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Immigration Guide - April 2022

Dear Clients, Friends and Colleagues:

This month, we put the spotlight on Temporary Protected Status or TPS. A foreign country may be designated as TPS due to conditions in the country, such as war, that will temporarily prevent the country’s nationals from returning safely, or, in certain circumstances, if the country is inadequately able to handle the return of its nationals. Recently, the Department of Homeland Security has added Ukraine, Sudan, Cameroon and Afghanistan on the TPS list. This means eligible nationals from these countries who are already in the United States can be granted TPS. Watch the video to know more.

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Countries designated for Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
If you are from one of these countries with TPS designation, and living in the United States without permanent citizenship, you may be able to stay with the protection of TPS.

Legal immigration to the U.S. partially rebounds as national and global borders reopen
The number of immigrants receiving green cards as new lawful U.S. permanent residents bounced back last year to pre-pandemic levels after plunging during the coronavirus outbreak, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of recently available government data. Green cards issued to immigrants already in the United States seeking to adjust their temporary status rebounded above pre-pandemic levels, while the number of green cards for new arrivals also grew but did not reach earlier totals.

U.S. starts to phase out pandemic-era immigration restriction
The Biden administration said it has begun phasing out use of a pandemic-related rule that allows migrants to be expelled without an opportunity to seek asylum as 22 states fight in court to preserve the policy. U.S. authorities have processed more single adults from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador in recent weeks under immigration laws, which include a right to seek asylum. The pandemic-related rule is set to expire May 23.

The U.S. needs more immigrants to care for frail older adults
The U.S. desperately needs more direct care workers to provide personal assistance to frail older adults and younger people with disabilities. Many native-born Americans were unwilling to do this work even before the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, shortages are far worse. 

H-1B, green card work visa bill advances after testy debate
The U.S. House Judiciary Committee has approved a bill to make it easier for H-1B workers from India, in particular, to get green cards. Although the Democratic sponsors called the bill bipartisan, debate with Republicans suggested a different story.

USCIS preparing to resume public services on June 4
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is preparing some domestic offices to reopen and resume non-emergency public services on or after June 4. Offices will automatically reschedule asylum interviews that were cancelled during the temporary closures.

Ukraine, Sudan, Cameroon, Afghanistan: Registration Process for Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas previously announced the 18-month designation of Ukraine, Sudan, Cameroon and Afghanistan for TPS. The registration process for the three countries is ongoing. All individuals who want to request TPS under the designation of these four countries must file an application.

No more combo cards?
Are you a green card applicant with a pending I-485 adjustment of status application? If so, you may be expecting to receive an employment authorization document (EAD) and advance parole (AP) combo card. However, USCIS recently began issuing the two documents separately.

May 2022 Visa Bulletin
The EB-1 and EB-3 categories are current. There is slight forward movement for India in the EB-2 category.

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