This Crisis Will Pass – Trump’s Changes Will Stay Longer

by W. John Vandenberg

“A crise vai passar,” the crisis will pass.  Those are the words I hear over and over in the Brazilian and other immigrant communities, and it is true that this pandemic will pass.  However, during the time of COVID-19, there have been many changes in immigration that affect the immigrant community, and these changes are likely to last longer than the pandemic.

covid virus picFirst, all USCIS offices are closed until at least June 4, so no interviews for greencards or naturalization.  The embassies and consulatesare closed as well, so no one is receiving a visa.  Immigration courts for non-detained cases are closed, too, until June 12, which for some immigrants is great news, but for others means they will wait months or even years for their hearing.  Everything will be rescheduled, of course.  But until then, everything is on hold.

Second, USCIS is now requiring the form I-944 Declaration of Self Sufficiency for all adjustments.  This is a huge change.  Before, a sponsor needed only provide an I-864 Affidavit of Support for their family members.  Now, with the I-944, USCIS added a massive burden of time and documentation, requiring tax transcripts for household members, health insurance policies, proof of current income, prior employment history, a credit score and report for the immigrant, proof of English proficiency, education, and more to prove the immigrant will not become a “public charge.”red tape photo

Third, the Trump Administration is using the COVID-19 pandemic to slow and even stop legal immigration.  The April 22 Presidential Proclamation is just the start.  Currently, it only affects immigrants overseas who don’t have an immigrant visa.  The Proclamation is clearly not about protecting American workers; how does banning parents and siblings of U.S. citizens and the spouses and children of Lawful Permanent Residents save jobs?  Remember also that President Trump said he is going to issue additional measures after 60 days.  And he certainly will.

But now is not the time to be afraid.  Now is the time to be steadfast, keep filing applications, and work intelligently.  Even though USCIS offices are closed, USCIS Service Centers still operating, issuing work cards and processing cases.  For immigrants who were anxious for their day in Court, Motions can be filed to move rescheduled hearings to an earlier date.  Immigrants with weak cases have gained time to build a stronger case, or hope for a favorable change in the law or even a new, kinder President.  Regarding the I-944, our office is already filing these, and it is a good time to do so.  USCIS officers are still learning how to adjudicate these forms, so they are likely to not judge too harshly, and early applicants will be better able to argue their case.  And for the Proclamation, being bold will pay dividends.  With the Trump Administration looking to ban additional classes of immigrants and nonimmigrants over the next few months, the sooner applications are filed, the better.

In this time of change and uncertainty, our team is here to help. We are still scheduling consultations by Whatsapp, Facetime, Skype, and phone.  And once our office is allowed to reopen, we can’t wait to see our current and future clients again and represent you in your immigration journey.

If you need legal advice, or would like to review your immigration options, please contact our office at (610) 664-6271 or visit our website to schedule a consultation. 

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Обновленная информация о Президентской Прокламации (декларации) от 22 апреля о приостановлении въезда иммигрантов

