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Month: August 2011

USCIS Announces Deferred Enforced Departure Extended for Liberians

Liberians who are currently in the United States and working as well as living in the country may qualify for a new extension of employment authorization. President Obama has recently announced that Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) will be extended through the end of March 2013 for some qualified nationals of Liberia and for some individuals …

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Gay Marriage Immigration and Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

The 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) denies federal benefits, including immigration benefits to same-sex couples. This can affect same sex couples who are applying for gay marriage immigration applications, since DOMA does not recognize same-sex couples. This means that when same-sex couples apply for immigration benefits, such as a K-1 visa or an I-130 …

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Green Card Updates

Holders of a US green card enjoy permanent residency, but while that status is permanent, the green card itself is not. The green card must be renewed every ten years (unless it is a conditional green card, in which case it will need to be renewed more often). In addition, green card holders must carry …

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USCIS N-400 Priority Processing for Certain Non-Citizen SSI Recipients

In August 2011, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it would prioritize the processing of USCIS Form N-400 (application for naturalization) in some cases for SSI recipients. SSI recipients who have had an N-400 application pending for at least four months and SSI recipients who will have SSI benefits ended within one …

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