USCIS Proposes New Rule - International Startups Get Ready!

We welcome today’s announcement by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) which released the “International Entrepreneur Rule”. This is a proposal of a new rule which will allow certain international entrepreneurs to be considered for temporary permission to enter the United States (parole). This proposed rule has significant implications, not only for the thousands of potential entrepreneurs who may not ordinarily consider investing in the United States, particularly if unable to obtain a visa in the first place, but for our economy. USCIS acknowledged the benefits America has enjoyed in today’s proposal. “America’s economy has long benefited from the contributions of immigrant entrepreneurs, from Main Street to Silicon Valley,” said Director León Rodríguez. “This proposed rule, when finalized, will help our economy grow by expanding immigration options for foreign entrepreneurs who meet certain criteria for creating jobs, attracting investment and generating revenue in the U.S.”
The proposed rule would allow entrepreneurs to apply for entry to the United States and an initial stay of up to two years to oversee and grow their startup entity. A request for re-parole (up to 3 additional years) would be considered if the entrepreneur and the startup entity continues to establish a significant public benefit, which can be demonstrated through substantial increases in capital investment, revenue, or job creation. The Department of Homeland Security would review the applications on a case-by-case basis, but generally the eligible entrepreneurs of startup enterprises should have:
1)      Significant (at least 15%) ownership interest in the startup and have an active and central role to its operations;
2)      A recent startup (formed in the U.S. within the past 3 years);
3)      A startup that has demonstrated substantial potential for rapid business grown and job creation. This can be evidenced by the following
a.      Receiving significant investment of capital (at least $345,000) from certain qualified U.S. investors with established records of successful investments;
b.      Receiving significant awards or grants (at least $100,000) from certain federal, state or local government entities; or
c.       Partially satisfying one or both of the above criteria in addition to other reliable and compelling evidence of the startup entity’s substantial potential for rapid growth and job creation.
This would not be the only way an entrepreneur could try and obtain, through their investment in the U.S. economy, an immigration benefit. Some may be familiar with one such program: EB-5 Investor Visa. The Eb-5 visa is discussed in more detail HERE however this proposed rule does not replace the Eb-5 program, which requires an investment of $1 million (in certain cases as low as $500,000) in exchange for lawful permanent residency for the foreign investor and his/her family. Contrasted with the rule proposed today, the EB-5 visa requires a more significant financial investment and the conditions are stringent and particular and will potentially take more time to adjudicate, however significantly the Eb-5 visa offers a benefit that cannot be compared: permanent residency.
This program would be perfect for the startup that is serious about investing in the U.S. and wants the ability to personally oversee their startup but is not yet ready or interested in permanent residency, or at least not right away.

There will be a 45 day commentary period following the publication in the Federal Register. We will post an update on this blog with more information as it develops and we urge the public to comment in support of the proposed International Entrepreneur Rule when released. We have witnessed our world grow increasingly smaller with advancements in science and technology in the past few decades. Forward-thinking immigration rules such as the one proposed can only position the U.S. for all kinds of growth in an ever-shrinking world.  

New Rule Opens USCIS Provisional Waiver Process to Additional Applicants – Insights from a Atlanta Immigration Attorney

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on July 29 a final rule to expand the provisional waiver process to individuals who meet the statutory requirements for immigrant visas, and whose family members are lawful permanent residents or U.S. citizens.

According to USCIS, the purpose of the provisional waiver process is to encourage family unity. It enhances administrative efficiency and makes it easier for eligible individuals to complete immigration processing while they are abroad and away from their families.

The final rule is an extension of a process that was established in 2013 to encourage family unity. It allowed eligible relatives of U.S. citizens to apply for provisional waivers of the unlawful presence grounds of inadmissibility, provided that the applicants’ U.S. citizen relatives would suffer extreme hardship if the waiver was denied.

If you would like to speak with an Atlanta deportation lawyer about family-based immigration, contact Kuck Immigration Partners. Charles Kuck will evaluate your situation and explain you and your family’s options for immigrating to the United States.

