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TPS Registration Period Extended – Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone

Eligible nationals of Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone may apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) through August 18, 2015.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) extended the initial registration period from May 20, 2015 to August 18, 2015.

If you meet all the TPS eligibility requirements, you may resubmit your TPS application by August 18, 2015.

To qualify for TPS, individuals from these three countries must establish they have been:

  •  continuously residing in the United States since November 20, 2014 and
  •  continuously physically present in the United States since November 21, 2014.

To learn more about the TPS process, its benefits, or if you simply need more information on how to apply, The Ponce Law Office can assist you.  Call us now at (972)863-1446.

Nepal Designated for TPS

The Department of Homeland Security has designated the country of Nepal for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) effective for an 18 month period – June 24, 2015 through December 24, 2016.  The registration period begins June 24, 2015 through December 21, 2015.  DHS determined that the earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015 resulted in a substantial (but temporary) disruption of… Continue Reading

April 2015 Visa Bulletin is Here!

The Department of State has released the April 2015 Visa Bulletin.  China’s employment-based 3rd preference category retrogressed 10 months.  Don’t fret, there’s still a slight forward movement for other visa categories! If your priority date is current, and want to proceed with the next steps of your case, please contact The Ponce Law Office. We’re here to help! Continue Reading

Wait! DHS Not Accepting Expanded DACA Cases!

Important DACA Update The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will NOT be accepting requests under the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) cases that were set to start on February 18, 2015.   DHS suspended the expanded DACA and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) programs due to the temporary injunction that was issued by a U.S. District… Continue Reading

Cap Reached – U Visas

U visas are for victims of certain crimes who provide ongoing cooperation with law enforcement. There is a statutory maximum of 10,000 U visas issued per year. Since the U visa programs inception in 2008, the 10,000 cap has been reached for the sixth year in a row. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it will continue to review… Continue Reading

January 2015 Visa Bulletin is Here!

The Department of State released the January 2015 Visa Bulletin and it is now available.  Each preference category moved slightly forward except Employment Based 2nd preference category India. If your priority date is current in your preference category, and you would like to obtain more information and how to proceed with the next step in your case, please… Continue Reading

September 2014 Visa Bulletin is Available!

The State Department released the September 2014 visa bulletin! There is a forward movement for most family-based and employment-based preference categories. Check to see if your priority date is current by looking at the SEPTEMBER VISA BULLETIN. If your priority date is current, call The Ponce Law Office at (972)863-1446. We’re happy to help you with the next step of… Continue Reading

August Visa Bulletin!

The August 2014 visa bulletin is available! Check to see if your priority date is current by looking at the August Visa Bulletin. If your priority date is current, call The Ponce Law Office at (972)863-1446. We’re happy to help you with the next step of your case. Continue Reading

July Visa Bulletin is Available!

The State Department released the visa bulletin for July! There’s a four year forward jump for India employment-based 2nd preference (EB-2) category. To see the list of all the preference categories for employment based and family based as well as the Diversity Immigrant Category, take a look at the  JULY VISA BULLETIN. Continue Reading

Renew your DACA today!

Effective today, the Secretary of Homeland Security has announced that they will begin accepting renewal applications for Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  Individuals may apply for DACA renewal if:  the initial DACA individual was previously enrolled in the program and their deferral authorization is expiring within the next four months;  the individual has not departed the United… Continue Reading