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Disciples Immigration Legal Update

Provided by Immigration Legal Counsel, a ministry of Disciples Home Missions

August 19, 2015
Here are some important odds and ends that may have gotten lost amid the bigger stories this summer:
 
New Religious Worker Policy
It used to be that if you were petitioning for a green card as a religious worker, you had to prove that you had had permission to work legally in the U.S. for the past two years. As of this summer, that is no longer the case. Ministers who have worked unlawfully for fewer than 181 days may still be able to apply for a green card in the U.S. See the new policy. Contact Tana with questions.
 
DACA Renewals Taking Too Long
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (of which Disciples Immigration Legal Counsel is a member) is collecting information about cases that are taking too long. If your application has been pending for more than 120 days, please fill out this form.

Citizenship for American Samoans
This summer a federal court ruled that American Samoans do not automatically become U.S. citizens at birth. Both the government of American Samoa and the government of the United States of America argued against birthright citizenship. Read the full opinion.
 
Assert Your Rights
The Immigrant Legal Resource Center created “red cards” that citizens and noncitizens can use to assert their constitutional rights during an immigration raid. Download a copy here.
 
Employment for Spouses
Beginning this summer, H-4 spouses of H-1B workers who are in the process of petitioning for permanent residence may apply for work permits. See details.
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