Call 404-816-8611 today to schedule a consultation. Until then, read on to learn more about the USCIS expansion of the provisional waiver process:

When Does the New Rule Go into Effect?

The final rule was announced on July 29 and goes into effect on Aug. 29, 2016. USCIS announced its intention to update its Policy Manual to explain how it determines “extreme hardship,” as this is an eligibility requirement for the provisional waiver application.

Before the new rule, it was only possible for spouses of U.S. citizens to apply for the provisional waiver before leaving the United States for processing of their immigration visas. The new rule extends eligibility to all individuals who are statutorily eligible for the waiver. Many of these individuals would have been denied the provisional waiver according to the original 2013 rule.

In order for the application for the provisional waiver to be successful, the applicant must prove that his or her lawful permanent resident or U.S. citizen parents or spouse would face “extreme hardship” if he or she could not return to the United States. Also, the final rule includes modifications to the Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver (Form I-601A). The modifications will be enacted with the final rule, and the new form will be available on the USCIS website here on Aug. 29, 2016.

If you intend to apply for the provisional waiver under the new rule, then you should not submit your application until the rule goes into effect on August 29. Otherwise, your application will be denied by USCIS.

If you have questions about family-based immigration, contact Kuck Immigration Partners. Charles Kuck will evaluate your case and explain your legal options. Mr. Kuck is the former National President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the former President of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers (ABIL).

Our firm has filed and won hundreds of provisional waiver cases over the last 3 years.  We also represent people in the defense of ICE I-9 audits and Department of Labor (DOL) Audits. Call 404-816-8611 today to schedule a consultation with an immigration attorney in Atlanta.

What Are the Eligibility Requirements for the EB-5 Visa? Atlanta Immigration Attorney Explains

U.S. Congress created the EB-5 visa program in 1990 to stimulate the economy by encouraging capital investments from foreign investors. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), in order to qualify for an EB-5 visa, the immigrant must invest in a new commercial enterprise. The enterprise must have been established after Nov. 29, 1990; alternatively, the investment could be in a commercial enterprise that was established on or before Nov. 29, 1990 if:

·         The existing or purchased business is reorganized or reconstructed in a manner that creates a new commercial enterprise; or
·         The investment expands an existing or purchased business to create at least a 40-percent increase in the number of employees or net worth.

If you are interested in obtaining an EB-5 visa, contact Kuck Immigration Partners. There are strict regulations that determine a person’s eligibility for an EB-5 visa. You will have to provide extensive documentation and prove that your net worth or income is sufficient to support your planned investment. Also, you will have to prove that your capital investment was acquired legally.

Call 404-816-8611 to schedule a consultation with an employment visa lawyer in Atlanta. Until then, read on to learn more about the eligibility requirements for the EB-5 visa:

What Qualifies as a “Commercial Enterprise?”

A commercial enterprise is a for-profit activity created for a lawful business. Examples include:

·         Sole proprietorships;
·         Partnerships;
·         Holding companies;
·         Joint ventures;
·         Corporations; and
·         Business trusts or other entities that can be either privately or publically owned.

EB-5 Visa Job Creation Requirements

The investment must preserve or create a minimum of 10 full-time jobs for qualified workers in the United States. The job creation must take place within two years – or in certain cases, within a reasonable timeframe after two years – of the investor becoming a Conditional Permanent Resident in the United States. In order to qualify for “preserving” jobs, the investor must preserve jobs in a “troubled business” as defined by USCIS.

EB-5 Visa Capital Investment Requirements

The following may be considered “capital” for EB-5 eligibility:

·         Cash;
·         Inventory;
·         Equipment;
·         Other tangible property;
·         Cash equivalents; and
·         Indebtedness secured by assets owned by the immigrant entrepreneur, provided that the entrepreneur is primarily and personally liable and the assets of the commercial enterprise are not used to secure the indebtedness.

