Recent Announcements

El Salvador: Auto extend TPS EADs six more months to 09/09/2017

posted Mar 6, 2017, 9:05 AM by Randall Drew


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security.


Notice; extension of Employment Authorization Documents validity date.


On July 8, 2016, the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) extended the designation of El Salvador for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for a period of 18 months by notice in the Federal Register. Through the same notice, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) automatically extended for 6 months the validity of Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) issued under the TPS designation of El Salvador with a September 9, 2016 expiration date printed on the card. These EADs are currently valid through March 9, 2017. USCIS is now automatically extending the validity of these EADs for an additional 6 months, through September 9, 2017.


The automatic extension of the validity of EADs issued under TPS for El Salvador that was set to expire on March 9, 2017, is now extended through September 9, 2017.

Know your rights information from AILA

posted Nov 18, 2016, 8:13 AM by Randall Drew

Attached are fliers from the American Immigration Lawyers Association with hyperlinks to useful immigrant rights information for these Trumpian times. One is in English the other in Spanish.

Nepal TPS renewed for 18 months (re-registration starts today)

posted Oct 26, 2016, 9:35 AM by Randall Drew

Current TPS Nepal beneficiaries who want to extend their TPS must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from OCT 26 to DEC 27, 2016 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) encourages beneficiaries to re-register as soon as possible once the 60-day re-registration period begins.

Adam Ruins Everything - Why the US Immigration Courts are a Huge Mess

posted Oct 25, 2016, 8:48 AM by Randall Drew   [ updated Oct 25, 2016, 8:49 AM ]

Illegal Immigration Is Changing. Border Security Is Still Catching Up

posted Oct 19, 2016, 9:37 AM by Randall Drew


Illegal immigration into the United States isn't what it used to be.

The prevailing assumption that Mexican migrants, mostly men, are streaming into the United States illegally in search of jobs is long outdated, the Obama administration said this week. Instead, it's overwhelmingly families from Central America who are being intercepted together at the border.

And this distinction between the shifting demographics at the border isn't just semantics. It's not so much an illegal immigration problem, but rather, a steady stream of asylum-seekers.

Related: U.S. Expands Asylum Program for Central American Children

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syria

posted Aug 2, 2016, 8:29 AM by Randall Drew

Release Date: August 01, 2016

WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has redesignated Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and extended the existing TPS designation for the country from Oct. 1, 2016, through March 31, 2018. This allows eligible nationals of Syria (or persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Syria) to register or re-register for TPS in accordance with the Federal Register notice published today.

Who is Eligible

Current TPS Status

When to File

Current TPS beneficiaries from Syria

Have TPS

To extend your TPS, you must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from Aug. 1, 2016, through Sept. 30, 2016.

Syrian nationals and persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Syria, who have:

  • Continuously resided in the United States since Aug. 1, 2016, and
  • Been continuously physically present in the United States since Oct. 1, 2016.

Do not have TPS

To obtain TPS, you may apply for TPS during the 180-day initial registration period that runs from Aug. 1, 2016, through Jan. 30, 2017.

Individuals re-registering for TPS:

Current beneficiaries under Syria’s TPS designation seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register during a 60-day period that runs from Aug. 1, 2016, through Sept. 30, 2016. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) encourages beneficiaries to re-register as soon as possible.

The 18-month extension also allows TPS re-registrants to apply for a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Eligible Syria TPS beneficiaries who re-register during the 60-day period and request a new EAD will receive one with an expiration date of March 31, 2018. USCIS recognizes that some re-registrants may not receive their new EADs until after their current work permits expire. Therefore, USCIS is automatically extending current TPS Syria EADs with a Sept. 30, 2016, expiration date for an additional six months. These existing EADs are now valid through March 31, 2017.

To re-register, current TPS beneficiaries must submit:

Individuals applying for TPS for the first time:

For Syrian nationals (and persons having no nationality who last habitually resided in Syria) who do not currently have TPS, the TPS redesignation may allow them to apply for TPS if they have continuously resided in the United States since Aug. 1, 2016, and have been continuously physically present in the United States since Oct. 1, 2016. Applicants must meet all other TPS eligibility and filing requirements.

To apply for the first time, individuals must submit:

Individuals who still have a pending initial TPS application under Syria’s designation do not need to submit a new Form I-821. However, if they currently have a TPS-related EAD and want a new EAD, they should submit:

Supreme Court upholds blocking DAPA and DACA II

posted Jun 23, 2016, 12:44 PM by Randall Drew   [ updated Jun 23, 2016, 12:45 PM ]

In a cowardly decision that no members of the Court had the spine to sign onto, they deadlocked 4-4 to uphold Justice Taney's -- sorry I mean -- Judge Hanen's injunction against DAPA and Extended DACA. So now millions of parents of US citizens will continue to work illegally, drive without licenses, be stuck in jobs that do not fully utilize their skills infinitum. All the while worrying that they could be swept into jail and sent away from their children through deportation.

Keeping these people in the shadows hurts us all economically. But we as a nation would rather punish them than help ourselves, even if it costs us more in long run. The GOP blocking of a Supreme Court nominee certainly didn't help matters here. It must be a strange existence when you only find success in trying to keep others down.

Filipino World War II Veterans

posted Jun 8, 2016, 8:27 AM by Randall Drew

Beginning June 8, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will allow certain Filipino World War II veteran family members who are beneficiaries of approved family-based immigrant visa petitions an opportunity to seek a discretionary grant of parole, on a case-by-case basis, to come to the United States before their visa becomes available.

In limited cases, certain eligible relatives will be able to seek parole on their own behalf if the veteran and his or her spouse are both deceased.

More information about the Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program - including guidance on eligibility, the application process and where to file - is available in the revised Form I-131 instructions and the Federal Register notice. In the coming days, information will also be made available in Tagalog, Cebuano, and Ilocano - please check for updates.

You can also watch USCIS Director León Rodríguez announce the Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program in English and Tagalog.

Applications under this policy will be accepted starting June 8. We strongly encourage eligible individuals interested in requesting parole under the FWVP Program do so within five years.

US: 20 Years of Immigrant Abuses (Human Rights Watch)

posted Apr 26, 2016, 9:59 AM by Randall Drew   [ updated Apr 26, 2016, 10:02 AM ]

Here is a link to an article published by Human Rights Watch about illegal immigration in the United States and how we as a people have dealt with it. The real tension between being a nation of immigrants and a country that values the rule of law arises when our laws do not reflect what we believe (or at least claim) to be our values as a people.    photo © 2015 Reuters
 Don't Deport My Dad © 2015 Reuters

The USCIS Manchester Field Office is in Bedford, NH

posted Mar 10, 2016, 9:47 AM by Randall Drew

Sure it might seem a little odd that the Manchester Field Office of USCIS is not in Manchester, NH but is actually in Bedford (9 Ridgewood Road Bedford, NH 03110). For those who find this confusing,it is not without precedent. My golfing friends might know that Manchester Country Club is also in Bedford.

At any rate, above is a link to my immigration blog with info on them and another link to their web page.

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