The RDC Spring Conference is fast approaching! This two day virtual event will be held April 27 & 28. Take advantage of this opportunity for 7 CLE Credits for £99** by signing up here! With a new administration and swift vaccinations, we are on the precipice of significant changes to our practices, to how we […]
Thanks to our EOIR liaison, Elizabeth Mendoza, for the following updates from the Houston Immigration Courts: Here is some new information about Houston EOIR: 1. The new E-56 is the form to use to request records from an ROP. So if you use the old records request form you may be asked to submit an […]
On April 2, 2021, EOIR issued a policy memo implementing a revised case flow processing model for certain non-detained cases with representation. Specifically, the revised memo now permits the removal issues to be processed separately from relief applications. The updated process still moves to cancel master calendar hearings, but now allows immigration judges to resolve […]
Deadline is today, April 9th, for which to submit questions for the AILA DOS Liaison Committee Meeting. Please submit your non-case specific questions by sending an email to email@example.com, subject line “Question for Spring DOS Liaison Meeting.”
In Matter of Vucetic, 28 I&N Dec. 276 (BIA 2021), the BIA held that the offense of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree, in violation of Section 511(3)(a)(i) of the New York Vehicle and Traffic Law is categorically a crime involving moral turpitude. Additionally, in Matter of Al Sabsabi, 28 […]
Dear Colleagues, The Houston Asylum Office liaison meeting has been scheduled for May 6, 2021 at 2.30 pm. This meeting will be held virtually. Information to log on will be sent to people who RSVP the week before the meeting. See attached invitation from the Asylum Office. To RSVP: please RSVP directly to the asylum […]
USCIS announced it has received enough electronic registrations during the initial registration period to reach the fiscal year 2022 H-1B numerical allocations, including the advanced degree exemptions.
The class counsel in Mendez Rojas v. Wolf, challenging DHS’s One-Year filing deadline for asylum applications provided an updated FAQ’s regarding membership. Many members report receiving one-year letters from USCIS regarding this settlement. Make sure you file prior to the expiration date provided.
ASISTA and Sanctuary for Families provided an update on a lawsuit challenging ICE’s authority to eliminate the prima facie determination process for U visa petitioners. On March 18, 2021, ICE agreed not to remove, not to deny stay requests, and not to oppose continuances for U visa petitioners for 90 days. See below for details.
On March 24, USCIS further extended the flexibility for responding to agency requests, such as RFE’s, NOIDs, etc. to June 30, 2021. USCIS will consider a response to the above requests and notices received within 60 calendar days after the response due date set in the request or notice before taking any action. Additionally, we will consider […]
Thank you to our USCIS liaison Marisol Perez, below you will find the informal notes of the San Antonio USCIS – Legal Services Provider meeting held on March 10, 2021.
Lawmakers in the House of Representatives passed two bills on Thursday that would establish a path to citizenship for Dreamers and some agricultural workers. In a surprising bipartisan vote, including 9 Republican votes, the House passed the American Dream and Promise Act 228-197. In addition, the House passed the Farm Workforce Modernization Act in a […]
On March 17, 2021, the EOIR issued a policy memo (PM 21-16) rescinding and cancelling PM 20-01, Case Processing at the BIA, which was issued in October 2019. This returns the BIA to the case management system in place since September 25, 2002.
On January 6, 2021, USCIS began issuing revised receipt notices for Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card. The new receipt notices, when presented with an expired Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card (PRC or Green Card), serve as evidence of lawful permanent resident status and may be used to prove identity, employment authorization, and […]
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas designated Burma for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. This new designation of Burma for TPS enables Burmese nationals (and individuals without nationality who last habitually resided in Burma) currently residing in the United States to file initial applications for TPS, so long as they meet eligibility […]
The Executive Office for Immigration Review announced it is opening a NEW immigration court on Greenspoint Park Drive. The new court will have 16 immigration judges, 12 of them new to the bench and 4 who will transfer from existing courts. The new court will be a hybrid court, hearing detained cases via VTC, and […]
In a decision issued on March 4, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court held that under the INA, certain nonpermanent residents seeking to cancel a lawful removal order bear the burden of showing they have not beenconvicted of a disqualifying offense. An alien has not carried that burden when the record shows he has been convicted […]
Join Magali Candler and other members of AILA’s Lawyer Well-being Committee for a free roundtable honoring International Women’s Day. The event is schedule for Wednesday, March 10, 2021. The event will honor inspirational women leaders and learn about tools to create our personal vision for success in life and in the law. The event will […]
AILA National is seeking examples of how ICE is implementing the new interim ICE guidance on enforcement priorities. Please fill out this form to provide information on your experiences in court and with ICE in regards to the new priorities guidelines.
The Department of State updated its announcement and FAQs on the phased resumption of visa services following the rescission of Presidential Proclamation 10014, which suspended the entry of certain immigrant visa applicants into the United States.