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  • Initial DACA Applications and Advance Parole Applications May Be Allowed Again

    On April 24, 2018, a federal judge in the District of Columbia vacated the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to end the DACA program. The judge held that DHS’ decision to end DACA was arbitrary and capricious, because it did not sufficiently explain why the program was unlawful. This means that DHS must accept and process new DACA and advance parole applications, in addition to renewal ...
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  • Attorneys Gigi Gardner and Nam Douglass Report Back from Capitol Hill

    Attorneys Gigi Gardner and Nam Douglass, members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recently traveled to Washington, DC to share the contributions of immigrants to North Carolina with members of Congress and explain the impact of the anti-immigrant policies implemented by the Trump administration. “These new policies are doing serious harm to North Carolina families and ...
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  • Attorney Gigi Gardner Recognized as Top 3 Immigration Lawyers in Raleigh, NC

    Gardner Law, PLLC Attorney Gigi Gardner has been handpicked and recognized as one of the Top 3 Immigration Lawyers in Raleigh, North Carolina for providing consistent, high quality service. Congratulations Gigi! To see her recognition, visit here .
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    USCIS is now accepting DACA renewals from eligible persons as a result of recent court rulings. However, with more court decisions still to come and long processing times, you cannot afford to wait. Who is Eligible? If your DACA expired after September 5, 2016 or is expiring this year, you can file a DACA renewal application. If you had DACA and it expired before September 5, 2016 or was ...
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  • Re-Registration Period Now Open for Hondurans and Nicaraguans with Temporary Protected Status

    All applicants must submit Form I-821 , Application for Temporary Protected Status. Those seeking an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) must also submit Form I-765 . TPS Nicaragua Ending in January 2019 Current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Nicaragua’s designation who want to maintain their status through Jan. 5, 2019, must re-register between Dec. 15, 2017 and Feb. ...
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  • Department of Homeland Security Announces the Termination of Temporary Protected Status for Nicaragua

    On November 6, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nicaragua. The designation will end on January 5, 2019, giving status holders 12 months to make transition plans. The decision was based on a determination that the temporary conditions caused by Hurricane Mitch, which were the basis for the initial designation, no ...
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  • Amnesty Day in Durham County Traffic Court on November 16

    Do you or someone you know have a suspended license resulting from tickets or charges in Durham County, NC? If so, between now and November 16th, send your name, date of birth, and contact information by text to (984) 260-6486 or by email to and see if you’re eligible to get the charges dismissed and all fines and fees waived! This service is free and there’s no need for you ...
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  • U.S. DOL to Launch New Pilot Program to Streamline H-2A and H-2B Temporary Visa Programs

    North Carolina and 32 other states will be the first to implement a new pilot program announced by the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration that will speed communication between State Workforce Agencies and Certifying Officers when processing labor certification applications for the H-2A and H-2B visa programs for temporary agricultural and other workers. Upgrades to the ...
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  • Congratulations to Our Summer Intern, Kevin Raus!

    Our very own Kevin Raus has worked diligently to make headlines over at the University Of South Carolina School Of Law where he is currently a third-year student. We are so proud to have been able to work alongside Kevin, helping to teach him real-world applications of immigration law and encouraging him to reach his full potential. Read more about Kevin’s journey into the world of immigration law ...
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  • Interpreting Trump's Rescission of DACA and how to save DREAMERS!

    On September 5, 2017, DHS announced the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program effective immediately. The following list summarizes the DHS memo and the USCIS Frequently Asked Questions : 1) You can no longer file a new initial DACA application, as of September 5, 2017. 2) Any initial DACA application filed prior to September 5, 2017 will be processed. 3) Currently ...
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  • Victim Advocates Ask DHS to Pull Down VINE

    Advocates for immigrant victims of violent crime are decrying a Department of Homeland Security database that has made protected victims’ private information searchable—despite it being against the law. The DHS Victim Information Notification Exchange (VINE) makes public the legally protected information of VAWA, T, and U visa applicants, according to the advocacy organizations who work with these ...
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  • Attorney Gardner Published in North Carolina Triangle Attorney at Law Magazine

    Attorney Gigi Gardner was recently published in North Carolina Triangle Attorney at Law Magazine. Click here to read the article, entitled Trump's Latest Executive Order Signals a Clampdown on H-1B Visas .
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  • Employment Authorization Document Extension

    This January, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) automatically extended certain expiring work permits, formally known as employment authorization documents (or EADs for short) for up to 180 days for applicants in eligible categories. This policy change will help prevent gaps in employment authorization and documentation. To be eligible, applicants must timely file to renew an ...
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  • Fraud Alert: DHS Releases Satement

    DHS released the below fraud alert: "The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) is issuing this fraud alert to warn citizens of reports that the DHS OIG Hotline telephone number has been used recently as part of a telephone spoofing scam targeting individuals throughout the country." Click here to read the whole statement.
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  • Know Your Rights Event - This Saturday!

    Join us this Saturday, April 1st at 11am for the Know Your Rights event. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the North Carolina Justice Center will be holding an online conference via Facebook to discuss your rights. Visit the Facebook event page to learn more information.
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