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Question: I’m married to my American husband and I have a 15 year old son. We both got our 2 year green card and my husband and I filed to get my permanent residency and included my son on it. But once we filed the case, the immigration receipt only came for me, not my son. His green card has expired and he wants to get his drivers permit, but they told him he can’t without a valid green card. I called the Immigration 800 number and the officer said that since my son did not file a separate I-751, he would not get a separate receipt. Is that correct? Is there anything I can do?
This Week's Immigration News
Trump Holds Off Cancellation of DACA Program For DREAMERS
According to recent public comments from his advisor’s, Trump may hold off on cancelling the DACA program for now. A USCIS spokesperson reportedly told POLITICO last week, that the agency is continuing to accept and process DACA requests under the existing policy with no immediate plans to change to the processing of either new or renewal applications under Obama’s Executive Action in 2012 called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA.
Presumably the Trump Administration has realized how much criticism and bad publicity he would draw by undertaking a policy to deport nearly a million children and young adults from the U.S. - the only country which many of these innocent Immigrants have ever known!
Answer: When a child (under age 21) is included on the parent’s I-751 Removal of Conditions application, only the parent receives the I-797 Receipt, which extends U.S. Residency, Work and Travel Authorization for one full year. It lists the child’s name as a dependent. In order to receive a separate extension letter for a child, a separate I-751 application must be filed. However, in your case, you should make an INFOPASS appointment and take your child’s passport, along with the I-797 Receipt you received and copy of the application, in order to have the officer stamp his passport with a one year Residency extension called an I-551.With that, he should be able to apply for his driving permit.I hope this is helpful.
Miami-Dade Mayor Ends City’s Sanctuary Status
Just days after the inauguration, fearing the loss of millions of dollars in federal funding for the county, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez quickly capitulated to Trumps demands and ended Miami’s Sanctuary City Status.
Last week he issued an order to all jails to comply with federal regulations requiring city and county jails to put a hold on inmates without legal immigration status to turn them over to the federal U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials.
Helpful Immigration Tips You Can Use
The USCIS E-Notification Service Notifies You When Your Case Is Received
The USCIS now provides a convenient service to customers who have filed applications by sending email or text notifications once the center receives and accepts an application for processing.
To request an email or text notification, go online to the USCIS website and download and complete form G-1145. Complete a separate form for each form you are sending to the USCIS and attach to the front page of each application. Good luck!
Make A USCIS e-Request For Inquiries On Pending Cases
The USCIS offers customers with pending cases the option of sending an electronic e-Request for information using an electronic inquiry form on the USCIS Website. In order to make an inquiry, you will need to have the case number, form type, filing date, zip code on file and other information.
Instead, Trump will likely wait until Congress passes a Bill which provides the same protections to DREAMERS as the current DACA program.
The pending Senate Bill, called the Bridge Act (S. 3542) or Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy, is expected to do just that, by providing current and future DACA eligible Immigrants with legal status and work authorization, enabling Trump to eventually tell his anti-immigrant supporters that he kept his promise and cancelled Obama’s DACA program. Stay tuned…
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Read the entire Bridge Act Bill pending in Congress:
Rundown of Immigration-Related Executive Actions Proposed
Or Authorized By Trump Last Week
Here’s a list of Trumps recent Immigration Related Executive Actions:
To build a wall along U.S.-Mexico border, based upon a law enacted under President Bush, called the Secure Fence Act of 2006 to reinforce fencing along 700 miles of the border and enhance surveillance systems. No mention was made about how the estimated billion dollar construction costs will be paid.
To halt Refugee Admissions by enacting a four month pause in most refugee admissions to the U.S., with a goal of reducing all refugee admissions for the fiscal year 2017 from 110,000 down to 50,000.
USCIS Updates Naturalization Test Questions and Answers
Based Upon New Elected Officials
Who is one of your state’s U.S. senators and representatives?
What is the name of the President and Vice President of the United States now?
Donald Trump and Michael Pence
Who is the governor of your state now?
What is the political party of the President now?
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To ban entry into U.S. from Certain Muslim-Majority countries for at least 30 days and some up to 90 days for all immigrants and non-immigrant nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. This is not supposed to apply to U.S. Residents (Green Card holders) but over this past weekend, there were many reports of arriving U.S. Residents being detained and undergoing Immigration security checks at airports. This ban has been denounced as unconstitutional and has been challenged in Federal court. This measure has caused widespread chaos and uncertainty across the world. Protests have erupted across the nation and are likely to continue.
To suspend the Visa Interview Waiver Program (IWP) not the Visa Waiver program (VWP). The Visa Interview Waiver Program only relates to nonimmigrants who have U.S. visas and who apply to renew a nonimmigrant visa “stamp”. Under the IWP, certain visa renewal applicants could request that an in-person interview at a U.S. Consulate be waived. That is what Trump is cancelling. Now all visa applicants wishing to renew a visa must attend a visa interview. Trumps pronouncement does not apply to the actual Visa Waiver program (VWP) which allows citizens of specific countries to visit the U.S. for up to 90 days without having to obtain a visa.
To expedite the completion of the biometric entry-exit data system.
To increase screenings requirements and procedures (Uniform Screening for Immigration Benefits) for all immigration benefits to identify fraud and detect applicants’ intent to do harm (“extreme vetting”).
To provide for detention for all individuals caught entering the U.S. illegally, ending the practice commonly known as “catch and release,” whereby aliens are routinely released in the U.S. shortly after their apprehension for violating immigration laws.
To defund “sanctuary cities” that protect immigrants by refusing to arrest or detain those living in the U.S. illegally.