solution: the principal beneficiary would simply and automatically become
A federal appeals court has cleared a Filipino immigrant of wrongdoing for registering to vote while getting her driver's license and then casting a ballot, ending her battle of nearly 10 years to remain in the United States. In 2006, Mrs. Keathley registered to vote while getting her driver's license, which is allowed through the National Voter
As of June 1, 2014, USCIS started applying new rules for filing the Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record. The new rules require that the form be submitted less than one year after it is completed and signed by the U.S. Civil Surgeon. Additionally, the form will be valid for only one year from the date it is submitted to USCIS.
The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington has recently ruled that a noncitizen’s grant of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) qualifies as “inspection and admission” into the United States. This is great news for many, as inspection and admission are usually required in order for applicants to be eligible for lawful
Mario Hernandez, a Vietnam vet who wished to naturalize, had served in the Army during a “designated period of hostilities,” as the relevant law terms it. As a result, Mr. Hernandez was eligible for an expedited citizenship process, and exempt from naturalization requirements including permanent residence and five years continuous physical