The fair-market value will be used to value all capital. If an asset was acquired illegally, then it cannot be part of the capital investment. Also, the immigrant cannot borrow the investment capital.

In most cases, the alien entrepreneur must invest at least $1 million in the United States to fulfill the capital investment requirement of the EB-5 visa. However, an investment of $500,000 may be sufficient if made in a rural or high-unemployment area.

If you believe that you may qualify for the EB-5 visa program, contact Kuck Immigration Partners. An Atlanta immigration attorney will help you gather and present the necessary documents and proof of eligibility. Call 404-816-8611 today to schedule a consultation.

What Is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals? 3 DACA FAQs Answered by an Atlanta Immigration Attorney

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a U.S. immigration policy that allows eligible immigrants to request deferred action and employment authorization for two years. After this period, they must request renewal of DACA.

If you would like to speak with an immigration attorney about DACA, obtaining a Green Card or other immigration concerns, contact Kuck Immigration Partners. Our firm has filed and won thousands of cases over the last 27 years. Call 404-816-8611 to schedule a consultation with an immigration attorney in Atlanta.

Until then, read on to learn the answers to three FAQs about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals:

1. What are the eligibility requirements for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals?

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, you can request consideration of DACA if you meet the following eligibility requirements:

1.       You were younger than 31 on June 15, 2012;
2.       You were younger than 16 when you entered the United States;
3.       You have been a continuous resident in the United States since June 15, 2007;
4.       You were in the United States on June 15, 2012 and when you made your request for consideration of deferred action with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services;
5.       You did not have lawful status on June 15, 2012, which means:
a.       You did not have lawful immigration status on or at any point before June 15, 2012;
b.      Or your parole or lawful immigration status that you obtained before June 15, 2012 had expired as of June 15, 2012.
6.       You obtained a certificate of completion or graduated from high school, or you are currently in school, or you obtained a General Educational Development certificate, or you were honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States or Coast Guard;
7.       And you have not been convicted of a significant misdemeanor, felony, three or more misdemeanors, and you are not a threat to public safety or national security.

2. Can I request a renewal of employment authorization and deferred action under DACA?

Yes. Your request for renewal of your employment authorization and deferred action under DACA will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services approves your request, you will receive deferred action for two more years. You may also receive employment authorization for that period if you demonstrate an economic necessity for employment.

3. If I am in immigration detention under Immigration Customs Enforcement, can I request consideration of DACA?

No. You cannot request consideration of DACA if you are in immigration detention under ICE.  However, if you meet the guidelines for DACA, you should discuss your situation with your immigration lawyer and see if DACA remains a possibility.

If you would like to speak with a DACA lawyer in Atlanta, contact Kuck Immigration Partners. Schedule a consultation today by calling 404-816-8611.

El fraude de inmigración – Nunca se desaparece

A medida que los inmigrantes pasan por el largo viaje de obtener un estatus legal en los Estados Unidos, van a llenar  formularios innumerables, cuestionarios, solicitudes y peticiones. Los inmigrantes pasan a través de entrevistas e incluso las visitas judiciales. En todo momento, toda la información presentada de un inmigrante debe ser verdadera y correcta. La ley establece que durante cualquier parte del proceso, si se encuentra a un inmigrante, falsificando un documento, o presenta información a sabiendas incorrectas para adquirir una visa u otra documentación, la admisión en los Estados Unidos, o cualquier otro beneficio, él o ella no serán elegible para el estatus legal en los Estados Unidos. En otras palabras, cualquier tipo de fraude, si se trata de mentir sobre una fecha o el uso de documentos falsos, en el proceso de obtención de visa u otra documentación, la admisión en los Estados Unidos, o cualquier otro beneficio, hará al inmigrante no elegible para un estatus legal.

