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.
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.
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.
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.