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In our ongoing commitment to keeping you informed about crucial developments in immigration and national security, we delve into the latest announcements and policy changes that can impact your immigration journey.

Whether you’re an immigrant, a visa applicant, or an employer seeking to navigate the complex landscape of U.S. immigration laws, our Louisiana-based team at Pelton + Balducci is here to provide you with the insights you need to stay informed and make well-informed decisions.

Join us as we break down the September updates from the Department of Homeland Security, helping you understand their implications and offering guidance to ensure your immigration goals remain on track.

September 2023 Department of Homeland Security Announcements

On September 20, DHS made several important announcements:

  • Re-designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Venezuela:
    The new designation is accessible to Venezuelan citizens who arrived in the U.S. on or before July 31, 2023. It’s estimated that nearly 500,000 people will benefit from the re-designation. Instructions for applying under the re-designation will be forthcoming in the Federal Register, as well as the USCIS website.
  • Accelerated Processing of Employment Authorization Documents for Parolees:
    The Biden Administration announced that it will accelerate processing of employment authorization documents (EADs) for parolees who scheduled an appointment through the CBP One application, as well as for those who have been paroled through the special Cuban, Haitian, Nicaraguan, and Venezuelan parole programs. USCIS aims to reduce median processing times from 90 days to 30 days.
  • Increased Validity of Certain Classes of Employment Authorization:
    USCIS will increase the maximum validity period of initial and renewal EADs for noncitizens, including:

    • Individuals admitted as refugees are granted asylum;
    • Recipients of withholding of removal;
    • Applicants for asylum, adjustment of status, or cancellation of removal.

DHS also stated more generally that it aims to speed processing of employment authorization document applications for those already eligible to work.

These are welcome steps; however, we have noticed significant dysfunction within the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and that it often falls short of deadlines, even when these deadlines are imposed by law.

It continues to be important to advocate with USCIS to ensure that one’s applications are handled timely and that USCIS lives up to the aspirations it announces.

Contact Pelton + Balducci Immigration Lawyers

At Pelton + Balducci, we understand that staying up-to-date with the ever-evolving landscape of immigration law is crucial. As 2023 comes to a close and new DHS announcements continue to shape the future, we encourage you to stay connected with us for in-depth analysis and guidance. Your immigration journey matters, and we’re here to provide the support you need.

For personalized advice and assistance tailored to your unique situation, don’t hesitate to reach out to our dedicated team of immigration professionals. Together, we can navigate the complexities of immigration law and work towards achieving your goals. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and ensure your immigration plans align with the latest DHS updates. Stay informed, stay prepared, and let Pelton + Balducci be your trusted partner in your immigration journey.

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