Application Process for Venezuelan Parole Opens New Title 42 Policy for Venezuelans

On Oct. 12, 2022, the United States announced a new process that allows Venezuelan nationals and their immediate family members to come to the United States. Nationals of Venezuela who are outside the United States and lack U.S. entry documents can be considered, on a case-by-case basis, for advance authorization to travel and a temporary period of parole for up to 2 years for urgent humanitarian reasons and significant public benefit. U.S. supporters can file a  Form I-134, Declaration of Financial Support, with USCIS for each Venezuelan national or immediate family member they seek to support, including minor children. Learn more at https://www.uscis.gov/venezuela

The Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, has also announced a “new migration enforcement process for Venezuelans.” Under a joint agreement with Mexico, Venezuelans who cross the border between ports of entry may now be returned to Mexico under Title 42. 


DACA Final Rule

Update: On October 5, 2022, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision in the Texas v United States case. In their decision, the Fifth Circuit agreed with Texas and found that the DACA policy is unlawful but sent the case back to the Southern District of Texas to consider the recently issued final DACA rule. The Fifth Circuit maintained the court order allowing those who are eligible to continue to renew their DACA and apply for advance parole while the case is pending. More changes and updates are expected soon. Learn more at https://www.ilrc.org/daca-updates-faq.

On Sept. 28, 2021, DHS published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for DACA. After a careful review of the public comments received, on Aug. 24, 2022, DHS announced a final rule to preserve and fortify DACA that implements the proposed rule with some amendments. The final rule:

  • Maintains the existing threshold criteria for DACA;
  • Retains the existing requirement that DACA requestors file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, and Form I-765WS concurrently with the Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals;
  • Clarifies procedures for termination of DACA and related employment authorization; and
  • Affirms the longstanding policy that DACA recipients have no lawful immigration status, but that, like other deferred action recipients, DACA recipients are considered “lawfully present” when determining eligibility for Social Security retirement benefits as described in 8 C.F.R. 1.3.

It is effective Oct. 31, 2022.


Ukraine Updates and Resources

The County of San Mateo stands in support of refugees and the people of Ukraine. 

Information on the current situation in Ukraine as well as ways to help can be found at USAID.  

  • Uniting for Ukraine provides a pathway for Ukrainian citizens and their immediate family members who are outside the United States to come to the United States and stay temporarily. More information for supporters and beneficiaries, as well as the application form, can be found at USCIS or welcome.us.
  • The State of California welcomes Ukrainian newcomers and stands in solidarity as they arrive and integrate into Californian communities. The information on the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Refugee Programs Bureau (RPB) Ukrainian Arrivals page is intended to help Ukrainian families and service providers access existing state program resources. CDSS has also published this Guide for Ukrainian Newcomers on benefits, housing and next steps after arrival. 
  • Medical Services are available for newly arrived humanitarian parolees from Ukraine in San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties. Contact the Newcomer's Health Program at 628-206-8608 or newcomers.health@sfdph.org. For more information see flyer in English, Ukrainian or Russian
  • The Department of State has suspended operations at U.S. Embassy Kyiv. Individual US Citizens seeking to depart Ukraine and in need of emergency assistance can call these Department of State numbers at 1-833-741-2777 (in U.S.) or 1-606-260-4379 (outside U.S.) or email KyivACS@state.gov. US Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents can also request crisis assistance via this intake
  • The Consulate General of Ukraine in San Francisco is located at 530 Bush St # 402, San Francisco, CA 94108. They can be contacted at (415) 398-0240 or at uaconsulatesf@gmail.com for consular, political, and other issues.
  • Humanitarian casework assistance can be requested from Senator Alex Padilla’s office.  
  • For support locating family who have been separated by an international crisis contact San Mateo County Red Cross at (650) 259-1750.  
  • For free and low-cost immigration legal help in San Mateo County please visit our list of Immigration and Legal Services.  
  • Those who have been directly affected by the war in Ukraine and are seeking mental health services can visit this page or this page

Title 42

Update: On May 20, 2022, a federal judge blocked the ending of Title 42. The Department of Justice says it intends to appeal the ruling.

