DACA Renewals

Featured below is the FAQ that was issued (and still remains on the CIS website) after they did away with the 180-day rule:

Q50: Can I file a renewal request outside the recommended filing period of 150 days to 120 days before my current DACA expires?

A50: USCIS strongly encourages you to file your renewal request within the recommended 150-120 day filing period to minimize the possibility that your current period of DACA will expire before you receive a decision on your renewal request. Requests received earlier than 150 days in advance will be accepted; however, this could result in an overlap between your current DACA and your renewal. This means your renewal period may extend for less than a full two years from the date that your current DACA period expires..

If you file after the recommended filing period (meaning less than 120 days before your current period of DACA expires), there is an increased possibility that your current period of DACA and employment authorization will expire before you receive a decision on your renewal request. If you file after your most recent DACA period expired, but within one year of its expiration, you may submit a request to renew your DACA. If you are filing beyond one year after your most recent period of DACA expired, you may still request DACA by submitting a new initial request.


Identifying & Preventing Human Trafficking: The Role of Lawyers and Social Workers


Thursday, January 25th
4:00 - 6:15 pm
Reception 6:15 - 7:30 pm


Mitchell Hamline School of Law
875 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN


This 2-hour CLE will educate attorneys, social workers, and others on their professional and ethical obligation to identify human trafficking and provide assistance and resources to victims and survivors, focusing on the critical role they play in both identifying and preventing sex and labor trafficking, consistent with numerous policies adopted by the American Bar Association. 

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Schedule & Panels

4:00 - 6:15 pm, Panel Discussions
6:15 - 7:30 pm, Reception

Panel 1: Moderated by Gloria Contreras-Edin '05, owner and founder, Contreras Edin & Associates

The first panel will provide insights on how victims of human trafficking are recruited and how to identify human trafficking victims. 

  • Lisl Zamora '14, Attorney and advocate for immigration and human trafficking victims, Contreras Edin & Associates 
  • Linda Miller '76, founder of Civil Society 
  • Human Trafficking Survivor 

Panel 2: Moderated by Dena Sonbol '08, Dean of Academic Excellence, Mitchell Hamline School of Law

The second panel will discuss the local resources that are available to assist human trafficking victims and how attorneys and social workers might utilize those resources to address problems that they encounter. 

A reception will follow, featuring representatives and information from various groups in Minnesota that are working to end human trafficking and provide assistance to survivors.

Cost: $25 for lawyers; Non-lawyers may attend at no charge
2 Ethics CLE credits have been approved.
CEP-963 - 2 credits CE Minnesota Board of Social Work

Register to attend in-person of via live webcast!

New Year, New Logo

As 2017 comes to a close, our office has been taking some time to reflect on the past year. With so many changes in public policy, and in the lives of our clients, we felt that we were ready for our own change. A good kind of change.

We looked at our image as a company and, while we loved our yellow square, it was time to revamp. Going in to 2018, we wanted the warmth and boldness of our firm to be portrayed in our image. With the help of the team at Whittier Branding, we have created a refreshed version of our little square logo.

We represent our clients with a warm and passionate spirit that is now captured by our new look. We hope the good people of the Twin Cities can see that we’re here, we’re strong, and we’re ready to defendAle our clients and our community.

Bring it on 2018. We’re ready for you.


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Update for Applicants of U-Visas

On October 1, 2017 the new fiscal year began at Vermont Service Center. They will again start issuing the 10,000 U-1 visas for this year. Derivative applicants such as spouses, children, and parents of principal applicants do not count in the 10,000 visa cap for each year but you must wait for your principal applicant’s visa to be approved in order to receive a visa.

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DACA Under Threat

A true threat has been announced against DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), the legislation initiated by President Obama to protect young people who entered the US before the age of 16, and before June 2007.

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Going to Immigration Court?

Going to Immigration Court can be a stressful, scary experience.  Here are a couple of things about Court that may help you feel a little more prepared.  Please note that there are many different Immigration Courts in the United States and each Court may be a little different.  These tidbits relate specifically to the Bloomington Immigration Court in Minnesota.

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Immigration FAQ

As an immigration lawyer there are a handful of situations that you encounter more frequently than most. While the fact-scenarios differ in each case based the potential client’s personal history, the same general rules apply when first considering whether that person should hire an attorney and seek an immigration remedy. The following, while not legal advice, is a list of some of the most common questions that I hear every week.

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