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immigration system. Whether you are applying for United States Citizenship, Lawful Permanent Residence, or are in Immigration Court proceedings, we will handle your case with care. Our team of immigration lawyers has years of experience working with immigrants to help them to become lawful permanent residents and citizens of the United States. Attorneys Mike and Farah represent clients in Immigration Courts and at USCIS immigration offices. Mike has also presented arguments before several U.S. Courts of Appeals, including the federal appeals courts in Washington DC, Chicago, and Cincinnati.

immigration system. Whether you are applying for United States Citizenship, Lawful Permanent Residence, or are in Immigration Court proceedings, we will handle your case with care. Our team of immigration lawyers has years of experience working with immigrants to help them to become lawful permanent residents and citizens of the United States. Attorneys Mike and Farah represent clients in Immigration Courts and at USCIS immigration offices. Mike has also presented arguments before several U.S. Courts of Appeals, including the federal appeals courts in Washington DC, Chicago, and Cincinnati.

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On January 8, 2021, the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in Sanchez v. Wolf, a case that addresses whether...
01/15/2021
U.S. Supreme Court to Address Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in Sanchez v. Wolf - Law Office of Michael Carlin, PLLC

On January 8, 2021, the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in Sanchez v. Wolf, a case that addresses whether a grant of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) authorizes eligible non-citizens to apply for lawful permanent residence. A copy of the Petition for Writ of Certiorari can be found here.

Currently, there is a split among the U.S. Circuit Courts regarding this issue. The Sixth and Ninth Circuit have held that a grant of TPS counts as an admission for adjustment of status eligibility. The Eleventh Circuit, however, has held that TPS does not constitute an admission. Sanchez v. Wolf stems from the Third Circuit, which joined the Eleventh Circuit in holding that TPS does not constitute an admission for adjustment of status purposes.

To learn more, please visit: https://mcarlinlaw.com/u-s-supreme-court-to-address-temporary-protected-status-tps-in-sanchez-v-wolf/

On January 8, 2021, the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in Sanchez v. Wolf, a case that addresses whether a grant of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) authorizes eligible non-citizens to apply for lawful permanent residence. A copy of the Petition for Writ of Certiorari can be found he...

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has experienced lon...
01/08/2021
USCIS Application Support Center Updates for Biometrics Collection - Law Office of Michael Carlin, PLLC

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has experienced long delays in scheduling biometrics appointments at Application Support Centers (ASC) around the country. USCIS temporarily suspended in-person services between March and June of 2020 to ensure the safety of employees and applicants amid the spread of COVID-19.

To learn more, please visit: https://mcarlinlaw.com/uscis-application-support-center-updates-for-biometrics-collection/

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has experienced long delays in scheduling biometrics appointments at Application Support Centers (ASC) around the country. USCIS temporarily suspended in-person services between March and June of 202...

Throughout his campaign and following his victory in the presidential election, Joe Biden has promised immigration refor...
12/23/2020
President-Elect Joe Biden Suggests Slow Immigration Changes - Law Office of Michael Carlin, PLLC

Throughout his campaign and following his victory in the presidential election, Joe Biden has promised immigration reform. Over the last month, our office has published several posts regarding the President-elect’s promise for change within immigration. This week, President-elect Biden stated that although he hopes to reverse the damage caused by the Trump Administration, he is aiming for a slow approach in order to avoid a rush of “2 million people on our border.”

To learn more, please visit: https://mcarlinlaw.com/president-elect-joe-biden-suggests-slow-immigration-changes/

Throughout his campaign and following his victory in the presidential election, Joe Biden has promised immigration reform. Over the last month, our office has published several posts regarding the President-elect’s promise for change within immigration. This week, President-elect Biden stated that...

On December 4, 2020, Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York ordered ...
12/11/2020
Federal Judge Orders Full Reinstatement of DACA - Law Office of Michael Carlin, PLLC

On December 4, 2020, Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York ordered full reinstatement of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. A copy of the order can be found here. This order is a victory for DACA recipients and DACA-eligible youth as it reverses the Trump Administration’s efforts to end the DACA program over the last three years.