Как вы все уже знаете, президент Трамп подписал Президентскую Прокламацию, согласно которой 23 апреля в 23:59 было приостановлено въезд в Соединенные Штаты определенных категорий иммигрантов.
trump at white houseТак что это значит для вас, вашей семьи или вашего бизнеса?  Как и во многих вещах в жизни, некоторым иммигрантам повезло, некоторым не повезло, а некоторым, вероятно, не хватает времени.
Во-первых, кому повезло, он не включен в эту Прокламацию:
  • Все владельцы неиммиграционных виз.  Это означает, что если у вас есть виза H-1B, виза TN, студенческая виза F-1, виза жениха K-1, даже виза для посетителей B-2, вам не будет разрешен въезд.  Потому что владельцы неиммиграционных виз не являются иммигрантами.
   • Люди уже в Соединенных Штатах.
Таким образом, если у вас есть заявка, ожидающая получения семейной или основанной на трудоустройстве гринкарты, вы все равно получите ее, пока человек, который получит гринкарту, находится здесь, в Соединенных Штатах.  И на данный момент Прокламация не мешает вам подать заявку на семейную или основанную на работе гринкарту (и сейчас, вероятно, самое подходящее время).
 • Лица, которые уже имеют гринкарту или уже имеют в своем паспорте штамп иммиграционной визы, действительный по состоянию на 23 апреля.
 • Супруги и дети (в том числе усыновленные) граждан США, в том числе военнослужащие США.
 • Лица (со своими супругами и детьми), которые иммигрируют в Соединенные Штаты, являются медицинскими работниками, исследователями или приезжают для борьбы с COVID-19.
  • Инвесторы-иммигранты EB-5.
  • Определенные иммигранты, то есть переводчики для американских сил за рубежом, которые имеют на это право.
  • Беженцы и просители убежища.
  • Лица, которых определяет правительство, должны быть допущены в правоохранительных целях или в национальных интересах.
Во-вторых, кому не повезло, и они включены в Президентскую Прокламацию:
  • Родители, взрослые дети, братья и сестры граждан США.  Ожидание уже, вероятно, было очень долгим.  Просто стало длиннее.
  • Супруга, взрослые дети и дети законных постоянных жителей США.
  • Лица, которые завершили все для Консульской Обработки и были одобрены, но еще не получили свой паспорт с визовой печатью.
В-третьих, кто занят?  В Президентской Прокламации говорится, что Министры труда и Внутренней безопасности должны в течение 30 дней доложить ему о том, должен ли он ограничить количество неиммиграционных рабочих виз, таких как H-1B и TN.  В Администрации Трампа мы все можем предположить, что эти секретари Кабинета министров, вероятно, сочтут, что ограничение неиммиграционных рабочих виз оправдано, – и попытаются ограничить их въезд.  Таким образом, мы можем вскоре увидеть вторую Прокламацию, очень похожую на мусульманский запрет, который прошел три итерации, прежде чем он прошел рассмотрение Верховного суда.
В это время, если вам повезло, сделайте все возможное, чтобы добиться прогресса в вашем деле.  Если вам не повезло, оставайтесь на месте: иммиграция, как и погода в Западном Техасе, постоянно меняется, и ситуация может улучшиться (или ухудшиться) без особого уведомления.  И если вы заняты, это хорошая идея чтобы оценить ваши варианты и посмотреть, есть ли что-нибудь, что вы можете сделать, чтобы опередить следующую Прокламацию.
Если вам нужна юридическая консультация или вы хотите пересмотреть варианты иммиграции, свяжитесь с нашим офисом по телефону (484) 506-8419, чтобы назначить консультацию.
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Update on the April 22 Presidential Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants

by W. John Yahya Vandenberg

As you all know by now, President Trump signed his Presidential Proclamation which, as of 11:59pm on April 23, suspended entry to the United States by certain categories of immigrants.

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So what does it mean for you, your family, or your business?  As in many things in life, some immigrants were lucky, some were unlucky, and some are probably on borrowed time.



First, who got lucky, and is not included in this Proclamation:

  • All non-immigrant visa holders. That means if you have an H-1B visa, a TN visa, an F-1 student visa, a K-1 fiance visa, even a B-2 visitors visa, you are not barred from entry. Because non-immigrant visa holders are not immigrants.
  • Persons already inside the United States. So if you have an application pending for a family or employment-based greencard, you will still receive it, so long as the person who will get the greencard is here in the United States.  And as of now, the Proclamation does not prevent you from applying for a family or work-based greencard (and now is probably a good time).
  • Persons who already have their greencard, or already have the immigrant visa stamp in their passport, valid as of April 23rd.
  • Spouses and children (including adopted children) of U.S. citizens, including members of the U.S. military.
  • Persons (with their spouses and children) who are immigrating to the United States who are a healthcare professional, researcher, or coming to combat COVID-19.
  • EB-5 Immigrant Investors.
  • Special Immigrants, essentially meaning interpreters for U.S. forces abroad who qualify.
  • Refugees and asylum seekers.
  • Persons who the government determines should be admitted for law enforcement purposes or in the national interest.

