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U Visas: Qualifying for an EAD and Deferred Action while your Application is Pending

Chugh, LLP Partner and Attorney Angelita Chavez leads a conversation on U visas, including how certain individuals with pending U visas can now get deferred action and an employment authorization document (EAD). She also discusses how to qualify for those benefits, what to expect from the U visa application process, and what requirements individuals must meet to qualify for U visas in general.

Build Back Better Bill Passes House Committee: Would Provide Pathway to Green Cards for DACA, TPS, Other Immigrants

The Build Back Better reconciliation bill has passed the House Judiciary Committee without any amendments. The plan contains a pathway to green card status for recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS), farmworkers, and essential workers. It is unclear whether the bill will be passed into law, and if so, whether it will change from its current form.

USCIS Extends Evidence of Status of Certain Receipt Notices

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will extend the time certain receipt notices can be presented as evidence of immigration status. Beginning on September 4, 2021, petitioners filing Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence or Form I-829, Petition by Investor to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status can use receipt notices for 24 months, an increase from the previous 18-month limit. The change is part of USCIS’s efforts to combat the effects of processing delays.

DHS to Provide Parole to Certain Eligible Afghan Citizens

Based on the current situation in Afghanistan, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a memo stating that the United States will relocate vulnerable Afghan nationals to the United States. The agency will focus first on Afghans with pending family-based immigration, special immigrant visas, and refugee program cases. DHS will also work on cases for Afghans who have already begun the process of entering the United States, and those who were eligible but never applied to immigrate.

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