Immigration Law Blog

Previous Marijuana Charges Still Impact Immigrants Despite New Jersey Legalizing Cannabis

On February 22, 2021 Governor Phil Murphy signed the Cannabis Reform Bill into law, legalizing and decriminalizing marijuana for adults 21 years and older. While immigrants can be less concerned about being charged with possession or use of marijuana in the State of New Jersey going forward, immigrants with previous marijuana charges, regardless of whether Read More

Congress Introduces Bill to Provide Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Venezuelans and Provide a Potential Pathway to Obtaining Lawful Permanent Resident Status (Green Card)

On his last day in office, Former President Donald Trump issued a Memorandum deferring the removal of Venezuelans currently residing in the United States without immigration status. The details of the memo have been archived and can be viewed by visiting the following link.  While Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) would allow immigrants to remain in Read More

New Jersey Driver’s Licenses for undocumented immigrants delayed due to COVID-19

On December 19, 2019, Governor Phill Murphy signed a new law that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain their New Jersey Driver’s Licenses. Unfortunately, due to the reduction in staff and logistical issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) was unable to implement this policy by the January 1, 2021 Read More

“Parole in Place” – Revival of Discretionary Options for Military Members and their Families by the Biden Administration

Parole in Place, also known as “PIP” is an immigration benefit, which allows certain immigrants who entered the United States unlawfully to apply for a Green Card, employment authorization (EAD), and/or to acquire lawful status based on their familial relationship with a U.S. military member. It is an exceptional immigration benefit which creates a pathway Read More

USCIS to Accept New DACA Applications as of December 7, 2020

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a statement on December 7, 2020, confirming that United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be accepting new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival Applications (DACA). DHS released this statement following a ruling by Judge Nicholas Garaufis with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New Read More