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USCIS Website Adds Features for Spanish-Language Users

On June 1, 2016, the USCIS announced that it expanded the capabilities of the virtual assistant (“Emma”) on its website to be able to help users find information on the Spanish-language version of the website. Users who are most comfortable with Spanish may access the Spanish-language version of the USCIS website at uscis.gov/es.

Alexander J. Segal's picture

Evidence that Petitioner Abandoned LPR Status May be Considered in Adjudicating Family-Sponsored Petition

BIA precedent in the Matter of Abdoulin, 17 I&N Dec. 458 (BIA 1980) allows immigration adjudicators to consider evidence that an LPR who is petitioning for a relative had abandoned his or her LPR status. A petition can be denied on this basis even if there is no formal finding of abandonment against the LPR petitioner.

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Election Issues and Immigration #4: The Porta-Potty Fire of 2016

Some have called the 2016 Presidential election a “dumpster fire.” Due to the ineptitude of both major party candidates, I believe that the term “dumpster fire” is insufficient. Nevertheless, I believe that voters should make a choice between the two awful candidates rather than staying at home or voting for an alternative.

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Certain Forms of Relief May Be Available to Those Affected by Flooding in Louisiana

The USCIS offers several forms of immigration relief to those affected by unforeseen circumstances. Those affected by the recent severe weather and flooding in Louisiana may contact the USCIS or an experienced immigration attorney for guidance if the disaster has affected their immigration situations.

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USCIS Responds to Concerns Over Delays in U Visa Application Processing

As reported by AILA, the director of USCIS, Leon Rodriguez, responded to a letter regarding concerns over delays in the adjudication of petitions for U nonimmigrant status. Director Rodriguez stated that the delays were due to a significant uptick in applications, and provided assurances that the USCIS is working on strategies to speed up adjudications.

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BIA Analyzes Statute Regarding Inadmissibility for False Claim to U.S. Citizenship

In the Matter of Richmond, 26 I&N Dec. 779 (BIA 2016), the BIA held that a false claim to U.S. citizenship made to achieve the purpose of avoiding removal proceedings under the INA triggers inadmissibility under section 212(a)(6)(C)(ii)(I) of the INA. The BIA also authoritatively analyzed the statute as a whole.

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New USCIS Policy on L1A Petition Adjudications

The USCIS adopted the AAO decision in the Matter of Z-A-, Inc., Adopted Decision 2016-02 (AAO Apr. 14, 2016) as agency policy. The decision requires the USCIS to consider all relevant evidence when determining whether an L1A beneficiary will be managing an essential function, as opposed to performing an essential function, of the petitioner.

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September 2016 Visa Bulletin

On August 8, 2016, the Department o State (DOS) released the Visa Bulletin or September 2016. Each month, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) determines whether adjustment of status applicants must use the application final action dates or the filing dates from the Visa Bulletin. In this article, we will review the application final action dates for adjustment of status applicants in September 2016.

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Election Issues and Immigration #3: The Immigration Record of Tim Kaine

In this post, I will examine the immigration record of the Democratic Vice Presidential nominee, Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, and the possible effect that his presence on the ticket may have on Hillary Clinton's immigration proposals.

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Specialty Care Physicians Eligible for Physician National Interest Waivers

In the Matter of H-V-P-, Adopted Decision 2016-01 (AAO Feb. 9, 2016), the USCIS established as binding policy guidance on all USCIS employees that specialty care physicians are eligible for physician national interest waivers for service in an area designated by the Secretary of HHS as a HPSA and as a MUA/P.

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