USCIS Develops Tools to Help Foreign Entrepreneurs Create and Grow Businesses in the United States

Marcela C. Rodríguez Esq.
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USCIS Develops Tools to Help Foreign Entrepreneurs Create and Grow Businesses in the United States

“U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas marked a significant milestone for the USCIS Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR) initiative by launching an online resource center today at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship in Cambridge, Mass. The resource center, Entrepreneur Pathways, provides entrepreneurs who seek to start a business in the United States an intuitive way to navigate the immigration process.

“Through our innovative Entrepreneurs in Residence initiative, we are working to realize our current immigration system’s full potential to attract and retain startup enterprises that promote innovation and spur job creation in America,” said Director Alejandro Mayorkas. “The first phase has already led to unique improvements in our programs and enabled us to better serve immigrant entrepreneurs.”

Launched earlier this year at an Information Summit in Silicon Valley, the EIR initiative draws on industry expertise to strengthen USCIS policies and practices critical to American economic growth. The team comprised startup business experts and USCIS immigration experts working collaboratively over a short period of time to streamline pathways for a range of existing nonimmigrant visa categories often used by entrepreneurs.
“This initiative is so innovative and progressive. It’s all about finding pragmatic solutions,” said EIR team member and Vice President of Strategic and Community Development and Chief Ecosystem Builder at SoftLayer Technologies Paul Ford. “USCIS’s officers and leadership clearly want to deliver quality services to people who want to invest, work and live in the United States. They have embraced our input and did something with it.”

In addition to creating Entrepreneur Pathways, the EIR team:
· Developed and deployed a training workshop for USCIS employment-based immigration officers that focuses on startup businesses and the environment for early-stage innovations;

· Trained a team of specialized immigration officers to handle entrepreneur and startup cases;

· Modified Request for Evidence templates for certain nonimmigrant visa categories to incorporate new types of relevant evidence into the adjudicative process; and

· Developed a plan for quarterly engagements with the entrepreneurial community to ensure that USCIS stays current with industry practices.

To sustain the momentum and build on the team’s accomplishments, USCIS extended the EIR project through April 2013. Among other things, the team will expand its focus to immigrant visa pathways that may enable foreign entrepreneurs to start a business in the United States within current immigration law.”

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USCIS Announces Extension for TPS for Hondurans

Marcela C. Rodríguez Esq.
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USCIS Announces Extension for TPS for Hondurans

“Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Honduras for an additional 18 months, beginning July 6, 2013, and ending Jan. 5, 2015.

Current Honduran beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from April 3, 2013, through June 3, 2013. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) encourages beneficiaries to register as soon as possible once the 60-day re-registration period begins. Applications will not be accepted before April 3, 2013.

The 18-month extension also allows TPS re-registrants to apply for a new employment authorization document (EAD). Eligible Honduran TPS beneficiaries who request an EAD and meet the re-registration deadline will receive a new EAD with an expiration date of Jan. 5, 2015. USCIS recognizes that some re-registrants may not receive their new EADs until after their current EADs expire. Therefore, USCIS is automatically extending current TPS Honduras EADs that have a July 5, 2013, expiration date for an additional six months. These existing EADs are now valid through Jan. 5, 2014.

To re-register, current TPS beneficiaries must submit Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status. TPS re-registrants must also submit Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, but no application fee is required if the re-registrant does not want an EAD. Re-registrants do not need to pay the Form I-821 application fee, but they must submit the biometric services fee, or a fee waiver request, if they are 14 years or older. All TPS re-registrants applying for an EAD must submit the Form I-765 application fee, or a fee waiver request.

TPS applicants may request that USCIS waive any fees by filing a Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, or by submitting a personal letter requesting these fees be waived. Failure to submit the required filing fees or a properly documented fee waiver request will result in rejection of the entire TPS application.”

In order to evaluate your case further and to make strategic legal immigration recommendations, we suggest you call our office in Miami, Florida (786-347-6474) or Charlotte, North Carolina (704-469-6746) to schedule a consultation with our immigration attorney today.

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Temporary Protected Status Re-registration Period Extended for Haitian Nationals

Marcela C. Rodríguez Esq.
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Temporary Protected Status Re-registration Period Extended for Haitian Nationals

“U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today an extension of the re-registration period for Haitian nationalswho have already been granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and seek to maintain that status for an additional 18 months. Given the impact Hurricane Sandy has had on regions where Haitians reside, the re-registration period is extended through Jan. 29, 2013.

Haitian TPS beneficiaries are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Under this extension, USCIS also will accept applications from eligible individuals who have already applied after the close of the re-registration period on Nov. 30, 2012 and will continue to accept applications through Jan. 29, 2013.

The initial, 60-day re-registration period was established after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced in October 2012 an 18-month extension of the TPS designation of Haiti, from Jan. 23, 2013, through July 22, 2014.

