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Palmer Polaski Immigration Alerts

The following is a summary of an article by Bailey Berg at, published on November 2nd, 2023. For those planning international travel and in need of a new passport or renewal, it is advisable to apply well in advance due to the current wait times of eight to 11 weeks for U.S. passports. The […]

Given the upcoming federal elections in 2024, eligible lawful permanent residents who desire to participate by voting will need to apply for naturalization in the coming weeks if they wish to become citizens in time to register to vote. While the process typically takes about 12 months, sometimes it takes even longer, depending on individual […]

In May 2023, DHS announced their new family reunification parole (FRP) process, which is available by invitation only to certain petitioners who filed an approved Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, on behalf of a principal beneficiary who is a national of Colombia, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, or Honduras, and their immediate family members. These […]

PERM applications involve multiple steps that require attention to detail and strict adherence to regulations. The process can be confusing for petitioning employers, as the PERM application and recruitment process is unlikely to have much similarity to the employer’s normal hiring process. The process is fraught with potential pitfalls, including those discussed below. True Minimum […]

In an effort to make their process more streamlined online, USCIS has implemented online biometrics rescheduling. This tool allows benefit requestors—and their attorneys and accredited representatives—to reschedule biometric services appointments online rather than calling the USCIS Contact Center. This may help avoid untimely rescheduling. The creation of this online tool demonstrates USCIS’s strive to improve […]

Many foreign nationals might mistakenly think that once they’ve secured their permanent resident card (green card), it is not possible to lose their permanent status. However, multiple and prolonged absences from the United States may jeopardize a foreign national’s legal permanent resident (LPR) status, and could disqualify them for naturalization. U.S. immigration law assumes that […]

On September 13, 2023, a federal judge again declared that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was unlawful. Specifically, the court held that the attempt by the Biden Administration to codify the DACA policy into federal regulation is not permitted by law. While Judge Hanen deemed the program unlawful, this decision did not […]

Marijuana possession, while considered to be innocuous by many, can present risks to permanent residents and those seeking admission to the United States. While many states have decriminalized or legalized the possession of marijuana, it remains a federal offense to possess marijuana and it continues to have immigration consequences. Both individuals seeking to become permanent […]

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was created to promote open, transparent government. The Act has provided people the right to request access to records from any federal agency, including USCIS. FOIA states that any person has the right to request records or information from federal agencies. Under the FOIA, federal agencies are required to […]

On July 31, 2023, USCIS completed a second round of selections of H-1B registrations for the 2024 fiscal year. USCIS selected an additional 77,600 registrations in the second selection. In the first round, USCIS had selected 110,791 registrations to reach the 85,000 annual limit. The second round of selections indicates that USCIS anticipates a lower […]


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