Immigration

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.

CDC to Require COVID-19 Vaccine for Green Card and Immigrant Visa Applicants Starting October 1, 2021

Beginning on October 1, 2021, most green card and immigrant visa applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as part of their medical examination for lawful permanent residence. This Centers for Disease Control (CDC) order applies to adjustments of status and to those applying for immigrant visas at US consulates and embassies abroad. Applicants who refuse to take the full COVID-19 vaccine series without a waiver will be inadmissible to the United States.

Driven by Client Service and the Law: Jagan Tamirisa in Immigration

Jagan Tamirisa knew that he wanted to work in the immigration field since interning in this discipline during his law school days. Jagan remains committed to delivering a high standard of service because he knows that his work can make a real impact on immigrants, helping them maintain their livelihoods with a sense of security.

An Overview of B-1 and B-2 Visas

Join Chugh, LLP Attorneys Joy Dungca and Vandana Marath for an overview of B-1 and B-2 visas, which activities qualify for each visa, and which individuals may be eligible for each visa status.

DHS and DOJ Propose to Allow Asylum Officers to Fully Adjudicate Cases

The United States Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Justice (DOJ) will publish a notice of proposed rulemaking on August 20, 2021 that would allow United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) asylum officers to adjudicate asylum applications, withholdings of removal, or protection under the Convention Against Torture (CAT) for individuals with a credible fear.

Employment-Based Green Cards: Downgrading, Premium Processing, Aging Out, and More

Join Chugh, LLP Partner and Attorney Navdeep Meamber and Immigration Consultant Jagan Tamirisa for an informative conversation on the green card downgrade process from EB-2 to EB-3: whether to get premium processing, how it impacts your child when they turn 21, and what downgrading entails. They also discuss whether you can travel while your adjustment of status is pending, whether you should reschedule your biometrics appointment, and more.

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