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US Gvt makes it easier for immigrants who got green cards through marriage to reapply — even after divorce

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The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)  has issued policy guidance explaining when it may adjust the status of an immigrant whose Conditional Permanent Resident (CPR) status has been terminated.

An immigration judge does not need to affirm the termination of CPR status before the alien can file a new adjustment of status application.

Green cards issued to foreign spouses are normally conditional, and are only valid for two years. After that time, immigrants can obtain permanent cards if the couple proves they did not marry just to get around U.S. immigration law.

But sometimes immigrants do not apply for a process known as a petition to “Remove Conditions on Permanent Residence Based on Marriage,” either because they have divorced or they simply forgot.

An immigrant with CPR status obtains lawful permanent resident status either based on marriage to a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (if the marriage is less than two years at the time the alien adjusts status or is admitted for lawful permanent resident status) or based on an immigrant investor (EB-5) visa.

Last week, USCIS has updated information on how it handles some conditional permanent residence permits issued to immigrants who marry U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents.

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The New policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual announced Thursday puts an end to some of that uncertainty in certain circumstances, clarifying when the agency may adjust the status of a foreign national whose CPR has been canceled.

 

According to the USCIS  news release, the policy update establishes that an immigration judge “does not need to affirm the termination of CPR status before the alien can file a new adjustment of status application.”

Until the latest USCIS statement was released, if that happened and the immigrants wanted to apply for U.S. residence again because of a second marriage or other eligibility categories, they had to wait until an immigration judge affirmed the termination of their conditional permanent resident status (CPR) before they could file a new application.

According to the Department of Homeland Security’s agency, petitioners can seek new permanent residence status if their CPR has been terminated and they meet one of three requirements:

▪ The immigrants have new basis for adjustment of status

▪ The immigrants are otherwise eligible to adjust status

▪ USCIS has jurisdiction over the application to adjust their status

 

The USCIS announcement also noted that the period lived by an immigrant in the United States under the previous CPR does not count toward the time required for obtaining U.S. citizenship through naturalization.

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The federal agency added that the new guidelines apply to adjustment of status applications filed after Thursday, Nov. 21.

Under U.S. regulations, married couples who want to remove the conditional status from a green card to get full permanent residence must file Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, during the 90 days before the second anniversary as a conditional resident.

Immigrants also can file a “waiver of the joint filing requirement due to a termination of marriage,” by accompanying the application with several documents such as the final divorce or annulment decree.

For additional information, follow the official USCIS Instructions for Form I-751.

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Google honours Mekatilili Wa Menza 

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Google is celebrating Mekatilili wa Menza, with a doodle of the Kenyan freedom fighter made visible on its search engine platform on Sunday.

Known for inspiring the Giriama people to resist colonial rule, circa 1900, Mekatilili wa Menza is revered as one of the nation’s first Mau Mau fighters.

“The recognition of Mekatilili Menza by Google goes along way in reinforcing what we believe in as Kenya National Heroes Council and a country.

“We believe our Heroes deserve better. They have played their part in nation building. We must affirm them at all times so that we can inculcate the culture of Heroism; the culture of service.

“We shall ensure more of our female heroines are unearthed, highlighted and feted. Other than giving birth to many celebrated our women were at the fore front of our liberation, our struggles and our future remains solely in their hands.

“That is the spirit of the Kenya National Heroes Act,2014 and what we stand for as a Council,” said Amb. Yvonne Khamati-Yahaya, the CEO of the Kenya National Heroes Council.

Mekatilili wa Menza led the Giriama people in the early 20th century and is commemorated during the festivities of the traditional Malindi Cultural Festival, an annual celebration of local history and pride.

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She was born in Matsara wa Tsatsu during the mid-19th century.

By the early 20th century, British colonial rule had threatened the sovereignty and freedom of the Giriama people with forced labor and taxation.

At a time when women’s power was limited within her society, Menza was compelled to organize her people against colonial control.

The Google Doodle artwork features a depiction of Menza leading the energetic kifudu dance that called so many to action.

The artist behind the Google doodle is Wanjira Kinyua who is based in Nairobi

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CS Matiang’i addresses relationship with DP Ruto 

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Interior Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matiang’i sent tongues wagging after he opened up on his relationship with Deputy President William Ruto.

In an interview with NTV’s Mutuma Mathiu, the CS was put to task to come clean on his relationship with the DP amid reports of tension after he took over some of the roles that were previously performed by the DP.

Asked about his relationship with the DP, the CS responded with a curt “I don’t know”, denying any knowledge of the existence of any special relationship with the DP.

He added that the latter is the Deputy President of Kenya and such is their relationship.

The CS was also put to task to come clean on any perception of conflict between him and the DP in exercising his responsibility (as a Super CS) a role that was perceived to be that of the DP but which was handed over to Matiang’I by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“In exercising that responsibility, does it create a perception that this is a job that should have gone to the DP…There is no conflict of roles? Asked Mutuma.

“I don’t know of any perception, The Deputy President is the DP of Kenya, what is my relationship with governor (Anyang’) Nyong’o? he is the governor of Kisumu county..”, Matiang’i said.

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The CS has been hailed as a performer with many opining that he should be on the ballot in 2022, seeking to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Among the latest to throw his weight behind Matiang’i is health CS Mutahi Kagwe.

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Reward Raila with presidency in 2022, Murathe asks Kenyans 

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Jubilee Party vice-chairperson David Murathe has asked Kenyans to prepare for Raila Odinga as president in 2022.

Murathe, a very close ally of President Uhuru Kenyatta, said it was time for Kenyans to reward the African Union envoy with the presidency for his struggle and fight for a democratic Kenya.

Speaking to KTN News on Saturday, August 8, the former Gatanga MP said 2022 would be a Nelson Mandela moment for the country as Raila would be a one-term transitional president.

He said the 75-year-old Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader will clear the way for a generational change in Kenya’s political order.

“We think it’s time Kenyans rewarded the years of struggle of Raila Amollo Odinga. They owe it to him. It’s like Mandela, and 2022 will be a Mandela moment.

“And we would also like to tell him (Raila) to be a transitional president who will then nurture the young generation to take over in 2027,” he said.

According to the vocal politician from the Mt Kenya region, there shall be a poster during 2022 campaigns which will have a portrait of the handshake partners.

“Assuming we go by the formation unveiled at Bomas, we will probably have a prime minister coming from Mt. Kenya.

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“You may have a deputy prime minister coming from coast and the other possibly from the Rift Valley,” he said.

Murathe said Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka should give Raila a chance to try his luck for the last time.

“I don’t know what the arrangement is on the NASA side but if you ask me I would like him (Kalonzo) to also let Raila run,” he said..

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