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DHS Announce Temporary Protected Status for Yemen

On September 3, 2015, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced his decision to designate Yemen for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) due to the ongoing, widespread, armed conflict in the country that has resulted in a severe humanitarian emergency. This designation will allow nationals of Yemen (and people without nationality who last habitually resided in Yemen) who are currently residing in the U.S. to apply for temporary protection.

DHS Announces Temporary Protected Status for Nepal

On June 24, 2015, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced his decision to designate Nepal for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) due to the devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015, and the subsequent aftershocks. This designation will allow nationals of Nepal (and people without nationality who last habitually resided in Nepal) who are currently residing in the U.S. to apply for temporary protection.

I-193 Waivers During DOS Technical Difficulties

The Department of State (DOS) has informed the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) that DOS will need to approve any potential I-193 waiver applicant before he or she can apply at a U.S. port of entry. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is accepting I-193 Applications for Waiver of Passport and/or Visa for urgent travel to the U.S. for travelers affected by the DOS technical difficulties preventing visa issuance. Applicants will now be required to contact the embassy or consulate where they would have applied for the visa, or where the application is pending in cases where the interview has already taken place, and explain why they need to urgently travel without the visa. If the embassy or consulate agrees that the reason for travel is sufficiently urgent and the applicant is eligible (no criminal issues, immigration issues, etc.), the post will issue a travel letter, which then must be presented to CBP with the I-193 application.

Immigration Relief for Nationals of Nepal

We, like many others around the world, have been closely watching the crisis in Nepal due to the 7.8 earthquake that struck on April 25, 2015, and have great concern over how it will affect nationals of Nepal, their families and their communities.

DHS Suspends Acceptance of Expanded DACA Applications and Plan to Accept DAPA Applications

Although the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was supposed to begin accepting applications on Wednesday, Feb. 18, under President Obama's newly expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked the President's initiative. U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen ruled late Monday that the program should not move forward while a lawsuit filed by 26 states challenging it was being decided.

DHS Announces Temporary Protected Status for Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone

On November 20, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will designate Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) due to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This designation will allow nationals of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone (and people without nationality who last habitually resided in one of those countries) who are currently residing in the U.S. to apply for temporary protection.

Ebola Outbreak-related Immigration Relief in the United States

People all over the world are watching daily news of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa with great concern over if and how it may affect them, their families and their communities. Much of the focus has been on people leaving countries where the outbreak has hit the hardest. Little of the attention has been paid to nationals of those countries who are already outside their home countries and may not be able to return due to the outbreak.

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