Social Security and YOU
By DEOGRACIAS SANTOS
For the past 79 years, Social Security has maintained its place as an American cornerstone. Secure as its foundation is, Social Security has also been at the forefront of change. As the face of America has evolved over the course of the last eight decades, so too has Social Security changed along with the needs of the nation.More >
Just a few weeks ago, the man to beat for the presidency was Jejomar “Jojo” Binay. As a sitting vice president, Binay had the advantage of incumbency. He used his position as second-in-command to President Benigno “P-Noy”
As I See It
By ELPIDIO R. ESTIOKO
With the high demand of technology in the classroom for schools to remain competitive in the 21st education century, are the teachers prepared to adapt to tech gadgets in their classroom instruction?
When Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares declared her candidacy for president of the Philippines, she confessed that she didn’t have the organization or the resources to run a presidential campaign. With no political party to provide the
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the renewal process for hundreds of thousands of young non-citizens who received a grant of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Renewal of DACA ensures current DACA holders will continue to be safe from deportation for another two-year period. In addition, they will continue to have work authorization and to be eligible to receive a social security number, and, in nearly every state, a driver’s license.
Q. Does this process apply to me if I am currently in removal proceedings, have a final removal order, or have a voluntary departure order?
A. This process is open to any individual who can demonstrate he or she meets the guidelines for consideration, including those who have never been in removal proceedings as well as those in removal proceedings, with a final order, or with a voluntary departure order (as long as they are not in immigration detention). If you are not in immigration detention and want to affirmatively request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals, you must submit your request to USCIS – not ICE – pursuant to the procedures outlined below. If you are currently in immigration detention and believe you meet the guidelines you should not request consideration of deferred action from USCIS but should identify yourself to your detention officer or contact the ICE Office of the Public Advocate through the Office’s hotline at 1-888-351-4024.
Q: What is deferred action?
A: Deferred action is a discretionary determination to defer a removal action of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion. For purposes of future inadmissibility based upon unlawful presence, an individual whose case has been deferred is not considered to be unlawfully present during the period in which deferred action is in effect. An individual who has received deferred action is authorized by DHS to be present in the United States, and is therefore considered by DHS to be lawfully present during the period deferred action is in effect. However, deferred action does not confer lawful status upon an individual, nor does it excuse any previous or subsequent periods of unlawful presence.
Q: What is DACA?
A: On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several key guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and would then be eligible for work authorization.
Individuals who can demonstrate through verifiable documentation that they meet these guidelines will be considered for deferred action. Determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis under the DACA guidelines.
Q: Are all DACA recipients eligible to renew?
A: USCIS has made clear that individuals who initially qualified for DACA will be eligible to renew unless they engaged in certain criminal activity, departed the country without the government’s permission, or stopped residing in the United States.
Q: Is there an age requirement for DACA renewal?
A: No one with DACA will be too old to renew – indeed, as previously explained, it is impossible to age-out of the DACA program.
Q: If the recipient has stopped going to school, will he still be eligible for renewal?
A: Individuals enrolled in school at the time of their initial application will not be disqualified if they had to stop attending to see to other life responsibilities.
Q: Can those seeking DACA grant for the first time still apply?
A: Despite the excitement around renewal, the 1.15 million potential DACA applicants who have not yet filed an initial application should not mistakenly conclude that the application period has ended. Indeed, the agency continues to accept roughly 10,000 new applications each month. Initial registration remains open.
1. On March 8, 2016, we received an approval of immigrant visa for a former crewman with whom we filed for provisional waiver.
2. On February 3, 2016, we received an approval from USCIS of naturalization for client who has an approved waiver of misrepresentation.
3. On January 28, 2016, we received an approval from USCIS for an I-360 self petition for abused spouse of U.S. citizen.
4. On January 26, 2016, we received an approval from USCIS for an adjustment of status for client with big age difference with the U.S. citizen spouse based on good faith marriage.
5. On December 18, 2015, we received an approval of petition for adoption that was previously denied because client did the petition by themselves.
6. On December 11, 2015, we received an approval of DACA for a client who was in removal proceedings.
7. On December 4, 2015, we received an approval of adjustment of status for a client who has three different names.
8. On November 20, 2015, we received an approval of adjustment of status for a client who was suspected of marriage by convenience.
9. On November 4, 2015, we received an approval of immigrant visa at the U.S. Consulate for the daughter of a client who was approved under VAWA.
10. On November 3, 2015, we received an approval of immigrant visa at the U.S. Consulate in Manila for a client who entered the U.S. as a seaman.
11. On October 29, 2015, we received an approval of I-751 from the Immigration Court for a client who married a U.S. citizen but the I-751 was previously denied by USCIS.
12. On October 27, 2015, we received an approval of adjustment of status for same sex marriage spouse beneficiary.
13. On October 9, 2015, we received an approval of a waiver in Immigration Court for a client who entered as single but actually married.
14. We have more success stories at our website at www.crispinlozanolaw.com
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