Month: September 2015

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Congratulations to our New Associate Attorney!

Breanne P. ComptonStern & Curray is pleased to announce that Breanne P. Compton has accepted a position as a permanent Associate Attorney. Breanne represents clients in all aspects of immigration law including employment visas, family-based matters, and removal defense.

“Breanne continues to impress us with her high-level legal analysis and dedication to clients,” said Emily Curray, Managing Partner of Stern & Curray. “We are delighted to have Breanne on our team.”

Prior to joining Stern & Curray, Breanne gained diverse experience through positions with the Colorado Public Defender’s Office, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, and the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network. She has worked at Stern & Curray since 2013, first as a law clerk, then as a law fellow.

Breanne completed her law degree at the University of Colorado College of Law in 2014. She is also a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University where she studied Latin American History and Social Justice.  You can learn more about Breanne on our website.

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Happy Constitution Day!

On September 17, 1787 at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, delegates from the Constitutional Convention signed the United States Constitution, the fundamental framework of our government.  Today our nation celebrates Constitution Day along with Citizenship Day as part of an extended Constitution Week celebration.  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is celebrating Constitution Day and Citizenship Day with a number of naturalization ceremonies being administered across the country.  This year 36,000 foreign nationals will become U.S. citizens in over 200 naturalization ceremonies being held between today and September 23rd.  Happy Constitution Day!

If you are a lawful permanent resident seeking to naturalize and become a U.S. citizen, contact us for a consultation.

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Changes to Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the U.S. Department of State announced that the Visa Bulletin is being modified so that foreign nationals who are waiting in the immigrant visa backlogs may begin their adjustment of status applications before their priority date becomes current.

In particular, instead of having only one visa priority date chart there will now be two charts per visa preference category.  These charts are labeled:  (1) “Dates for filing Applications,” which is the earliest date when an applicant is deemed eligible to apply for their immigrant visa; and (2) “Application for Final Action Dates,” which states the date when the immigrant visa can actually be issued.  This will affect foreign nationals who are waiting in the immigrant visa backlogs in that they will be able to submit their applications for consideration earlier than in the past.

These changes take effect beginning with the October Visa Bulletin.

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Yemen Designated for TPS

Today the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) stated that the Republic of Yemen has been designated for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) due to severe violence and ongoing armed conflict.  This designation begins today and will run for a period of 18 months, or until March 3, 2017.

Yemeni nationals physically present and residing in the United States since September 3, 2015 should consult our office to discuss eligibility for TPS and the application process.

TPS may be granted to foreign nationals who are present in the United States when disaster hits their home country or when conditions in their home country prevent safe return. TPS is granted for temporary conditions such as civil war and/or armed conflict and environmental disasters.

While a foreign national holds TPS, he or she:

  • may not be removed from the United States;
  • may apply for employment authorization; and
  • may be granted travel authorization.

TPS is a temporary grant of lawful immigration status in the United States that does not lead to citizenship, permanent residence, or any other immigration status.