Second, who didn’t get lucky, and are included in the Presidential Proclamation:

  • Parents, adult children, brothers, and sisters of U.S. citizens.  The wait has already likely been very long.  It just got longer.
  • Spouse, adult children, and children of U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents.
  • Persons who had completed everything for Consular Processing, and were approved, but didn’t get their passport back yet with the visa stamp.

Third, who is on borrowed time?  The Presidential Proclamation states that the Secretaries of Labor and Homeland Security must report back to him in 30 days on whether he should restrict the number of nonimmigrant work visas, like H-1B’s and TN’s.  In the Trump Administration, we can all surmise that these Cabinet Secretaries will likely find that the restriction of nonimmigrant work visas is warranted – and try to limit their entry.  So we may soon see a second Proclamation, much like the Muslim Ban that went through three iterations before it passed Supreme Court review.

At this time, if you got lucky, do everything you can to make progress in your case.  If you didn’t get lucky, stand by: immigration, like the weather in West Texas, changes constantly, and things may get better (or worse) with little notice.  And if you are on borrowed time, it’s a good idea to evaluate your options and see if there is anything you can do to stay ahead of the next Proclamation.

If you need legal advice, or would like to review your immigration options, please contact our office at (610) 664-6271 to schedule a consultation. 

The information provided on this website does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information, content, and materials available on this site are for general informational purposes only.  Information on this website may not constitute the most up-to-date legal or other information.  Readers of this blog should contact our office or their own attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular legal matter.  No reader, user, or browser of this site should act or refrain from acting on the basis of information on this site without first seeking legal advice from counsel in the relevant jurisdiction.  Only your individual attorney can provide assurances that the information contained herein – and your interpretation of it – is applicable or appropriate to your particular situation.  Use of, and access to, this website or any of the links or resources contained within the site do not create an attorney-client relationship between the reader, user, or browser and the law firm of Hogan & Vandenberg or its employees. 

HIV+? Wait here, please….

by W. John Vandenberg

We all know that HIV is no longer a ground of inadmissibility, meaning it can’t block you from getting a visa to the United States. But this year, in March of 2014, the CDC decided that persons with HIV must get a special TB test. And this particular test takes 6-8 weeks for results! The first step is to have a “sputum test” administered on 3 consecutive business days to get the process started. CDC.  Then they are going to wait 60 days to see if the cultures are positive.

We understand the reason for testing — TB is a serious disease.  And we understand that persons who are HIV+ may show a false negative.  But aren’t the x-rays determinative of an active TB infection?  And there is no reason that an HIV+ person can’t take the same TB test as everyone else.

So, for those who are expecting a loved one to process overseas who is HIV+, don’t worry — they’ll get home.  But just make sure you don’t purchase any tickets or flowers for the airport until they actually get here — two months later than just about everyone else…

Annual conference Highlights and Notes – Wednesday, Day 1

By W. John Vandenberg

Hello, Readers!  This week, Hogan and Vandenberg is at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) Annual Conference in Boston.  We’ll be blogging about the updates we learn while here.

Day 1 was Wednesday.  Since I’m on the AILA Philadelphia Executive Committee, we receive leadership training that includes legislative updates.

So, here’s the bad news.  Not a lot of optimism about Comprehensive Immigration Reform (“CIR”) (see my subsequent post).  Indeed, the number of recent posts from AILA regarding immigration reform have become fewer and farther between.  Not a good sign.  While in soccer and politics, anything is possible (what happened with Spain?!?!?!), it seems we’re not going to have big news for 2014.

But here’s something that may help YOU to change that.  You can become even more active, and AILA will give you the tools.  Even though you have to be an immigration attorney in good standing to join AILA, anyone can access their Congressional advocacy page.  It has a ton of useful information, including Immigration Politics.  It also has very useful information about each Representative and Senator, including their voting history on immigration bills and even personal history about her or him, which you can use for research and to find out ways you can get to know them better, such as reaching out to alumni or members of the same denomination.  Want to keep up on votes?  Want to learn more about bills that have made it out of committee?  Go here and put in your zip code — then you’ll learn more!