A veces, la inmigración otorga una visa o residencia permanente legal sin saber que el inmigrante
cometió fraude en el pasado. El Tercer Circuito en Saliba v. Atty Gen., No 15-3769
(3d Cir. June 14, 2016 ) resolvió que la inmigración puede negar la condición de inmigrante debido
a un fraude pasado, aun cuando la inmigración no captó el fraude antes y previamente concedió la
condición de inmigrante . En Saliba, un inmigrante falsificó documentos para obtener el estatus de
protección temporal. La inmigración no sabía sobre el fraude y concedió al inmigrante el estatus de
protección temporal. Durante años, el inmigrante tenía estatus legal y luego se convirtió en un residente
permanente. Con el tiempo se solicitó la ciudadanía. Inmigración descubrió el fraude del inmigrante
cuando solicitó la ciudadanía y le negó la ciudadanía basado en los años del fraude. El Tribunal de
Justicia confirmó que la inmigración podría negar la ciudadanía por un fraude pasado, incluso después
de la concesión del estatus de los inmigrantes en el pasado.

Un inmigrante puede solicitar una exención de fraude, aunque los padres y cónyuges tengan estatus
legal en los Estados Unidos, pero el inmigrante debe buscar la exención en el momento de solicitar la
admisión o su status en los Estados Unidos. Un inmigrante no puede buscar esta renuncia al solicitar
la ciudadanía.
Si usted o algún conocido ha cometido fraude de inmigración en el pasado, debe obtener el
asesoramiento de un abogado con experiencia antes de continuar con su caso de inmigración para
evitar consecuencias adversas en el futuro.

Anna Erwin

Immigration Fraud – It's Never in Your Past

As immigrants go through the long journey of obtaining legal status in the United States, they will fill out innumerous forms, questionnaires, applications, and petitions. Immigrants will go through interviews and even court hearings. At all times, all of the information an immigrant presents must be true and correct. The law states that during any part of the process, if an immigrant lies, falsifies a document, or presents knowingly incorrect information to procure a visa or other documentation, admission into the United States, or any other benefit, he or she will be ineligible for lawful status in the United States. In other words, any type of fraud, whether it’s lying about a date or using fake document, in the process of getting visa or other documentation, admission into the United States, or any other benefit, will make the immigrant ineligible for lawful status.

Sometimes immigration grants a visa or lawful permanent residency without knowing that the immigrant committed fraud in the past. The Third Circuit in Saliba v. Atty Gen., No 15-3769 (3d Cir. June 14, 2016) found that immigration can deny status to an immigrant due to past fraud even if immigration didn’t catch that fraud before and previously granted the immigrant status. In Saliba, an immigrant falsified documents to get Temporary Protected Status. Immigration did not know about the fraud and granted the immigrant Temporary Protected Status. For years the immigrant had legal status and then became a permanent resident. He eventually applied for citizenship. Immigration discovered the immigrant’s fraud when he applied for citizenship and denied him citizenship based on the years-old fraud. The Court confirmed that immigration could deny citizenship for past fraud even after granting status to the immigrant in the past.

There is a waiver of the fraud that an immigrant may seek though parents and spouses that have lawful status in the United States, but the immigrant must seek the waiver at the time of applying for admission or status in the United States. An immigrant cannot seek this waiver when applying for citizenship.

If you or anyone you know has committed immigration fraud in the past, get advice from an experienced attorney before continuing with your immigration case to avoid harsh consequences in the future.

Anna Erwin


No pude ir a mi audiencia de la Corte de Inmigración - Ahora qué? 6 preguntas más frecuentes de un abogado de Deportación en Atlanta.

Si se ha perdido su audiencia en la corte de inmigración, el juez de inmigración puede ordenar su deportación " in absentia ", que significa que va a ordenar su deportación por no presentarse. Sin embargo, hay circunstancias excepcionales en las que el juez puede reabrir su caso y continuar el procedimiento.
Si se enfrentan a una crisis de expulsión en Georgia, póngase en contacto con Kuck Immigration Partners. Llame 404-816-8611 para programar una consulta con un abogado de deportación en Atlanta. Hasta entonces, sigua leyendo para aprender las respuestas a seis preguntas más frecuentes acerca de las audiencias de inmigración perdidas:

1. ¿Cuáles son las "circunstancias excepcionales "  que podría convencer al juez de inmigración para reabrir mi caso?

