NEW Fees for USCIS applications and Petitions, Effective Dec 23, 2016
(News and views from IBLF staff and attorneys)
A recent change affects all those who will be filing asylum applications in connection with immigration court proceedings (Defensive Filings). The recently issued policy memorandum, issued September 14, 2016, details the changes, which will expedite the filing process and eliminate the prior requirement that asylum applications needed to be filed in court.
Expansion of I-601A Waiver Announced
On July 29, 2016, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, announced expansion for eligibility of the I-601A waiver for unlawful presence “to all individuals who are statutorily eligible for the waiver”.
The 4th Circuit Ct of Appeals: D.C. Code § 48-904.01(a) (possession with intent traffic in a contolled substance) is divisible under the categorical approach
"It’s as if . . . the President is setting the policy and the Congress is executing it. That’s just upside down." - Justice Anthony Kennedy (April 19, 2016 - Supreme Court Argument)
Respectfully, Justice Kennedy, nothing is upside down. The system is working, poorly perhaps, but as intended when one branch abdicates its responsibility to fix an unworkable situation. The government had to do something, the President has acted by necessity, the consequence of Congressional inaction. His limited efforts to stabilize our society should be allow to proceed.
GUINEA / LIBERIA / SIERRA LEONE: TPS Extended to Nov 21, 2016
Service in the US military provides a path to citizenship for temporary residents or non-immigrants present in the United States who meet certain criteria, and who are willing to so serve a period of active duty. In a recent memo issued July 30, 2015, the US Navy has commenced a pilot program seeking such recruits with special language skills, including Arabic, Korean, Swahili, Farsi, Pashtu, Punjabi and Urdu.
A copy of this memo, which includes the applicaton, is available here .
Nepalese nationals who are in the United States and meet certain criteria are eligible for Temporary Protected Status, permitting temporary legal status and work authorization since June 24, 2015, due to the ravages of the earthquake in Nepal. However, the application period is about to expire and will do so on December 21, 2015. USCIS recently issued a reminder to those who might be eligible to apply before the period expires.
All details are available on the USCIS website at: