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The Law Office of Valdez & Monarrez helps families in the Rio Grande Valley & Houston area with immigration, citizenship, naturalization, deportation defense & visas. We can also help with cases involving criminal defense, injuries, divorce or other legal matters.

March 2019 Archives

9th Circuit rules on asylum seekers' right to appeal

Immigrants who have come to Texas seeking asylum might eventually be able to appeal a rejection under a new ruling although it will only take immediate effect in states under the jurisdiction of the 9th Circuit. The initial test for asylum seekers is establishing a "credible fear" of returning to the home country. This is decided by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officers.

Work permits for H-1B visa spouses may be ending

Spouses of H-1B visa holders in Texas may no longer be permitted to work if a rule change is successful. The change, which was first discussed in 2017, has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget from the Department of Homeland Security. From there, it may be returned to the DHS, or it might be submitted to the Federal Register for a public comment period of anywhere from 30 to 90 days.

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