Immigration Blog


April 22, 2021

Good Moral Character For Citizenship Applications

USCIS requires any citizenship applicant to have at least five years of good moral character, or three years if the petitioner is currently married and living with a USC spouse. Such good moral character will need to be maintained throughout the time the application is pending and being processed, to the oath of allegiance. It […]


April 4, 2021


Naturalization/Citizenship is a process in which Legal Permanent Residents voluntarily apply to become an American Citizen.    Who can apply for Citizenship? There are many ways you can gain citizenship in the United States. Some of the ways are being born in the U.S, through the military, deriving citizenship from family members, or applying for […]


March 22, 2021

What is a Work Permit (Employment Authorization Document)?

A Work Permit, also known as employment authorization document (EAD) allows certain immigrants to legally work in the United States for a certain amount of time. The authorization itself does not grant immigration status, only permission to work, request a Social Security Number and a driver’s license, in case the applicant hasn’t been granted one […]


March 10, 2021

What is Parole In Place?

Parole In place is a discretionary program established during the Obama administration that allows parents, children or spouses of Military personnel or Veterans to obtain a lawful immigration status. A Parole in Place itself does not lead to any immigration status or other immigration benefit. After receiving Parole In Place, you can apply for a […]


December 7, 2020


INITIAL Dreamer DACA applications ARE being ACCEPTED. RENEWAL APPLICATIONS are being accepted. ADVANCE PAROLE applications are being accepted. Another court in Texas may make a decision that will impact DACA & Advance Parole so there may only be a small window of time to apply.  This court may make a decision on December 22, 2020.  […]


November 24, 2020

Overview of Immigration Court (Executive Office of Immigration Review – EOIR)

Immigration Court (aka:  Deportation Court) has a formal name called the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR).  Typically, an undocumented individual or a legal permanent resident or foreign national ends up in Immigration Court after detention at the border, after committing a crime, after having an application denied by Immigration (USCIS), after their visa has […]


October 27, 2020

The State of DACA (Dreamers)

After the US Supreme Court Decision, the Trump Administration could have allowed DACA to remain and could have accepted initial DACA requests.  Instead the Trump Administration wrote a memo about how DACA will be treated, for the time being, while the Administration reviews the policy.   Where does DACA (Dreamers) (Form i821D) stand right now:  […]


September 14, 2020

Work Permits Based On Filing Asylum Just Got Tougher

On August 25, 2020, new regulations went into effect that make obtaining a work permit based on filing an asylum application much tougher.  This aligns with the Trump Administration policy to make it tougher on those in the USA seeking asylum.  The period for filing for an asylum application work permit has gone from 180 […]


September 10, 2020

Covid 19 & Immigration

Delays, Delays, Delays   Portland Immigration Court (EOIR) For months, all non-detained hearings have been cancelled.  We typically get a few weeks notice of cancellations.  Currently, all non-detained hearings at the Portland, Oregon Immigration Court are cancelled through September 25, 2020.  The Immigration Court will re-schedule these hearings.  Cancellations for this period of time is […]


September 8, 2020

USCIS To Increase Fees On Most Application Beginning October 2, 2020

USCIS will begin fee increases beginning October 2, 2020.  Here are some notable fee increases: Family Petition Form i-130:  $25 increase from $535 to $560 Waiver Form i192 (often needed for the U visa):  $470 increase from $930 to $1400 Unlawful Presence Waiver Form i601a:  $330 increase from $630 + $85 biometric fee to $960 […]