Immigration Blog

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EOIR Swears in 46 New Immigration Judges in Largest Ever Investiture Ceremony

On September 28, 2018, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced that it had completed its largest ever immigration judge investiture, swearing in 46 new members of the immigration bench. The investiture of 46 new immigration judges in the September 28, 2018 announcement followed the investiture of 23 immigration judges announced on August 16, 2018. This uptick in immigration judge hiring has brought the size of the immigration judge corps to 395. In this post, we will briefly examine the new resumes of each of the 46 new immigration judges, sorted by the immigration courts on which they will serve.

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Two Changes to Board of Immigration Appeals Practice Manual

On October 16, 2018, the Execution Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) made two important changes to the Board of Immigration Appeals Practice Manual. In this post, I will discuss the changes.

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USCIS Sending Corrected Forms I-751 Receipt Notices to Certain Conditional LPRs

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) stated that it began issuing new receipt notices for certain Forms I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions, on October 16, 2018. The USCIS issued receipt notices in August of 2018 for certain pending Forms I-751 which reflected the extension of conditional permanent resident status for 18 months instead of 12. However, the USCIS has now stated that some of these August receipt notices contained incorrect information “that does not affect the extension of the [conditional permanent resident] status.” Thus, it is important to note that the USCIS error has no effect on the 18-month extension of conditional permanent resident status.

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EOIR Opens Conroe Immigration Court

On October 15, 2018, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) opened the Conroe Immigration Court. The Conroe Immigration Court is a detained-only Immigration Court serving the Houston, Texas, area of operations.

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USCIS Advances Process of Moving Texas Service Center

On October 12, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that construction has begun on a new home for the USCIS Texas Service Center.

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Brett Kavanaugh Sworn in as 114th Justice of the Supreme Court

On October 6, 2018, the United States Senate approved the nomination of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States by narrow vote of 50-48. President Donald J. Trump almost immediately signed Judge Kavanaugh’s commission aboard Air Force One, and Judge Kavanaugh was sworn in as the 114th Justice of the Supreme Court by Chief Justice John G. Roberts.

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U.S. and Iraq Reach Impasse on Return of Iraqi Nationals

On September 11, 2018, Stephen Dinan of The Washington Times published an interesting report about Iraq’s purported recalcitrance in accepting the return of its nationals who have been ordered removed from the United States. In this article, we will discuss Dinan’s report and include additional citation to and analysis of relevant source materials.

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Two Individuals Admitted as Refugees Indicted For Immigration Fraud

On September 20, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that two refugees were indicted by a federal grand jury in Tuscon, Arizona, on eleven counts “for violations of false swearing in an immigration matter and false statements to a government agency.” The indictment specifically alleges that one of the individuals was charged with having falsely denied his associations with members of a designated terrorist organization.

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USCIS Publishes Draft of Proposed New Public Charge Rules

On September 22, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that, in the near future, it will publish an extremely consequential proposed rule revising the definition of “public charge” under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

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USCIS to Begin Implementing New Referral/NTA Policy on October 1

On September 26, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that its new guidance titled “Updated Guidance for the Referral of Cases and Issuances of Notices to Appear (NTAs) in Cases Involving Inadmissible and Deportable Aliens” will take effect on October 1, 2018.

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