Wednesday was also a good day because I got a chance to give a presentation on Temporary Protected Status, which of course got into adjustment based on Matter of Arrabally.  Different USCIS District Offices are adjudicating these in different manners.  But regardless, it is clear that DACA and TPS recipients are benefitting greatly from advance parole as a way to visit their families and loved ones.  And, upon return, seek Adjustment of Status.

Looking forward, there is a lot of speculation that President Obama could go ahead and make some immigration reform if Congress won’t address it.  One way he could fix it and give relief to millions of families would be to issue Parole in Place (“PIP”) to undocumented immigrants.  This would allow thousands more to gain status through Adjustment, and would give them enough legal status to prevent deportation.  Unfortunately, so far, no word on whether this potential fix will become a reality.

Stay tuned for more updates!




Provisional Waivers — What is “Extreme Hardship?”

W. John Yahya Vandenberg, Esq.

In our previous post we dealt with Provisional Waivers.  So our readers should have a pretty good idea of who may qualify to file one; if you don’t, our article and the fact sheet from the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (“USCIS”) can be found here.

But the next issue with Provisional Waivers, if you meet the criteria to file one, is that the immigrant has to show “extreme hardship.”  Now, what is “extreme hardship?”  That’s a legal matter, and if you haven’t made up your mind to get a good, experienced immigration attorney to help you, I hope this article will encourage you to do so.

Here’s why: “extreme hardship” in the case of Provisional Waivers will only accept “extreme hardship” to the U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident (a greencard holder, also called an “LPR”) spouse or parent of the immigrant.  That means that if the immigrant needing a Provisional Waiver is the single mother of 10 U.S. citizen children, and her parents have died, she is not going to be able to get a Provisional Waiver no matter how sorry the USCIS officer feels for her.  Hardship to the immigrant his or herself doesn’t count; USCIS generally just doesn’t care, at least for the purposes of a waiver.  And hardship to U.S. citizen or LPR children doesn’t count directly, either.  Bottom line: no U.S. citizen or LPR spouse or parent, no Provisional Waiver.

Now, if the immigrant does have a qualifying relative – a U.S. Citizen or LPR spouse or parent, they get to the next step: a chance to demonstrate that if they leave the qualifying relative in the USA alone, or the qualifying relative relocates to the foreign country, the qualifying relative will experience “extreme hardship.”

What is extreme hardship?  That’s a nebulous term that is more often determined by what it’s not.  The USCIS is quick to point out that extreme hardship is not “the normal hardship” that one would expect a spouse or parent to experience if the immigrant doesn’t get the waiver.  “Normal hardship” is generally viewed by USCIS as economic disadvantage, inability to maintain one’s present standard of living, separation from family members, or cultural readjustment.  These “normal hardships” alone won’t generally constitute “extreme hardship.”

Helpfully, we do have some guidance on the factors that can show “extreme hardship.”  The classic analysis for “extreme hardship” is set out in the precedential case Matter of Cervantes-Gonzales.  There, the Board of Immigration Appeals set out the standards taken into account.  They are:

1)      If the immigrant has U.S. citizen or LPR family members, and how many;

2)      The qualifying relative’s family ties outside the United States;

3)      The country conditions where the qualifying relative would have to relocate, and their ties to that country, if any;

4)      The financial impact that the qualifying relative and/or the immigrant’s departure from the United States will cause;

5)      Significant conditions of health in the qualifying relative, particularly when tied to the unavailability of suitable medical care in the foreign country.

This list is not exhaustive, but it’s where the USCIS will start when analyzing an I-601A Provisional Waiver application seeking approval based on “extreme hardship.”  Not all of the factors have to be in the immigrant’s favor to get an approval, and the list is not all-inclusive.

It is also good to keep in mind that the above factors, and others, can also demonstrate “extreme hardship” when they are taken in the aggregate.  So there is a “totality” of the factors that is taken into account.  This means even though the qualifying relative may not have any one big, serious hardship, if they can show a lot of lesser ones, they may still meet the “extreme hardship” standard.

