Department of State Announces New Visa Application Processing Fees: Changes Effective September 12, 2014

Effective September 6, 2014, the schedule of fees for Consular Services (Schedule) will be amended.  These changes are applicable to certain nonimmigrant visa application processing fees, certain immigrant visa application processing and special visa services fees, and certain citizenship services fees.


Remember the Dates: Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Extension and Redesignation of Sudan and South Sudan

On September 2, 2014, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced an 18 – month extension of the designation and redesignation of certain nationals of Sudan and South Sudan (or aliens having no nationality who last habitually resided in Sudan) for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). (Federal Register Notice) This extension allows currently eligible beneficiaries from the two countries to retain their TPS status effective from November 3, 2014 through May 2, 2016, so long as they otherwise

Labor Day 2014: A Day of Observation and Celebration

On September 1st, America will once again pay tribute to the contributions workers have made to the well-being of this country.  Numerous celebrations and observations will take place across the country.  This tradition began in 1882 as recognition of the social and economic achievements of U.S.-born workers.  Twelve years later on June 28, 1892, Congress passed an act officially recognizing every first Monday in September as a legal holiday. 

USCIS Giving Immigration Relief Measures to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone Nationals Currently Living in the United States

Life changing events such as natural catastrophes and other extreme occurrences can have unintended consequences.  Headline news events such as the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa is one of many examples.  While closely monitoring the situation, the U.S.

Broadening the Scope of Border Inspection: Can it Help Your Case?

In a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) decision inspection compliance was broadened.  Border crossing that is procedurally regular can suffice. If there is no official record of entry into the United States, the task of having a successful application for adjustment of status can be difficult, but it is not impossible.   Proof of admission has generally been satisfied by either having an entry stamp in a valid passport or a Visa holder’s copy of their I-94 entry document.

Steffanie Lewis Speaks at WRNW

WOMENS' RADIO NETWORK asked Steffanie to tell a little about IBLF and how she became a lawyer, and is now preparing to argue before the 4th Circuit of the US Courts of Appeal, and how she deals with the serious consequences of representation of clients whose lives are so affected by the results of legal proceedings, who may be deported back to a country they left many years ago, unjustly due to bad legal representation, and the impact of such injustice on American society, currently in such conflict over immigration issues.

DACA Recipients Can Participate in Workforce Investment and Wagner-Peyser Act Programs

DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)  recipients with work authorization can participate in the workforce training programs provided under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). These programs can include Job Corps, National Farmworkers Job Program, and the Wagner-Peyser Act which helps match workers to jobs and vice-versa. These are great opportunities that will help the economy and help DACA individuals obtain better integration into the US work environment.

Groups Sue Federal Government over Failure to Provide Legal Representation for Children Placed into Deportation Proceedings

IBLF supports the nationwide class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of thousands of children who are appearing before the Immigration Judge and government paid trained attorneys who advocate for deportation without the assistance of an attorney.