Aquí hay algunos ejemplos de circunstancias excepcionales que pueden convencer al juez de inmigración para reabrir su caso:

• No fueron notificados de la audiencia, lo que significa que la Corte le ha enviado una notificación por correo pero no lo recibió, sin culpa de su parte;
• Su abogado de inmigración proporcionó asistencia letrada ineficaz, lo que significa que él o ella no le dijo la fecha de su audiencia, y esto provocó que se pierda ella; o
• A complicaciones médicas también pueden considerarse una circunstancia excepcional, por ejemplo, si usted estaba en el hospital el día que su audiencia se llevó a cabo y no era físicamente posible  que pueda asistir.
2. ¿Puede la Corte enviar por correo una copia de mi fecha de la audiencia?

Puede averiguar si la Corte enviará por correo una copia de la fecha de la audiencia presentando una Ley de libertad de Solicitud de información (FOIA), o puede ir y revisar el archivo de la corte de inmigración físicamente.

3. ¿Qué pasa si mi abogado de inmigración no me informa acerca de la fecha de la audiencia?

Si su abogado de inmigración no le  informó acerca de la audiencia, usted debe discutir su caso con un abogado de deportación con experiencia que pueda explicar sus circunstancias a la juez de inmigración. Sin embargo, estos tipos de procesos para reabrir un caso se les niega fácilmente si no se siguen las directrices de la Corte para ellos.

4. ¿Qué sucede si me perdí la audición debido a complicaciones médicas?

Si se ha perdido su audiencia debido a problemas médicos, su abogado de deportación con experiencia puede utilizar su registro médico para argumentar que su caso merece una segunda oportunidad.

5. ¿Qué pasa si olvido su audiencia?

Si ha olvidado su audiencia, no quería asistir a la audiencia, o ha cambiado su dirección, pero no notificó a la Corte, entonces será difícil que su caso sea reabierto. Sin embargo, esto todavía puede ser posible si usted tiene circunstancias que justifican el juez mirando a su caso.
6. ¿Cómo puede ayudar un abogado de deportación?

Muchas personas que se enfrentan a las audiencias de inmigración no contratan a un asesor legal, ya que creen que no hay manera de que pudieran permanecer en los Estados Unidos, o que el juez les ayudará si tienen una historia simpática. Sin embargo, estos supuestos son a menudo falsas, y la contratación de un abogado con experiencia en deportación viene con una multitud de beneficios potenciales, tales como:

Su abogado puede ayudarle a solicitar la cancelación de expulsión;

• Su abogado puede ser capaz de demostrar que usted es, de hecho, un ciudadano de EE.UU. si usted tiene un abuelo o padre ciudadano de EE.UU.;
• Dependiendo de su situación, su abogado puede solicitar la concesión del juez que será su alivio a la deportación
• Su abogado de deportación puede argumentar que reúne los requisitos para el asilo;
• Si se enfrentan a cargos criminales, su abogado puede argumentar que los cargos no son motivo de expulsión sobre la base de las leyes de inmigración de Estados Unidos; o
• Su abogado de deportación puede argumentar que su familia u otros vínculos o buen carácter moral sería convencer al DHS para cerrar su caso.

Si desea hablar con un abogado de inmigración en Atlanta, póngase en contacto con Kuck Immigration Partners . Llame 404-816-8611 para programar una consulta.

I Missed My Hearing in Immigration Court – Now What? 6 FAQs from an Atlanta Deportation Attorney

If you missed your hearing in immigration court, the Immigration Judge will order you deported “in absentia,” that means he will order you deported for not showing up.  However, there are exceptional circumstances in which the judge may reopen your case and continue the proceedings.

If you are facing a deportation crisis in Georgia, contact Kuck Immigration Partners. Charles Kuck is the past National President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the past President of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers (ABIL).

