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U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear DAPA appeal

by Administrator22. January 2016 11:12

On January 19, 2016, the United States Supreme Court agreed to review the Fifth Circuit's November 2015 decision upholding a Federal Texas District Court's decision to enjoin President Obama's executive order of November 2014 which sought to create a new class of deferred action - Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) - and expand eligibility under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling prior to the end of President Obama's presidency in January of 2017. 


Fifth Circuit upholds injunction against DAPA and extended DACA

by Administrator30. November 2015 14:36

On November 10, 2015, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2 to 1 decision, upheld the injunction of federal district court judge in Texas which blocked President Obama's executive order of November 20, 2014, which created Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) and expanded eligibility for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The Fifth Circuit disagreed with the administration's position and held the programs would impose significant hardship on State governments and that the administration did not show that it would irreparably harmed if the programs were further delayed.

On November 20, 2015, the Obama Administration filed a writ of certiorari with the Supreme Court asking that the highest court consider the Fifth Circuit's decision. The Supreme Court is not obligated to hear an appeal. If the Court grants the writ, the Court would have to rule on DAPA/DACA before June of 2016. Otherwise, any decision from the Supreme Court may be rendered moot by President Obama's successor.  


Ohio's new driver's license program - drastic limits on eligibility

by Administrator21. October 2015 09:35

After initiating a program that most believed would dramatically increase driver's license eligibility for foreign nationals residing in Ohio possessing certain receipt notices, as outline in the previous post, the policy has clarified to only allow foreign nationals with proof of legal entry and presence in the U.S to obtain a driver's license through the Ohio BMV. Specifically, along with one of the previously mentioned receipt notices, a foreign national wishing to obtain a driver's license in Ohio must also provide all of the following documents:


1. A valid passport issued by the foreign national's home country;


2. A visa;


3. I-94;


4. Social security card (if applicable); and


5. Current proof of Ohio residence.


Eligibility for Ohio Driver's License with certain receipt notices

by Administrator26. August 2015 09:18

Pursuant to a new policy change in Ohio, it may now be possible for certain foreign nationals with pending cases before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to apply for a Driver’s License or State Identification Card with receipt notices including:


I-129 (Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker); I-130 (Petition for Alien Relative); I-140 (Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker); I-360 (Petition for Special Immigrant); I-485 (Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status); I-539 (Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status); I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization); and I-821 (Application for Temporary Protected Status or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).


In addition to a receipt notice for one of the above-referenced petitions, the foreign national must also bring valid photo identification (such as a passport or consular identification card) and a letter from their employer when applying for a Driver’s License or State Identification Card at their local Ohio BMV/Driver’s License Office.  Applicants are cautioned to read all forms carefully and do not misrepresent any information regarding your current immigration status. If you should have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.  


USCIS Recalls Three-Year Work Authorization Permits

by Administrator6. August 2015 11:09

Following President Obama's November 20, 2014 Executive Order, USCIS issued three-year work authorization cards to recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). However, following a Texas Federal Judge's injunction of President Obama's order and the Fifth Circuit's affirmation of the same, USCIS recalled the three-year work permits issued after February 16, 2015, the date of the injunction. DACA recipients who obtained their three-year work authorization prior to February 16, 2015 remain unaffected. 


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