On August 17, 2016, the ICE reported that a Kenyan national pled guilty in federal court to falsely representing himself as a U.S. citizen on an official federal form. The indictment alleged that he falsely and willfully represented himself as a U.S. citizen on the Form I-9. He faces up to 3 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, or both.
USCIS is reminding people that it never asks for payments over the phone or email. The USCIS requests payments through letters on official stationary. If you receive a request for payment over the phone or email from someone representing him or herself to be from USCIS, it is a scam and can be reported to the FTC.
The USCIS set a target for 2016 to hold 100 naturalization ceremonies at national parks to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service (NPS). On August 25, the USCIS will mark the date of the 100th anniversary of the NPS by holding 16 naturalization ceremonies at national parks for 450 new U.S. citizens.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
See AILA Doc. No. 16051762
It is no exaggeration to say that every aspect of our immigration system will be affected by the results of this November’s federal elections. While many people look simply to who the President is, it is important to remember that there are many other moving parts to our immigration system. Due to the significance of federal office-holders on immigration law, I have decided to write one post per week through the November elections in which I will discuss an issue at play in the election from the immigration context. This post also includes an archive of all of the posts in the series.
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.