Former President Barack Obama implemented the DACA program in 2012. The program shields immigrants who were brought unlawfully to the United States as children from deportation and offers them work permits. To receive DACA, applicants must demonstrate various requirements including continuous residence in the U.S., enrollment or graduation from high school, and lack of felony conviction. A full list of eligibility requirements may be found here.

To learn more, please visit: https://mcarlinlaw.com/federal-judge-orders-full-reinstatement-of-daca/

On December 4, 2020, Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York ordered full reinstatement of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. A copy of the order can be found here. This order is a victory for DACA recipients and DACA-eligibl...

When Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on January 20, 2021, he will face many challenges:...
12/04/2020
How Will Joe Biden Change Immigration Policies? - Law Office of Michael Carlin, PLLC

When Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on January 20, 2021, he will face many challenges: the Coronavirus pandemic, global climate change, and economic instability are probably the top concerns on his agenda. But it’s worth considering how immigration policies and laws might change under the Biden Administration.

We don’t yet know which political party will control the Senate. Georgia has a special election on January 5, 2021 that will determine the winners of the state’s two Senate seats. Both Democratic candidates would need to win in order for the Senate to end up with 50 Senators affiliated with the Democratic Party, and 50 Republicans. In that scenario, Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris would be the tie-breaker, giving Democrats control of the Senate. But if either one or two Republican candidates in Georgia win their Senate races, then Republicans will retain control of the Senate.

To learn more, please visit: https://mcarlinlaw.com/how-will-joe-biden-change-immigration-policies/

When Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on January 20, 2021, he will face many challenges: the Coronavirus pandemic, global climate change, and economic instability are probably the top concerns on his agenda. But it’s worth considering how immigration policies and la...

On November 24, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued a decision in the case of Hernandez-Serrano...
11/27/2020
Sixth Circuit Issues Decision Regarding Administrative Closure - Law Office of Michael Carlin, PLLC

On November 24, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued a decision in the case of Hernandez-Serrano v. Barr, rejecting a challenge to Matter of Castro-Tum and concluding that Immigration Judges and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) do not have the general authority to administratively close cases. The full decision can be found here.

In 2018, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions certified Matter of Castro-Tum to himself in an unprecedented move, ruling that “[I]mmigration Judges and the Board [BIA] do not have the general authority to suspend indefinitely immigration proceedings by administrative closure.” This decision was met with widespread criticism from immigration attorneys and advocates as it stripped immigration judges from their ability to exercise jurisdiction in adjudicating cases.

To learn more, please visit: https://mcarlinlaw.com/sixth-circuit-issues-decision-regarding-administrative-closure/

On November 24, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued a decision in the case of Hernandez-Serrano v. Barr, rejecting a challenge to Matter of Castro-Tum and concluding that Immigration Judges and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) do not have the general authority to admin...

The Trump Administration has changed the naturalization test, making it more difficult to pass, changing answers to prev...
11/20/2020
Trump Changes Naturalization Test and Policies - Law Office of Michael Carlin, PLLC

The Trump Administration has changed the naturalization test, making it more difficult to pass, changing answers to previous questions in politically questionable ways, and increasing the burden on applicants.

Trump also changed how USCIS decides whether to approve or deny a naturalization application, again further restricting the ability of persons to become U.S. citizens.

To learn more, please visit: https://mcarlinlaw.com/trump-changes-naturalization-test-and-policies/

The Trump Administration has changed the naturalization test, making it more difficult to pass, changing answers to previous questions in politically questionable ways, and increasing the burden on applicants. Trump also changed how USCIS decides whether to approve or deny a naturalization applicati...

