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  • New Bills Passed in Texas

    The House and Senate passed Senate Bill 4 which will increase penalties for human traffickers and stash house operators. The bill has been sent to the Governor for signature. Once signed, the Governor will inform us of the day it will go into effect. SB4 will consider human smuggling as a third degree felony that carries a 10-year minimum sentence. Shortly after, Senate Bill 6 was passed in Texas to allocate $1.5 billion for barriers at the southern border. Another bill is currently being discus…

  • DACA Update

    Once again, there is a federal court case against the DACA program declaring it is unlawful. As of this month, nothing has changed. Existing DACA recipients are safe; their protection continues. USCIS can still process renewals, work permits, and travel documents. However, new applications are still not being processed. The case is expected to go before the Supreme Court.

  • Venezuela Temporary Protected Status

    If you are from Venezuela and have resided in the U.S. since July 31, 2023, you can apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). You must apply sometime between Oct. 3, 2023 to April 2, 2025. First-time applicants will receive protected status and work permits until April 2, 2025. They will also be eligible to apply for a travel permit. If you are from Venezuela and already have TPS, you will be required to RE-REGISTER between 01/10/2024 - 03/10/2024. Once you re-register, TPS will be valid until…

  • Special Immigrant Juvenile Visa

    Special Immigrant Juvenile Visa Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) Visa is available to vulnerable immigrant children under 21 who have faced abuse, abandonment, or neglect by one or both parents. If your petition for SIJ classification is approved, you may apply for your green card and obtain residency. This process requires a combination of procedures with the state family court and USCIS. Here is an overview of the process: I) File custody petition in the state family court II) Obtain Family…

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