Call 404-816-8611 to schedule a consultation with a deportation attorney in Atlanta. Until then, read on to learn the answers to six FAQs about missed immigration hearings:

1. What “exceptional circumstances” could convince the Immigration Judge to reopen my case?

Here are a few examples of exceptional circumstances that may convince the Immigration Judge to reopen your case:

·         You were not notified about the hearing, meaning that the Court sent you a notice via mail but you did not receive it at no fault of your own;
·         Your immigration lawyer provided ineffective assistance of counsel, meaning that he or she did not tell you the date of your hearing, and this caused you to miss it; or
·         A medical complications can also be considered an exceptional circumstance – for example, if you were in the hospital on the day your hearing took place and it was not physically possible for you to attend.

2. Did the Court mail me a copy of my hearing date?

You can find out if the Court mailed a copy of your hearing date by filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request,  or by physically going and reviewing your immigration court file.

3. What if my immigration lawyer did not inform me about the hearing date?

If your immigration lawyer did not inform you about the hearing, you should discuss your case with an experienced deportation attorney who can explain your circumstances to the Immigration Judge. However, these types of motions to reopen a case are easily denied if you do not follow the Court’s guidelines for them.

4. What if I missed the hearing due to medical complications?

If you missed your hearing due to medical issues, your experienced deportation attorney can use your medical record to argue that your case warrants a second chance.

5. What if I forgot my hearing?

If you forgot your hearing, did not want to attend the hearing, or changed your address but did not notify the Court, then it will be difficult to get your case reopened. However, this may still be possible if you have circumstances that warrant the judge looking at your case.

6. How Can a Deportation Attorney Help?

Many people who face immigration hearings do not hire legal counsel because they believe there is no way they could stay in the United States, or that the judge will help them if they have a sympathetic story. However, these assumptions are often untrue, and hiring an experience deportation attorney comes with a multitude of potential benefits such as:

·         Your attorney can help you apply for cancellation of removal;
·         Your attorney may be able to show that you are in fact a U.S. citizen if you have a U.S. citizen grandparent or parent;
·         Depending on your situation, your attorney may request that the judge grant you relief from deportation
·         Your deportation lawyer may argue that you qualify for asylum;
·         If you are facing criminal charges, your lawyer can argue that the charges are not grounds for removal based on U.S. immigration laws; or
·         Your deportation lawyer can argue that your family or other ties, or good moral character would convince the DHS to close your case.

If you would like to speak with an immigration lawyer in Atlanta, contact Kuck Immigration Partners. Call 404-816-8611 to schedule a consultation.

¡LA ESPERA HA TERMINADO! -- La Ampliación del Programa de exención provisional finalmente está aquí.

En el 2013, el USCIS implementó el Programa de Exención Provisional I- 601A, que permite a los cónyuges de los ciudadanos de Estados Unidos presentar sus solicitudes de perdón por su presencia ilegal en los Estados Unidos, esperan la aprobación, y luego asisten a su entrevista programada únicamente si su solicitud fue aprobada. Este fue un cambio significativo en la ley porque las familias se separaban un período mucho más corto, y mucho menos existía el miedo de tener que abandonar los EE.UU. para una entrevista - sabían que iban a ser capaz de volver con una tarjeta verde. El mayor inconveniente de esta exención de reciente aplicación era que sólo se puso a disposición a los cónyuges e hijos de ciudadanos estadounidenses. ¡Hasta ahora!

¿Qué quiere decir este último anuncio?

Hasta el anuncio de hoy, sólo ciertos parientes de calificación inmediatos (cónyuges de ciudadanos estadounidenses y los padres) eran elegibles para presentar una solicitud de exención provisional. USCIS acaba de lanzar la versión ampliada del programa, y los solicitantes que tengan un cónyuge de residencia permanente legal o padre ahora son elegibles para solicitar esta exención!! ¡Ya no es necesario que el solicitante espere a que el familiar se haga ciudadano para ser elegible! Esta nueva norma entrará en vigor a partir del 29 de agosto de 2016.

