Category Archive Visa

ByPhillip Kim

Trump’s Travel Ban Upheld In Part By Supreme Court; Travel Ban Will Go Into Effect

Earlier this year, President Trump issued a travel ban on travelers from Muslim countries. However, Judges from several states blocked the travel ban from going into effect. Now, Trump’s travel ban is back into effect.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday allowed a scaled-back version of President Trump’s travel ban to go into effect. The travel ban would affect people from six Muslim countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen) from entering the United States for 90 days and would go into effect in as little as 72 hours. The U.S. Supreme Court states that the travel ban would not be enforced against someone who has a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States as provided in the following excerpt from the U.S. Supreme Court decision below:

“In practical terms, this means that §2(c) may not be enforced against foreign nationals who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States. All other foreign nationals are subject to the provisions of EO–2.”

The decision of the U.S. Supreme Court has however been met with criticism. Opponents of the travel ban are concerned with what constitutes as a “bona fide relationship”. Would it require a blood relation? A lack of a clearly defined relationship would bar from entry people from the six countries and refugees with no such ties and cause chaos at the airports.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) stated that it will discuss the court’s action with the Justice and State departments and said it would implement the ban “professionally, with clear and sufficient public notice, particularly to potentially affected travelers, and in coordination with partners in the travel industry.”

ByPhillip Kim

USCIS To Stop Wrongfully Denying I-601A Provisional Waivers

After many months of waiting from the public, USCIS has finally informed the public that it will modify its current policy on how it will adjudicate I-601A provisional waivers for applicants with criminal convictions.

USCIS has announced that it will no longer wrongfully deny waivers that involve certain criminal convictions. Our office is now assisting eligible clients with criminal convictions in filing their I-601A provisional waivers.

ByPhillip Kim

USCIS Approves 10,000 U Visas

For the year of 2013, USCIS has approved the maximum of 10,000 U visa petitions. U visas are for victims of crime who has suffered abuse emotionally and mentally. Victims agree to help law enforcements prosecute such crimes. The program for U visas started in 2008 and has helped more than 76,000 victims and their families. USCIS will be accepting U visa applications again on October 1, 2013.