So what do you do, Mr. Vandenberg, when someone asks us if they qualify for a Provisional Waiver?  Well, the first thing we do is run through the qualifying factors we write about above.  Does the immigrant meet the qualifications for a Provisional Waiver?  If yes, we move to the next question: does the immigrant have one or more “qualifying relatives?”  If yes, then we go through the Cervantes Gonzales factors above.  We also have our own checklist, and here’s what I’ll be particularly interested in:

1)      If the immigrant has U.S. citizen or LPR relatives in the USA, how many do they have?  Are they all, or are many of them, willing to write a letter about how much the immigrant means to them and the qualifying relative(s)?

2)      What kind of health problems – physical, mental, emotional – do the immigrants’ relatives have?  Remember also that the qualifying relative doesn’t necessarily have to have a health problem.  The problem could be of someone who is not a qualifying relative, but someone the qualifying relative must care for.  For example, an immigrant’s wife may have to care for her ailing and elderly parent.  Or their sick child, or child who has autism or a learning disability.  And I’ll need to research if that condition be adequately treated in the foreign country.  This factor can provide very strong support for a waiver if the illness is serious and supported by trustworthy evidence.

3)      What does the qualifying relative do for the community?  Is the qualifying relative a nurse?  A social worker?  Someone who volunteers their time for their mosque or church or synagogue, or a local community organization? This is viewed very positively by USCIS, and also demonstrates the loss to the community if the waiver is not granted and the qualifying relative relocates to the foreign country.  And if the immigrant themselves is an integral part of the community it can at least be considered as a matter of discretion by USCIS.

4)      What are the education and/or career disruptions to the qualifying relative?  This can also be very powerful for demonstrating “extreme hardship.”  We might be able to argue that the if qualifying relative is without the immigrant, they will neither be able to complete a degree they are working on, nor be able to complete it in the foreign country because of language, cultural, or equivalency issues.  Or perhaps their degree or experience is only useful in the United States, no they would be unable to obtain meaningful work in the foreign country.

5)      Would there be serious financial problems caused by leaving the USA to be with the immigrant, or staying here alone?  Is a mortgage going to go into default?  Is the family going to lose their car or apartment?  Will a spouse or child have to drop out of school to help the family support itself?  While merely having to change a standard of living is not usually “extreme hardship,” losing a home or significant property or assets would likely rise to extreme hardship.

6)      What are social or cultural conditions like in the home country for the qualifying relative?   Is sexual harassment in the workplace rampant and generally accepted?  Are female students given the same chance to attend school and succeed as male students?  Would the qualifying relative be able to function if they don’t speak the language?

7)      What are the political conditions?  Is it a real possibility that if the qualifying relative relocates to the foreign country they could be targeted for political violence?  Is there a difference of religion, or a danger just in being identifiably an “American?”

Once we have the answers to these questions – and usually many more that come about because of the immigrants’ answers – we’re ready to move on to the hard work: proving it.

You can’t just fill out an I-601 form, pay the fee, and send in a letter that the qualifying relatives are really going to miss the immigrant.  A good, successful waiver application is a mix of “subjective” and “objective” evidence.  The affidavits (sworn statements) of the qualifying relative(s), other family members, witnesses, and professionals serve as a type of evidence, and help the USCIS understand the documentation.  The words in an affidavit may be personal views, but even so they can be taken into account.  The key to making those affidavits truly work as persuasive evidence is to accompany them with good quality evidence.

Talk is cheap when it comes to waivers.  USCIS officers have read more than a few exaggerations or even outright lies, so they can be skeptical.  To get an approval, the immigrant is going to have to prove each and every hardship.  Does the qualifying relative have a medical problem or disability?  USCIS wants to see the medical records and a detailed letter from the physician.  Your house is going to be foreclosed without the immigrant’s income? USCIS is going to have to see the mortgage paperwork, details of all your bills and income, and exactly how much money comes in and where it goes.  Qualifying relative suffers from depression?  USCIS will generally only give real weight to proof that shows that depression has been present over a longer term, and a one-time visit to a psychologist who you paid for an “evaluation” is unlikely to be trusted.

