U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it has posted a revised Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant (Form I-360). The new form is dated 12/30/09, and due to the changes, no previous versions of the form will be accepted 30 days after publication. There are also new filing locations for Form […]
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced revised filing instructions and addresses for applicants filing an Application for Employment Authorization (Form I-765). Beginning February 24, 2010 applicants must now submit Form I-765 to one of the USCIS Lockbox facilities or the USCIS Vermont Service Center, based on the classification under which they are filing. […]
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced revised filing instructions and addresses for applicants filing an Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Document (Form I-102). The new form is dated 1/13/10.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced revised filing instructions and addresses for applicants filing Form I-824, Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition. The new form is dated 12/11/09. The changes are part of an overall effort to transition the intake of benefit forms from USCIS local offices and Service Centers […]
What is an immigration detainer and how does it work? Are detainers only placed on unauthorized immigrants? What happens after an immigration detainer has expired? What are the consequences of immigration detainers? In order to better understand immigration detainers’ function and impact, the Immigration Policy Center (IPC) provides the following Fact Check to shed much […]
The Board of Immigration Appeals was closed February 5-11, 2010, due to extreme weather conditions in the Washington, DC, area. On this occasion, the Board will apply a temporary “grace period” for the following filings: (1) the filing was due on any date from Friday, February 5, 2010, to Thursday, February 18, 2010, and (2) […]
A New York Times article from February 8, 2010 reported that the American Bar Association has adopted a proposal in which it argued that immigration courts should be removed from the Department of Justice and set up as independent courts, still within the executive branch, under terms in Article I of the Constitution. The highest […]
This session, Supreme Court will be considering whether a person convicted under state law for simple drug possession (a federal misdemeanor) has been “convicted” of an “aggravated felony” on the theory that he could have been prosecuted for recidivist simple possession (a federal felony), even though there was no charge or finding of a prior […]
The State Department has issued its March 2010 Visa Bulletin. Check to see whether your priority date is current for any petition your relative or employer may have filed for you!
As we reported in our January 15, 2010 post, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) announced that it will close the Varick Street Detention Center in downtown New York City at the end of February 2010. Citing budget issues, the DHS announced that it would transfer the detainees from Varick Street Detention Center to other […]