Statutes of Liberty: New Attorney, New President, New Protections for Venezuelans

This sponsored column is by James Montana, Esq. and Doran Shemin, Esq., working towards lawyers at Steelyard LLC, an immigration-targeted legislation business situated in Arlington, Virginia. The legal information and facts provided here is general in nature. If you want legal advice, get in touch with James for an appointment.

The 2nd-biggest immigration information item of the week was a shock: The Trump Administration announced, on its past day of business, that Venezuelans in the United States on Jan. 20, 2021, are qualified for Deferred Enforced Departure.

Right here are the information about Deferred Enforced Departure for fellow citizens and for Venezuelans in the United States who might be qualified.

  1. Deferred Enforced Departure is very similar to, but not the very same as, Short term Secured Status. If you receive Deferred Enforced Departure, you can obtain a function permit and temporary defense from deportation.
  2. Deferred Enforced Departure is not a substitute for asylum. A lot of Venezuelans in the United States have bona fide asylum claims. It is vital to keep on to go after these statements.
  3. Deferred Enforced Departure does not provide a path to long lasting residency or citizenship under current law. Notice that asylum, if granted, does equally of all those factors.
  4. Deferred Enforced Departure does not quickly come with a travel permit.
  5. Deferred Enforced Departure is an government action. As this sort of, it can be reversed by the new Biden administration, but we regard that as remarkably not likely presented the Biden administration’s pledge to maintain Momentary Secured Position.
  6. As of the publication of this short article, the application approach has not but opened. Really don’t pay out a attorney to implement for you right until the approach formally opens. If you require suggestions, we’re listed here to assist — equally directly and with referrals to nonprofits that can do this operate, much too.

The most significant immigration information of the 7 days is that Laura Maria Lorenzo has joined our workplace as a practicing legal professional. Laura is at first from Argentina and is accredited to practice law both in Argentina and the United States. She is fluent in Spanish and French, which will aid our workplace serve a lot of extra clientele in their native language, and her amazing tour by way of D.C.’s global financial establishments — the IMF, the Globe Bank and the Inter-American Enhancement Bank — provides a new plan point of view to our place of work. We’re stoked. Watch for her to get started contributing to these columns shortly!

Doran (L) and James (C) are satisfied to welcome Laura M. Lorenzo (R) to our immigration follow.

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