Blog: ST Law’s Roundup

Happy New Year! A Note to You!

I wanted to send you a reflective note wishing you a Happy New Year! This is a great time of year to reflect on ST Law’s achievements in the past year and reflect on our aspirations for the future. Now is also the perfect time to let you know that your goals matter to me [..]

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USCIS Expands Guidance on Good Moral Character

The USCIS released an updated policy manual with expanded guidance on unlawful acts and how those unlawful acts can negatively impact a person’s good moral character (GMC) determination in a naturalization application. GMC has always been a vague area of law in immigration. The reason for this is, GMC is not statutorily defined. An officer [..]

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Application Fee Increases and Fee Waiver Changes

Application Fee Increases Well, another sweeping change is on its way. This time, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced its intention to increase numerous immigration application fees. Increased fees will include applications that traditionally did not require fees, such as asylum applications. The increase most notably creates a financial barrier to adjust status, [..]

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Public Charge Rule Still Going Into Effect At DOS

The new public charge rule has been temporarily blocked in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). However, a new public charge rule at the Department of State became effective on October 15, 2019. The rule makes it easier for Consular officers to deny low and middle [..]

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The New Expedited Removal (Deportation) Policy

In a bid to target immigrants living without documentation in the United States, the Trump administration has expanded the expedited removal policy to those who are undocumented and who fail to show continuous and physical presence in the U.S. for at least 2 years. The administration released notice of the change in policy on June [..]

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Know Your Rights When it Comes to ICE!

These are difficult times. It is hard but be sure to prepare for the worst. There have been reports that ICE will be targeting certain individuals for deportation in a massive round up all over the country. Be aware. If you notice ICE officers in your community please report it to Florida Immigrant Coalition by [..]

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Continuous Residence for U.S. Citizenship

You’ll need to maintain physical presence and continuous residence to establish eligibility for U.S. citizenship. This means that you must maintain a permanent residence in the United States, which should be the same place where you have established a domicile. You must show that you’ve maintained continuous residence for at least 5 years before the [..]

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