When a landlord leases an apartment to an undocumented immigrant, does he commit the offense of harboring an illegal alien? This question was recently answered in the negative in a case perceived by some to be the latest effort at localizing immigration enforcement.
Cancellation of removal is a relief available to an alien facing deportation which if granted results in permanent resident status. The applicant must have been in the United States for a continuous period of at least ten years and demonstrate exceptional and extremely unusual hardship to a qualifying U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident relative.
Many men and women come to the United States in search of a better life but unfortunately find themselves in abusive relationships. The alien spouse and child in such a relationship are especially vulnerable because they lack lawful immigration status or work authorization.
On April 17, 2012, the Board of Immigration Appeals ruled in a precedent decision that adjustment applicants who have accrued more than 180 days of unlawful presence and have a pending adjustment of status application and who leave the United States under advance parole will not be barred from returning to the U.S. because of such unlawful presence.
A biometric system that can track individuals who have overstayed their visas is expected to be presented to Congress very soon, according to news reports. The planned system will enable the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to keep track of when immigrants leave the United States.
As of April 9, 2012, the USCIS received a total of 25,600 cap-subject H-1B petitions for employment beginning October 1, 2012. This is double the petitions it received for the entire month of April last year.
The final rule for provisional waivers of unlawful presence will be released later this year, according to the USCIS in a Question and Answer guidance that accompanied its notice of proposed rulemaking dated March 30, 2012. The agency is requesting the public to submit comments on the proposed rule.