Dallas OCC schedule for the week of June 21st.
The July Visa Bulletin has been posted. Please note however, that as of June 17, 2021, USCIS has not advised whether in July 2021, it will accept adjustment of status applications for family– or employment-based petitions based on filing dates or final action dates. USCIS anticipates that this information will be released within one week of the […]
On June 16, 2021, DOJ vacated Matter of A-B- and Matter of A-B-II and stated that immigration judges (IJs) and the BIA should no longer follow these decisions when adjudicating pending or future cases. The decision notes that pending future rulemaking, IJs and the BIA should follow pre-A-B precedent, including Matter of A-R-C-G. Matter of A-B-, 28 I&N Dec. 307 (A.G. 2021)
On June 17, President Biden signed into law the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, marking the end of slavery in the U.S., making June 19 a federal holiday. As June 19, 2021, falls on a Saturday, federal offices, including immigration-related agencies, will observe the holiday June 18, 2021. AILA DOC 21061738
USCIS announced filing flexibilities to provide relief to certain applicants and petitioners impacted by delays at a USCIS lockbox. These flexibilities are effective from June 10, 2021, until August 9, 2021, and only apply to benefit requests submitted to a USCIS lockbox and not to USCIS service centers or field offices.
On June 14, 2021, USCIS announced the Vermont Service Center (VSC) will no longer receive any incoming mail at the St. Albans, VT, facility. Mail sent to the old address will be forwarded for one year. However, USCIS updated this guidance and confirmed that the new addresses listed will not be in effect until […]
On June 11, 2021, EOIR provided guidance to immigration courts and the BIA related to the recent DHS/ICE enforcement priorities memos. Thank you to Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez for this information. https://www.justice.gov/eoir/book/file/1403401/download
USCIS updated its policy memorandums to change many of the previous administrations policies and make it easier to provide applicants the benefits sought. Expedited Processing Under the updated expedite criteria policy (PDF, 293.62 KB), benefit requestors and USCIS officers are provided further guidance on when expedited processing may be warranted. Requests for Evidence and Notices of Intent to Deny […]
This week, AILA received access to an OPLA memorandum providing guidance to OPLA attorneys on how they will execute prosecutorial discretion consistent with the Biden administrations enforcement priorities. Please see the entire memorandum below.
Today, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Sanchez et ux. v. Mayorkas, holding that a TPS recipient who entered the United States unlawfully is not eligible under §1255 for LPR status merely by dint of his TPS.
Thank you to George Rodriguez for the following update for the Dallas Immigration Court’s “Rocket Docket”, dated June 7, 2021: The Dallas Immigration Court is going to start a rocket docket on July 21st. It is an ongoing docket through at least August 11th. Here is the criteria we are using: AOS or VR cases […]
The Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma Chapter Annual Business Meeting will be scheduled during AILA’s Annual Conference for June 10th, 2021. Please keep an eye out for the Zoom link. We look forward to seeing everyone there!
AILA BOG elections are taking place right now. Jacqueline Watson AKA Jackie, is running for her second BOG term. It’s easy to vote, just click on the ballot below to vote. Attached is her campaign statement for those of you who don’t know her. Deadline in June 10th at 12:00pm. https://eballot4.votenet.com/aila/login.cfm Enjoy your weekend Friends! […]
Thanks to Paul Parsons for the following: Travis/Williamson County Subcommittee of the State Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee This important committee was created to protect the public and committee service can be a valuable opportunity to make a contribution to your practice. Interested applicants please contact:Richard H. Anton512firstname.lastname@example.org
On June 1, 2021, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas formally issued a memorandum terminating the Migrant Protections Protocal program and directed the heads of all DHS agencies to take all actions appropriate to complete the termination of the MPP program.
Policy Highlights Clarifies that USCIS will not penalize an applicant who unknowingly or unwilfully registers to vote. Clarifies that USCIS does not consider an applicant to have unlawfully registered to vote if the applicant did not complete or sign the voter registration section (including electronic signature, if applicable) in the motor vehicle or other state […]
In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Ninth Circuit’s rule on when to treat noncitizens’ testimony as credible—namely, that in the absence of an explicit adverse credibility determination by an IJ or the BIA, a reviewing court must treat a noncitizen’s testimony as credible and true—could not be reconciled with the […]
Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas and Attorney General Merrick B. Garland announced a new Dedicated Docket process to more expeditiously and fairly make decisions in immigration cases of families who arrive between ports of entry at the Southwest Border. Under this new process, certain recently arrived families may be placed on the […]
DHS and DOL issued a temporary rule making 22,000 additional H-2B visas available for FY2021. Of the additional visas, 16,000 will be limited to returning workers and 6,000 will be initially reserved for nationals of Northern Triangle countries. (86 FR 28198, 5/25/21) Starting May 25, eligible employers who have already completed a test of the U.S. […]
On May 22, 2021, Secretary Mayorkas announced a new 18-month designation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). This new TPS designation enables Haitian nationals (and individuals without nationality who last resided in Haiti) currently residing in the United States as of May 21, 2021to file initial applications for TPS, so long as they meet […]