The US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has restored Administrative Closure as an inherent power of Immigration Court judges, effectively overruling the current administration's attempt to preclude this standard procedure. This tool permits adjudication of pending applications by temporarilly suspending immigration court proceedings.
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On July 19, 2019 the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision finding that the Virginia offense of participating in criminal street gang activity is not categorically a crime involving moral turpitude.
The Virginia statute, Va. Code § 18.2-46.2(A), which prohibits participation in a criminal street gang, is as follows:
The Fourth Circuit issued a published decision (which means it has precedential value which must be followed by judges within the 4th Circuit) which finds a claim of asylum based on the Salvadoran government's inability to protect a woman from domestic violence is a proper basis for a grant of asylum.
Today, January 8, 2018, the Administration terminated Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvadorans as of March 9, 2019. If a current TPS holder whose card is expiring this year wants to renew authorization to work, he or she will be required to re-register and apply for employment authorization which will expire on March 9, 2019.
Attorney General Sessions has cancelled the DACA program as of September 5, 2017, while providing a period for current DACA beneficiaries whose status will expire prior to March 5, 2018, to renew their applications for an additional 2 year period.
The USCIS has issued policy guidance to define Extreme Hardship as it should be applied by immigration officers adjudicating waivers and other applications which require such a showing.
Anuncio de la expansión de la dispensa I-601A
El 29 de julio de 2016, el Servicio de Inmigración de los Estados Unidos (USCIS, por sus siglas en inglés) anunció una expansión de la elegibilidad de la dispensa I-601A (por presencia ilegal) a todos las personas que legalmente sean elegible.
The US CIS has just announced in the Federal Register its proposed new fee schedule, which will significantly increase the cost of immigration filings. This announcement is available at
Question Detail: My retail business has experienced some loss, and I want to see if it qualifies as a troubled business under the EB-5 program. What does USCIS consider a troubled business for EB-5 investment purposes? What proof will I need to provide to show that it is troubled? If I currently have 8 employees, and get an EB-5 investor to invest, will they just have to preserve those jobs or create new ones?
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