Joe Biden’s monumental presidential win has ushered in a new era of hope for immigrants. President-elect Joe Biden has a...
11/13/2020
Joe Biden Administration Plans Sweeping Changes for Immigration - Law Office of Michael Carlin, PLLC

Joe Biden’s monumental presidential win has ushered in a new era of hope for immigrants. President-elect Joe Biden has already planned sweeping changes to immigration for his first weeks in office. This will mark a vast shift from the Trump administration’s efforts to eliminate immigration to the United States over the last four years.

CBS news obtained an advance look into the changes that President-elect Joe Biden hopes to enact next year. These changes include fully restoring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which the Trump administration tried to end. Currently, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is only accepting renewals for DACA, while the new changes would allow for first time applications.

To learn more, please visit: https://mcarlinlaw.com/joe-biden-administration-plans-sweeping-changes-for-immigration/

  Joe Biden’s monumental presidential win has ushered in a new era of hope for immigrants. President-elect Joe Biden has already planned sweeping changes to immigration for his first weeks in office. This will mark a vast shift from the Trump administration’s efforts to eliminate immigration to...

America has elected Joe Biden as the next President and Kamala Harris as the next Vice President of the United States.  ...
11/08/2020
America Has Elected Joe Biden and Kamala Harris - Law Office of Michael Carlin, PLLC

America has elected Joe Biden as the next President and Kamala Harris as the next Vice President of the United States. They will take the oath of office and begin their four-year term on January 20, 2021.

Between now and January 19, 2021, unfortunately, Donald Trump is still the president.

We do not yet know how the Biden-Harris Administration will be changing immigration procedures that could affect the lives of many persons, perhaps millions of persons.

To learn more, please visit: https://mcarlinlaw.com/america-has-elected-joe-biden-and-kamala-harris/

America has elected Joe Biden as the next President and Kamala Harris as the next Vice President of the United States. They will take the oath of office and begin their four-year term on January 20, 2021. Between now and January 19, 2021, unfortunately, Donald Trump is still the president. We do not...

The amount of deaths of immigrant detainees in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody has been on the rise ov...
10/30/2020
Detainee Deaths in ICE Custody - Law Office of Michael Carlin, PLLC

The amount of deaths of immigrant detainees in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody has been on the rise over the past several years. A recent CNN report revealed that 21 people died in ICE custody this year, double the number of deaths in 2019. Immigrant advocates believe that this rise in deaths is due to worsening conditions in detention centers, lack of adequate medical care, as well as mishandling of COVID-19 by ICE.

According to the CNN Report, “More than a third of the people who died in ICE custody this year had tested positive for Covid-19 – including a 56-year-old man from the Marshall Islands, who died in a Louisiana hospital, and a 61-year-old man from Mexico, who died in a Georgia hospital last week.”

For more information, please visit: https://mcarlinlaw.com/detainee-deaths-in-ice-custody/

The amount of deaths of immigrant detainees in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody has been on the rise over the past several years. A recent CNN report revealed that 21 people died in ICE custody this year, double the number of deaths in 2019. Immigrant advocates believe that this ris...

On October 20, 2020, the Trump Administration announced a new rule that would further bar certain immigrants from obtain...
10/23/2020
Trump Administration Announces New Bars to Asylum - Law Office of Michael Carlin, PLLC

On October 20, 2020, the Trump Administration announced a new rule that would further bar certain immigrants from obtaining asylum. This new rule set forth by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will go into effect on November 20, 2020. A copy of the rule can be found here.

This rule will prevent certain immigrants from obtaining asylum based on their criminal history. A DOJ Press Release lists these categories of immigrants including those who are convicted of any federal or state felony, alien smuggling, illegal reentry, gang activity, drunk driving, drug crimes, domestic violence, and other offenses relating to false identification.

To learn more, please visit: https://mcarlinlaw.com/trump-administration-announces-new-bars-to-asylum/

On October 20, 2020, the Trump Administration announced a new rule that would further bar certain immigrants from obtaining asylum. This new rule set forth by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will go into effect on November 20, 2020. A copy of the rule ca...

