New Administration, New Immigration Laws


By Lisa Seifert

I’m here to talk about new immigration law and policy. We have a new administration and I’m excited about that. Everything feels relaxed, positive -- people are hopeful.

But how are you going to know if a law will affect you?

In the past, the previous president would announce things by tweet -- that’s no longer happening, fortunately. We are now back to normal government operations where an agency might report a new memo. Or, Congress might work on a new law or regulation.

An example of that now would be them working on the Dream and Promise Act, which has to do with Dreamers, those who came to this country at a young age and finished their education here. Related to that is the Farmworkers Bill.

These are very exciting potential developments, but they’re not a law. You will know they are a law if the president signs the bill and the news specifically is talking about him signing a bill.

In the meantime, watch on our social media for more announcements and developments. To schedule a personal consultation, email us at!


May 3 2021

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Citizenship: Test Up!

By Lisa Seifert

In December of 2020, the previous Trump administration decided to make the civics test more challenging. If you filed your application after that 2020 date, you probably studied for that new 2020 test. Luckily the Biden administration canceled that. While you could take the new test as an option, you aren't required to.

The actual test, which has been developed since 2008, is on the USCIS website. It is 100 questions and answers -- they're all there, including practice tests.

We are sure you will do great and good luck with your tests!

Stay tuned on our social media for more updates. If you are looking for more information about your specific situation, set up a consultation with us! Email to get started.


March 2, 2021

We are so looking forward to improvements for our clients in immigration.
Another thing on my wish list is:
That Congress can remove the 3 and 10 year bars to admission for immigrants who want to apply for status, are qualified to receive status, but are in a terrible catch-22, that if they leave the country to formally apply for status, they are barred from returning for 3 or 10 years.   Related to this is the “permanent bar” of INA Section 212(a)(9)C.  These bars have served to lock so many immigrants inside the United States, with no hope of fixing their status.  This was not the intention of Congress in 1996.   To help solve the undocumented immigration situation, GET RID OF THE BARS, which would allow hundreds of thousands of people to get legal.   Over the years we have had dozens and dozens of clients be defeated by this policy.  They are still here, by the way.  Waiting for a way forward.  To fix illegal immigration, make it possible to get legal!


March 1, 2021

We are so looking forward to improvements for our clients in immigration. One thing on my wish list is:
That the online experience at would WORK for clients to communicate with immigration.  Wouldn’t it be great if a person could track their status all the way from receipt to approval to receipt of the document?  Immigration has come a long way in the past years, but lately there are too many dead ends.   Related to this, we would love it if the electronic system permitted legal assistants and paralegals to communicate file information and receive information from immigration officers.   The current system places a completely unnecessary roadblock in the inquiry process.  Everyone understands it’s a giant waste of time to call, to wait on hold for over 100 minutes, or to wait several days for a call back from an officer who has the power to … take a message.   DO BETTER, CIS!!  You have the tools and hopefully can have the smart, motivated people.


A Vision for America as a Welcoming Nation

DACA Update December 2020

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DACA Update December 2020

DACA UPDATE -- A Federal Court has ordered that Immigration Accept DACA applications again. (December 2020)

What is DACA?   Lets review!

The DACA program was established under the Obama administration in 2012 to provide work permits and temporary legal status to qualified young people who came to the country as kids but never had legal permission to be in the U.S.  Under the program, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would not deport certain undocumented youths.  DACA applicants are granted a type of temporary permission to stay in the U.S. called “deferred action.” The Obama administration called this program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

The Trump administration attempted to terminate DACA in September 2017, which effectively cut off any new applicants to the program and kicked off a years long legal battle between DACA supporters and opponents.

In June 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling that blocked the administration’s attempts to end the program. Days later, the Department of Homeland Security issued an illegal memorandum outlining new rollbacks of the program, including a continued prohibition on new applications and the reduction of renewal permitting from two years to one.  Finally on December 4th, a federal  court in New York insisted that the government fully restore the program as it was when announced in 2012.

DACA applications are now being accepted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
This is Great news!!!  Contact us for more information about eligibility and how to apply.

What are the Eligibility Requirements for DACA?
To be eligible for deferred action under the DACA program, you must:
  • Have come to the United States before your sixteenth birthday.
  • Have lived continuously in the U.S. since June 15, 2007, and up to the present time
  • Have been present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012, in undocumented status;
  • Be at least 15 years old at the time you apply for DACA.
  • Have graduated or obtained a GED or certificate of completion from high school or currently “be in school”
  • Have not been convicted of a felony offense or significant misdemeanor
  • Not pose a threat to national security or public safety.

How many people were eligible for DACA?
 1.3 million young people were eligible for the program.

Other facts about DACA
DACA recipients came to the United States from all over the world, representing almost approximately 150 different birth countries, but approximately 80% of them were born in Mexico. The states with the largest DACA populations are California, Texas, New York, Florida, and Illinois.

The average DACA recipient arrived in the United States at age 7 and has lived here for more than 20 years. Because DACA required children to have arrived in the U.S. five years before its 2012 implementation (June 2007), younger Dreamers are not eligible for DACA. As the DACA recipient population has aged, a growing number have become parents. Currently, DACA recipients are parents to more than 250,000 U.S. citizen children.

*The government has never defined security or public safety threat, however gang activity seems to be included. Please contact an attorney if you believe you might have an eligibility problem due to crime or security issues.

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WARNING: Do NOT take advice about your immigration case from a notary public or an immigration consultant. Contact ONLY a qualified immigration lawyer or a trusted community group legal advice about your case. A directory of legal service providers in your area is available at