The Immigrant Magazine Stands In Solidarity With Salvadoran Community And Condemns the Department of Homeland Security’s Decision to Terminate Temporary Protected Status

The Immigrant Magazine Stands In Solidarity With Salvadoran Community And Condemns the Department of Homeland Security’s Decision to Terminate Temporary Protected Status

The Department of Homeland Security has announced that it is ending protections for Salvadorans who sought refuge in the U.S. following El Salvador’s 2001 earthquakes. Affecting more than 260,000 Salvadorans in the country with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) the majority of Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries have resided in the U.S. for 20 years or more.

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Re-Registration Period Now Open for Hondurans with Temporary Protected Status

WASHINGTON— Current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Honduras’ designation who want to maintain that status through the current expiration date of July 5, 2018, must re-register between Dec. 15, 2017 and Feb. 13, 2018. Re-registration procedures, including how to renew employment authorization documentation, have been published in the Federal Register and on the USCIS website.

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USCIS to Begin Accepting Applications under the International Entrepreneur Rule

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it is taking steps to implement the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER), in accordance with a recent court decision.

Although the IER was published during the previous administration with an effective date of July 17, 2017, it did not take effect because the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule on July 11, 2017, delaying the IER’s effective date until March 14, 2018.

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USCIS Updates Policy on Determining Cuban Citizenship for Those Born Outside of Cuba

USCIS is no longer considering a consular certificate documenting an individual’s birth outside of Cuba to a Cuban parent as sufficient evidence of Cuban citizenship. This policy memorandum aligns with Cuban law and applies to individuals born outside of Cuba applying for lawful permanent resident status in the United States under the Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA).

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USCIS Guidance on DACA Renewal Requests Affected by Mail Service Issues

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has received reports that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has identified USPS mail service delays that affected a number of DACA renewal requests. Because the DACA policy has been rescinded and individuals can no longer request deferred action under DACA, and in light of the mail service delays identified by USPS, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke has directed USCIS to accept DACA renewal requests from individuals who resubmit their DACA renewal request with individualized proof that the request was originally mailed in a timely manner and that the cause for receipt after the Oct. 5, 2017, deadline was the result of USPS mail service error.

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New Push Urges Immigrants to File for Citizenship in Illinois

CHICAGO — A coalition of Illinois-based advocacy groups is urging immigrants to apply to become American citizens now that the state legislature has restored funding for needed services. The effort is part of the New Americans Campaign, a national campaign now in its sixth year.

The campaign has seen an uptick in citizenship applications over the last two years.

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