Para recordar las reglas originales, la renuncia que estamos hablando es de la exención que se necesita para ser perdonado por el delito de acumular presencia ilegal en los Estados Unidos. La presencia ilegal se produce cuando alguien no se encuentra en estado legal en los Estados Unidos, independientemente de su modo de ingreso. Por lo general, las personas que entran en los EE.UU. con una visa se reservan el derecho de procesar su residencia permanente en los Estados Unidos si están casados ​​con un ciudadano estadounidense o tienen hijos ciudadanos de los EEUU que están sobre la edad de 21. Por otro lado, las personas que entraron en los EE.UU. sin inspección normalmente no pueden presentar una tarjeta de residencia en los EE.UU. Suponiendo que no haya obstáculo, aquí es donde los individuos pueden beneficiarse del programa de exención provisional. Los que son elegibles de otra manera deben abandonar los EE.UU. y el procedimiento para su residencia permanente en el extranjero. Pero, muy pronto, ya que normalmente han tenido más de un año de "presencia ilegal “, luego serán impedidos de regresar a los Estados Unidos durante 10 años, como castigo por su ingreso y estancia ilegal.

Una vez más, esta regulación cambia simplemente dónde y cuándo la renuncia puede ser aplicada, junto con las clases de individuos que son elegibles. No elimina la necesidad de la persona de salir de los Estados Unidos para procesar la residencia a través de su cónyuge o padre.
Otro importante antecedente, los hijos no son familiares que califican el perdón del castigo de los 3 y 10 años. Las personas que se encuentran actualmente en proceso de expulsión son elegibles para presentar la renuncia, si sus procedimientos de expulsión han sido administrativamente archivados y no se vuelven a agendar en el momento de presentación de la solicitud de exención. Las personas con esta situación necesitan tener sus casos judiciales de inmigración finiquitados antes de salir de los EE.UU. para evitar retrasos en la devolución en el consulado.
¿Cuáles son algunos otros cambios de la ampliación de la regla?

Mientras que la persona todavía se encuentre en los Estados Unidos con el fin de presentar la renuncia, ya no es una restricción a la presentación de la misma, si la entrevista del solicitante estaba programada antes de la fecha de vigencia de la norma.  Ha de ser determinado en cuanto si esta nueva regla es retroactiva, pero no parece ser el caso en este momento.
Otro cambio significativo en estas nuevas reglas de la extensión es que una persona con una orden final de expulsión ahora puede presentar una renuncia 212 de la orden de expulsión en los Estados Unidos, y una vez aprobado, se continua con la solicitud de exención provisional.
¿Hubo algún cambio en el proceso?

En resumen, no hubo ningún cambio en el proceso que sea distinto a los requisitos de elegibilidad establecidos anteriormente. La tasa de presentación para el nuevo proceso de exención es la misma que para el proceso de exención actual, $ 585, más un adicional de $ 85 para la cuota de biometría (aunque hay un aumento de la tarifa propuesta, que entrará en vigor en los próximos 60 días, por comprobar). USCIS no aceptará una presentación de la Forma I-601A en base a una clasificación LPR cónyuge o padre hasta el 29 de agosto, 2016, y sólo se aceptará esa forma una vez que la forma I-130 ha sido aprobado, y el Centro Nacional de Visa comienza el transcurso para el proceso consular, con el pago inicial de las tasas necesarias por el solicitante, evidenciado por el Departamento de Estado de recibos. En esta ampliada regla, el USCIS no modifica la forma en que toma determinaciones con extrema dificultad o cómo se define dificultad extrema. En consistencia con la forma en la actualidad, USCIS toma determinaciones de dificultad extrema, el USCIS considera todos los factores y elementos de prueba que un solicitante presente con su solicitud de exención de presencia ilegal provisional.
Llame a lo oficina de Kuck Immigration Partners hoy para fijar su cita y empezar el proceso!

