California citizens, immigrants and residents have every right to be updated by reports of the current administration's position on sanctuary cities— jurisdictions practicing noncooperation with federal immigration agency requests for information or detention of certain individuals. A recent district court decision offers some good news for undocumented residents, immigrants and visa holders residing in the aforementioned jurisdictions, as well as the families of these individuals.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has ruled that much of President Trump's latest travel ban can legally go into effect. That said, it cannot be applied to people who have close family members in the U.S., or to those with bona fide relationships with an American entity.
The Trump administration has decided to end temporary protected status (TPS) for Nicaraguans, which has been in place since 1999. TPS programs are sometimes put in place when immigrants come to the U.S. seeking refuge from war, catastrophe or natural disaster. The status typically remains in place until conditions in the home country improve to the point of general safety.
If you are about to marry a U.S. citizen or have already married one, you may be wondering whether you automatically become a legal U.S. resident once the marriage is official.
An alternative energy investment firm has just filed suit against the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The investment firm brokers investments for international investors who would like to provide capital for U.S. projects in exchange for EB-5 immigrant visas. The broker claims that the agency has failed to provide key project approvals that underpin the investors' visa plans.