And a word to everyone here about proof.  USCIS officers are by and large good folks.  They believe in doing the right thing.  They are good at what they do, and don’t like it when applicants treat them as if they are foolish or gullible.  The USCIS officers believe, like most everyone else, that honesty is the best policy.  ALWAYS be truthful in everything you tell or submit to immigration, and to your lawyer for that matter.  If any lawyer ever asks you to lie about something, or they tell a lie, then immediately go to someone else.  Lying does not have any part in the immigration process, including waivers.  If you can’t tell the truth, you shouldn’t be submitting anything to USCIS or any other government agency for that matter.  And if your lawyer can’t give you a good chance of success by telling the truth, that means they are a bad lawyer, or just a crook who’s only after your money. To learn more about these crooks, the damage they cause, and how to spot them, go to the AILA’s Stop Notario Fraud website.

We are well aware that waivers are difficult.  We have had success with our waivers both locally and overseas.  Here is an I-601 Waiver Grant for Unlawful Presence by the AAO that we won; it shows how an actual USCIS adjudicator examined extreme hardship in a real case.  Our client, from El Salvador, was on Temporary Protected Status.  His wife is a U.S. citizen.  In order to get his greencard, he traveled back to El Salvador and came back for his adjustment of status (greencard) interview.  This exit and re-entry using Advance Parole made him eligible for Adjustment of Status, but triggered the 10 year bar due to unlawful presence (note that today, after Matter of Arabally and Yerrabelly was issued on April 17, 2012, that one brief, casual, and innocent trip abroad wouldn’t be a problem).  USCIS Philadelphia denied his greencard, saying he didn’t show “extreme hardship.”  We disagreed, so we appealed it to the USCIS Administrative Appeals Office.  After a long wait, the Administrative Appeals Office sided with us, found extreme hardship, and sent the file back to Philadelphia.  Today, our client has his greencard because we showed extreme hardship in his case.

The Provisional Waiver program is trickier than the above client’s case.  For starters, there is no appeal if your Provisional Waiver is denied.  If you are denied, you are not eligible any more for the program.  You would at that point be stuck with the regular processing as it is now – meaning a long wait in the foreign country, if you still wished to proceed.

The bottom line: if you believe you or someone you know qualifies for the Provisional Waiver program, contact us and let’s sit down for a consultation.  We have coloring books for your children, my office is quiet, and we can see if the Provisional Waiver program works for you.  If you only speak Spanish, or Portuguese, or French, or Arabic, or Urdu, we have translators on staff.  The Provisional Waiver program is one of the most significant USCIS policy changes in a decade, and it’s important to utilize its full, humanitarian use.  However, even if you or your loved one do not qualify, a consultation is still a good idea.  There may be other options that we can explore; perhaps a waiver isn’t even necessary, or there is a better option.  Or my advice may be to just wait and see what happens next; Comprehensive Immigration Reform may be coming, and if it is, it will help even more families stay strong together.

February 2013 Visa Bulletin is out!

The Visa Bulletin for February 2013 is out. It’s a slog.

Family Categories (F-1 to F-4) moved a month or less. Tough news for families, especially the spouses and children of U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents.

For Employment-based categories, EB-1 remains current across the board. For other non-Indian or Chinese workers, the EB-2 category (advanced degrees) remains current, and the 3rd preference (skiilled workers) moved up a month, to 15March07. For Indian EB-2 workers, there is no movement; EB-3 workers saw it progress a week. For Chinese EB-2 workers, the new priority date is 15Jan08, showing a month progress; Chinese EB-3 workers got a month and a half of progress, to 15NOV06.

Congress, I think we can do better than keeping all these folks in line for years, working hard for the United States and our people and economy. They are playing by the rules, and give us their best skills and years. Give’em the greencard, let’em pay taxes, buy houses and goods, and raise their children here. That’s the story of American success, always has been.