On October 2, 2020, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a policy alert regarding inadmissi...
10/16/2020
U.S. Ban on Communist Party Members - Law Office of Michael Carlin, PLLC

On October 2, 2020, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a policy alert regarding inadmissibility based on membership or affiliation with the Communist Party or any other totalitarian party. A copy of the policy alert can be found here. While this new alert does not change existing immigration law, it requires U.S. immigration officers to exert stricter enforcement when determining whether an applicant for an immigration benefit such as a visa or lawful permanent residence is inadmissible based on this ground.

While the policy alert did not mention the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) by name, experts believe that this move is being imposed as “top Trump administration officials ramp up criticism of the CCP for its role in covering up the coronavirus outbreak.”

To learn more, please visit: https://mcarlinlaw.com/u-s-ban-on-communist-party-members/

On October 2, 2020, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a policy alert regarding inadmissibility based on membership or affiliation with the Communist Party or any other totalitarian party. A copy of the policy alert can be found here. While this new alert does not chan...

New information disclosed by U.S. government officials establish that in 2018 the Trump Administration actively pursued ...
10/09/2020
Trump Administration: “We Need To Take Away Children” - Law Office of Michael Carlin, PLLC

New information disclosed by U.S. government officials establish that in 2018 the Trump Administration actively pursued the separation of families arriving along the southern border of the United States, and that the goal of the policy was to deter people from entering the United States.

Michael E. Horowitz, the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Justice, is in charge of a draft report on the policy, which the Trump Administration abandoned after worldwide condemnation.

To learn more, please visit: https://mcarlinlaw.com/trump-administration-we-need-to-take-away-children/

New information disclosed by U.S. government officials establish that in 2018 the Trump Administration actively pursued the separation of families arriving along the southern border of the United States, and that the goal of the policy was to deter people from entering the United States. Michael E.....

On September 29, 2020, a federal court in San Francisco temporarily blocked the United States Citizenship and Immigratio...
10/02/2020
Federal Court Blocks USCIS Fee Increase - Law Office of Michael Carlin, PLLC

On September 29, 2020, a federal court in San Francisco temporarily blocked the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) planned fee increase that was set to take effect on October 2, 2020. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey S. White of the Northern District of California issued a preliminary nationwide injunction that prevents USCIS from raising fees while the lawsuit challenging the fee rule continues. A copy of the decision can be found here.

In his decision, U.S. District Judge White criticizes the proposed fee increase, stating, “If it takes effect, it will prevent vulnerable and low-income applicants from applying for immigration benefits, block access to humanitarian protections, and will expose populations to further danger.”

To learn more, please visit: https://mcarlinlaw.com/federal-court-blocks-uscis-fee-increase/

On September 29, 2020, a federal court in San Francisco temporarily blocked the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) planned fee increase that was set to take effect on October 2, 2020. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey S. White of the Northern District of California issued a prelimi...

On September 14, 2020, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the Trump Administration is w...
09/18/2020
Federal Court Rules Trump Administration Can End Temporary Protected Status (TPS) - Law Office of Michael Carlin, PLLC

On September 14, 2020, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the Trump Administration is within its authority to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the United States. A copy of the decision can be found here. This decision affects citizens from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan.

TPS is a form of relief granted to immigrants in the United States who are citizens of certain countries that the Department of Homeland Security has deemed unable to handle the return of its citizens adequately due to natural disasters, armed conflict, or other extraordinary conditions. A grant of TPS allows the beneficiary to live and work with authorization in the United States and without fear of deportation. A grant of TPS must be renewed during designated periods as well.

To learn more, please visit: https://mcarlinlaw.com/federal-court-rules-trump-administration-can-end-temporary-protected-status-tps/

On September 14, 2020, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the Trump Administration is within its authority to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the United States. A copy of the decision can be found here. This decision af...

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