August 2017 Edition
Here is our latest edition of our Monthly Newsletter "Know your Rights". You can find all prior editions by visiting our blog here. In this edition we will inform you of the latest trends in immigration and bankruptcy as well as updates from our practice.
USCIS has made several important announcements: the first one is the launch of an online tool to replace your Permanent Resident Card (which currently is done through an I-90). The tool will allow you to submit an application, upload supporting documents (even from your cellphone) and check the status of the case. Please, do not confuse this tool with an Application to Remove Conditions (Form I-751). These are two distinct forms and cannot be used interchangeably. You can find the online I-90 tool here.
The second USCIS announcement was the publication of the updated form I-485 or Application to Adjust Status. This application is used when a person with a tourist visa wants to change his/her status to a permanent resident (usually through marriage), just to cite an example. The new form was extended to allow USCIS to collect more information from you as well as for USCIS to determine if your past prohibits you from receiving a permanent residence.
The Trump administration has published statistics of their tough stance on immigration and the results are troubling for undocumented immigrants: from February through July 2017 there was a 28% increase in the number of orders of removals issued by Immigration Judges nationwide. Voluntary departures also increased by 30% compared to the same period during 2016.
Finally, the United States Supreme Court issued two important decisions:
Bankruptcy and Debt:
If you owe private student loans and are having a hard time making payments, you may get a sweet relief soon. Many private student loan servicers are struggling to provide proof of ownership of the loans which is causing federal courts to wipe out the debt completely (these cases remind me of the mortgage crisis of 2008). But don't stop making your payments just yet. Talk to a qualified bankruptcy attorney and find out the status of your student loan servicer first.
We have dedicated an entire week this month to create awareness on how to avoid a bankruptcy, but also how to take advantage of one if your financial situation requires it. If you are not doing so already, you can follow us on any of our social media platforms(Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Youtube) to check out our awareness posts.
Christian Veras, Esq.
DISCLAIMER: The purpose of this article is for educational use only. The information contained in it does not constitute legal advice and an attorney-client relationship is not created by reading this post.
Christian Veras, Esq.