The CDC had previously scheduled the termination of the Title 42 order on May 23, 2022. 

Title 42 was implemented in March 2020 and allowed federal health officials to ban people or goods from entering the U.S. during a pandemic. Under the Title 42 Order DHS was permitted to expel migrants at the border who lacked proper documentation before they could seek asylum in the U.S. According to the American Immigration Council, “Many individuals have been sent back to persecution in their home countries or forced to wait in Mexico for a time when the border will reopen to those seeking asylum.” You can read Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas' statement on the CDC’s Title 42 Order Termination here

We are monitoring the situation regarding Title 42 and will continue to post updates. 


New Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Designations 

The Department of Homeland Security announced the extension and redesignation of Burma (Myanmar) for TPS for 18 months, from Nov. 26, 2022, through May 25, 2024. Other recent extensions include Syria for 18 months, from Oct. 1, 2022, through March 31, 2024 and Venezuela for 18 months, from Sept. 10, 2022, through March 10, 2024.

Cameroon was designated for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) on April 15, 2022. Other recent designees include Afghanistan (3/16/22), Ukraine (3/3/22), Sudan (3/2/22), and South Sudan (3/2/22). For a full list of countries that are currently designated for TPS, please visit the USCIS website.  

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) allows people from certain countries to stay in the United States if it would be dangerous for them to return to their home country due to an unsafe humanitarian situation. TPS allows recipients to work in the United States lawfully and protects them from deportation while the TPS designation is in effect. 

If you have questions about whether you or someone you know are eligible for TPS, click here for a list of legal organizations that provide free and low-cost legal help in San Mateo County. You can also contact our office at ImmigrantServices@smcgov.org or 650-363-4194.  

Public Charge Rule (Feb. 17, 2022)

DHS Opens 60 Day Comment Period for Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding Public Charge

WASHINGTON— "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would regulate how DHS applies the public charge ground of inadmissibility. The proposed rule would provide fair and humane treatment for noncitizens requesting admission to the United States or applying for lawful permanent residence from within the United States. DHS has posted an advance copy of the proposed rule. The official version will publish in the Federal Register in the coming days. 

“The 2019 public charge rule was not consistent with our nation’s values,” said Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas. 'Under this proposed rule, we will return to the historical understanding of the term ‘public charge’ and individuals will not be penalized for choosing to access the health benefits and other supplemental government services available to them.'”

Read more about how to take action on the proposed rule at www.protectingimmigrantfamilies.org. Access the Federal Register to leave comment until April 25, 2022. 

Resources for Arrivals from Afghanistan

Resources for Arrivals from Afghanistan 

Public Charge Rule (March 9, 2021)

DHS SECRETARY STATEMENT ON THE 2019 PUBLIC CHARGE RULE (Release Date: March 9, 2021)

Today (March 9, 2021) DHS Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced that the government will no longer defend the 2019 public charge rule as doing so is neither in the public interest nor an efficient use of limited government resources.

“The 2019 public charge rule was not in keeping with our nation’s values. It penalized those who access health benefits and other government services available to them,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas. “Consistent with the President’s vision, we will continue to implement reforms that improve our legal immigration system.”

President Biden’s Executive Order on Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems and Strengthening Integration and Inclusion Efforts for New Americans called for an immediate review of agency actions on public charge inadmissibility and deportability. DHS’s review, in consultation with the Departments of Justice and State and the federal benefits-granting agencies, is ongoing. 

As discussed in DHS’s litigation statement, and consistent with the government’s decision not to defend the rule, the Department of Justice is no longer pursuing appellate review of judicial decisions invalidating or enjoining enforcement of the 2019 public charge rule. Today, the Department of Justice dismissed its pending appeals in the Supreme Court and Seventh Circuit, and is in the process of doing so in the Fourth Circuit. Following the Seventh Circuit dismissal this afternoon, the final judgment from the Northern District of Illinois, which vacated the 2019 public charge rule, went into effect. As a result, the 1999 interim field guidance on the public charge inadmissibility provision (i.e., the policy that was in place before the 2019 public charge rule) is now in effect.

See more information and resources here