THE WAIT IS OVER --- Expansion of the Provisional Waiver Program is Finally Here!!

As we all know, in 2013, USCIS implemented the I-601a Provisional Waiver Program, which allows the spouses of U.S. citizens to file their waiver applications requesting forgiveness for their unlawful presence here in the United States, await an approval, and then depart for their scheduled interview only after the waiver is approved.  This was a significant change in the law because families were separated for a much shorter period of time, and there was much less fear associated with having to depart the U.S. for an interview – they knew they would be able to return with a green card.  The biggest downside of this newly implemented waiver was that it was only made available to spouses and children of U.S. citizens.  Until now!     

What does this latest announcement mean?

Until today’s announcement, only certain classes of immediate relatives with qualifying relatives (U.S. citizen spouses and parents) were eligible to file a Provisional Waiver Application.  USCIS just released the expanded version of the program, and applicants who have a lawful permanent resident spouse or parent are now eligible to file for this waiver!!  It is no longer a requirement that the individual wait for their qualifying family member to become a citizen before being eligible to file!  This new rule will go into effect as of August 29, 2016. 

As a reminder of the original rules, the waiver we are talking about is the waiver that is needed to be forgiven for the offense of accumulating unlawful presence in the United States.  Unlawful presence occurs when someone is not in lawful status in the United States, regardless of their mode of entry. Typically, individuals who come into the US with a visa retain the right to process for permanent residence in the United States if they are married to a U.S. Citizen, or have U.S. Citizen children who are over the age of 21.  On the other hand, individuals who entered the U.S. without inspection typically cannot file for a green card in the U.S.  Assuming they are otherwise eligible, this is where those individuals can benefit from the Provisional Waiver Program.  Those who are otherwise eligible must leave the U.S. and process for their permanent residence abroad.  But, as soon as they leave, because they have typically had more than one year of "unlawful presence (being illegal), they are then barred from returning to the United States for 10 years, as punishment for their unlawful entry and unlawful stay.  

Again, this regulation merely changes where and when the waiver can be applied for, and now it also changes the classes of individuals who are eligible.  It does NOT eliminate the need of the person to leave the United States to process for residence through their spouse or parent.  

As another important reminder, children are NOT qualifying relatives for purposes of the waiver of the three and ten year bars. Individuals who are currently in removal proceedings are eligible for submitting the waiver, IF their removal proceedings have been administratively closed and not re-calendared at the time of filing of the waiver request. Persons in this situation need to have their immigration court cases terminated or dismissed before leaving the US to avoid delays in returning at the consulate. 

What are some other changes in the expanded rule?

While the individual still has to be in the United States in order to file the waiver, there is no longer a restriction to the filing of the waiver if the applicant’s visa interview was scheduled before the effective date of the rule.  It is to be determined as to whether this new rule is retroactive, but it does not appear to be the case at this time.

Another significant change under these new expansion rules is that a person with a final order of removal may now file a 212 waiver of the removal order in the United States, and upon approval, move forward with the provisional waiver application.   

Have there been any changes to the process?

In summary, there have not been any changes to the process other than the eligibility requirements stated above.  The filing fee for the new waiver process is the same as it is for the current waiver process, $585, plus an additional $85 for the biometrics fee (though there is a proposed fee increase that will go into effect in the next 60 days, so check back).  USCIS will not accept a filing of the Form I-601A based on a qualifying LPR spouse or parent until August 29, 2016, and it will only accept that form once the I-130 has been approved, and the National Visa Center has begun the process for consular processing, with the necessary initial fees paid by the applicant, evidenced by the Department of State Visa Processing Fee Receipt.  In this expanded rule, USCIS does not modify how it makes extreme hardship determinations or how it defines extreme hardship.  Consistent with how USCIS currently makes extreme hardship determinations, USCIS will consider all factors and supporting evidence that an applicant submits with his or her provisional unlawful presence waiver application.  

Please contact Danielle M. Claffey at 404.949.8151, or by email at with any questions.