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In this newsletter, we will keep you updated on important U.S. Immigration events and activities. We are excited to bring the below update available to you:

New Rule Approved to Improve and Expedite Processing of Asylum Claims

Recently, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice issued an executive order to expedite the processing of asylum applications filed by non-citizen individuals subject to expedited removal so that relief can be provided to those who are eligible for asylum.

This rule authorizes USCIS immigration officials to consider the asylum applications of individuals subject to expedited removal proceeding who are at risk of persecution or torture and are qualified based on the credible fear screening.

This new rule is more practical than the old rule in which the granting of asylum was decided solely by immigration judges.


Afghanistan Received Temporary Protected Status

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced an 18 month Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Afghanistan after nearly 6 months of the withdrawal of the U.S. troops from Afghanistan. It is important to highlight that only people who already reside in the U.S. since March 15, 2022 are eligible for this status.

TPS will definitely help protect Afghan citizens who have already been living in the U.S. from returning to unsafe conditions within their country, said Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas. TPS also provides protections and guarantees (such as employment authorization) for Afghans who supported U.S. military, humanitarian, and diplomatic missions in Afghanistan for over the past 20 years.

The DHS can designate a country for this special status when conditions in the country in question are too dangerous for people to return to, such as ongoing armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters, or other temporary harsh conditions. TPS beneficiaries can work in the U.S. and are protected from deportation. However, TPS does not lead to permanent residence status. 


DHS designates Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Ukrainian citizens who have lived in the U.S. continuously since March 1, 2022. 

TPS is for individuals who cannot return to their home country due to unsafe conditions. TPS allows beneficiaries to work in the U.S. and be protected from deportation. The DHS concludes that this designation is a result of extraordinary and temporary conditions and ongoing armed conflict in Ukraine. 

The American Council on Education (ACE) president, Ted Mitchell, asked the DHS for flexibility and support for Ukrainian students and scholars that are currently in the U.S., and also for students seeking to leave Ukraine. 

The letter requested that Ukrainian students on F-1 or J-1 visas, as well as those with F-1 OPT or J-1 Academic Training, be offered as much flexibility as possible regarding their current visas.

At CFUIS, we have a team of seasoned & dedicated immigration lawyers that will ensure you file all your paperwork correctly and are always available to help you with your U.S. immigration needs.

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Martins I. Imudia, PhD
Attorney at Law & Director
Center for U.S. Immigration Services
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