Get informed about the basics with these common gaps in Immigration knowledge.
Having a loved one detained by ICE can cause a lot of anxiety to everyone involved. Fortunately, certain individuals may be released from custody if they qualify for a bond . An immigration bond is a set amount of money determined by an immigration judge or Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The person who pays the bond must be a Lawful Permanent Resident or U.S. citizen. The individual must present a valid ID and social security card at the time of paying the bond.
Asylum is a form of status granted to people who can prove that they have been persecuted in their home country or have a well-founded fear that they will be persecuted in their home country on account of race, religion, nationality, and/or membership in a particular social group or political opinion.
Asylum applicants must apply within one-year of their last entry into the United States. The applicant must also be in the U.S. or seeking admission at a port of entry to the U.S. when applying for asylum.
Generally, no. However, there is an exception to the one-year filing deadline if the applicant can demonstrate the existence of changed circumstances which materially affect the applicant’s eligibility for asylum or extraordinary circumstances relating to the delay in filing the application within the first year of entry.
DEFERRED ENFORCED DEPARTURE (DED)
If you are a national of Venezuela or Liberia, you may qualify for deferred enforced departure if you meet certain criteria. On January 19, 2021, the White House issued a memorandum to the Secretary of Homeland Security approving Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Venezuelans. Venezuelans who are eligible for deferral can continue to live and work in the U.S., similar to those included under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program. On January 20, 2021, White House also issued a Memorandum to the Secretary of Homeland Security extending DED and employment authorization through June 30, 2022 for eligible individuals who had DED Liberia as of January 10, 2021.
CITIZENSHIP & NATURALIZATION
You may qualify for citizenship or naturalization depending on your unique circumstances. There are different ways to obtain citizenship in the United States:
You may qualify for DACA if you meet the following requirements:
As of December 4, 2020, USCIS must now accept first-time requests and renewal requests for DACA as well as advance parole requests from eligible DACA recipients. In addition, individuals who received one-year DACA protection have had their DACA protection and work authorization automatically extended to two years.