Immigration Blog

USCIS to Hold Naturalization Ceremonies at National Parks to Commemorate 100th Anniversary of NPS

Written by Eliza Grinberg on

Eliza Grinberg's picture

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.

USCIS Website Adds Features for Spanish-Language Users

Written by Wendy Barlow on

Wendy Barlow's picture

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.

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

Written by Alexander J. Segal on

Alexander J. Segal's picture

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.

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

Written by Eliza Grinberg on

Eliza Grinberg's picture

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.

USCIS Responds to Concerns Over Delays in U Visa Application Processing

Written by Wendy Barlow on

Wendy Barlow's picture

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

New Series of Posts: Analyzing the Effect of Election Issues on Immigration

Written by Alexander J. Segal on

Alexander J. Segal's picture

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.

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

Written by Alexander J. Segal on

Alexander J. Segal's picture

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.

New USCIS Policy on L1A Petition Adjudications

Written by Eliza Grinberg on

Eliza Grinberg's picture

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.

Specialty Care Physicians Eligible for Physician National Interest Waivers

Written by Wendy Barlow on

Wendy Barlow's picture

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.

Pages