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EOIR Adds Three New Board of Immigration Appeals Members

On April 1, 2020, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) published an interim rule expanding the size of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) from 21 members to 23. On May 1, 2020, the EOIR announced the investiture of three new members of the BIA.

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National Visa Center Will No Longer Accept Inquiries Through Mail

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced that beginning on June 1, 2020, the “National Visa Center will no longer accept or respond to inquiries through mail.”

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USCIS Extends Flexibility Policies Due to Coronavirus

On May 1, 2020, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is extending its policy of granting additional flexibility to applicants and petitioners responding to certain USCIS requests due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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Coronavirus News - USCIS Plans to Reopen Offices on or After June 4, 2020

On April 24, 2020, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is readying its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers to reopen for in-person services on or after June 4, 2020.

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Supreme Court Issues LPR Stop-Time Rule Decision in Barton v. Barr

On April 23, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States published its decision in Barton v. Barr, a stop-time rule case in the context of cancellation of removal for certain lawful permanent residents.

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USCIS Guidance for COS and VWP Entrants During Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

On April 13, 2020, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published informal guidance regarding certain immigration services during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We will go through some of the highlights of the guidance in this post.

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Emergency Visa Services for Medical Professionals During Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

On April 8, 2020, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) published a short update regarding emergency visa services for those seeking to enter the United States as immigrants or nonimmigrants as medical professionals.

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In-Person USCIS Services Remain Suspended Thru May 4, 2020, Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) temporarily suspended in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers on March 18, 2020, due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. On April 1, 2020, the USCIS announced that it plans to begin reopening its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers on May 4, 2020.

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USCIS Provides RFE and NOID Extensions Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will give certain petitioners more time to respond to requests for evidence and notices of intent to deny due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

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Important Win for Grinberg & Segal in Immigration Case Involving a Courts Martial Conviction

On March 24, 2020, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit certified its decision in Persad v. Barr, 17-661. Our office represented the petitioner, Mr. Dasrath D. Persad, in his appeal of a decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) finding that his unitary sentence based on convictions for four separate offenses by a military court-martial in 1992 was categorically an aggravated felony theft offense under INA 101(a)(43)(G). I (Alexander J. Segal) presented oral arguments on behalf of Mr. Persad before a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit on October 16, 2018.

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