Approximately 60,000 Haitian nationals (and people having no nationality who last habitually resided in Haiti) are eligible for TPS re-registration. TPS is not available to Haitian nationals who entered the United States after Jan. 12, 2011.
In the Oct. 1, 2012 Federal Register notice announcing the extension of TPS for Haiti (see 77 FR 59943), DHS also automatically extended—by six months, through July 22, 2013—the validity of Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) for eligible Haitian TPS beneficiaries. This will allow sufficient time for eligible TPS beneficiaries whose re-registration is timely to receive an EAD without any lapse in employment authorization.
To re-register, TPS beneficiaries must submit Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, and Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. Individuals seeking to re-register do not need to pay the Form I-821 application fee. However, a biometric services fee (or a fee-waiver request) is required for all re-registrants 14 years of age and older. All re-registrants seeking employment authorization through July 22, 2014, must submit the Form I-765 fee (or a fee-waiver request). Re-registrants who do not want employment authorization are not required to submit the I-765 fee but must still submit a completed Form I-765. Failure to submit the required filing fees or a properly documented fee-waiver request will result in the rejection of the re-registration application.”

In order to evaluate your case further and to make strategic legal immigration recommendations, we suggest you call our office in Miami, Florida (786-347-6474) or Charlotte, North Carolina (704-469-6746) to schedule a consultation with our immigration attorney today.

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Why hire an immigration lawyer?

Marcela C. Rodríguez Esq.
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Why hire an immigration lawyer?

Immigration law is a complex subject and is constantly changing that requires extensive knowledge and understanding. Each of its procedures requires tests and requirements that are both complicated, complex, and vary depending on the law that applies to each individual case. Even though hiring a lawyer when filing an immigration case is not required by law, either with the US Department of Homeland Security. Or with a consulate of the US, definitely if it is recommended for several reasons.

  1. Immigration Lawyers are ready: They have undergone rigorous educational and professional requirements to provide you with high quality advice. With the experience they have, you can be sure that your immigration process is well prepared and done in a right way that is specialized for your circumstances. Lawyers provide invaluable and valuable resources, such as your experience and your qualified staff, that would not be available to you if you try to complete this process alone. By dedicating their careers to the subject of immigration lawyers are aware and prepared to handle any possible problem, error, or difficulty that may arise.
  2. They also help you to be fully informed and prepared: There is no standard formula for completing these immigration processes. Because each person has experienced unique situations each person requires unique and individualized strategies for their immigration processes. After an attorney understands your personal circumstances they will be able to create the best individualized approach to your case, based on your knowledge and experience in immigration law. The lawyer will then help you understand your situation regarding immigration procedures and inform you of the important steps that you need to complete to complete your process. It can also provide you with valuable information about your situation that you may not be aware of. By hiring an attorney to handle your case, you will be fully informed of all the requirements and steps necessary to complete your case successfully.
  3. They save you time and money: If you are considering individually completing any type of immigration process, be sure to consider all possible errors that may occur and the negative consequences that come with those errors. As said before, immigration law is very complex and demanding, especially for those inexperienced people who try to cope on their own and who are unfamiliar with the English language. The chances of making mistakes are endless and if one commits their results they can be detrimental. An error can lead to the refund, delay, or even denial of your record. There is also a high probability that fixing these mistakes will cost the person more time, more money, and additional stress. Instead, hiring an attorney who is aware of possible mistakes that may arise, techniques to avoid such mistakes, and methods to correct any problem that appears will definitely save you time and money.
  4. They give you the best opportunity: Immigration Lawyers are fully equipped with the tools and resources necessary to provide you with a high quality representation that is individualized to produce you the best opportunity for a successful, excellent, and well prepared record.
  5. Hiring an immigration lawyer is imperative if: Hiring an immigration lawyer is imperative if you are in Immigration Court Proceedings, if you are inadmissible to the United States, if you suffer with delays in your case, if you are exhausted with everything Paperwork, if you are not fluent in the English language, if you have received an RFE (Request for Evidence) request for more information by USCIS, or you simply want an accredited professional representative to handle your case to provide you with a fast, stress- And in the most effective and efficient way.

NOTE: Be aware of the US Immigration Service’s warning that “Wrong Help Can Hurt You – Beware of Immigration Scams” (“The Wrong Help Can Hurt Beware of Immigration Scams”). Contrary to the practices of many Latin American countries where a “notary public” is a legally certified lawyer with legal credentials, in the United States a notary is not required to be a lawyer, and therefore he / she is not authorized to Be a legal representative and can not represent your case with Immigration Services. Only an attorney entitled to exercise the right to, and is a member of, good relationship with the bar of the highest court (s) of the State in the United States can offer advice and legal representation.