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New Rules for Work Experience for Special Religious Workers

In a decision issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Shalom Pentecostal Church v. Acting Secretary DHS, 783 F.3d 156 (3d Cir. 2015), held that United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had exceeded its authority in enacting regulations found in 8 C.F.R. sections 204.5(m)(4) and (11). In response, USCIS released an important policy memorandum on July 5, 2015, titled Qualifying U.S. Work Experience for Special Immigrant Religious Workers. The judicial holding, in conjunction with the memorandum to make USCIS regulations consistent with the Shalom Pentecostal Church decision, make it easier for many of those hoping to gain classification as special immigrant religious workers to meet the work requirements in order to qualify.

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Updated List of H2A and H2B Eligible Countries For FY-2017

On October 26, 2016, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updated its list of countries eligible to participate in the H2A and H2B visa programs for the next fiscal year. The list saw one addition to the list of countries in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H2A and H2B visa programs in FY-2017.

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List of H2A and H2B Eligible Countries Updated for 2016

The Director of Homeland Security, with the concurrence of the Secretary of State, has updated the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H2A and H2B Visa programs. The list must be updated annually. It was published in the Federal Register at 80 FR 72079 on November 18, 2015.

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USCIS expands signature waivers for new Green Cards

Prior to February of 2015, every I-551 card (also known as a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) card or Green Card) was generally required to be signed by the card-holder. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) would generally only waive the signature requirement for Green Cards if the beneficiary was a child under the age of consent to provide a signature, or if the recipient was physically unable to provide a signature. However, this rule appears to now be changing rapidly.

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New Jersey / New York Asylum Liaison Meeting

A regular liaison meeting between NY and NJ asylum office leadership and representatives of the New York and New Jersey legal community took place at the offices of the Immigration Coalition in NYC on February 4, 2015. Susan Raufer, Director of the Newark Asylum Office and a staffer for the NY Asylum Office appeared at the meeting. Members of various non-for-profits representing immigrants in immigration cases in NYC area and some members of the private bar including Wendy Barlow and Alexander J. Segal of the Law Offices of Grinberg & Segal, P.L.L.C. appeared for the meeting.

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Better Business Bureau Accreditation

The Law Offices of Grinberg & Segal, P.L.L.C. is proud to announce the Better Business Bureau (BBB) has recently accredited our company. Accreditation is only given to those businesses that show a commitment to building trust, advertising honestly, telling the truth, being transparent, honoring promises, being responsive, safeguarding privacy, and embodying integrity.

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AILA Letter to Secretary PEREZ

Letter to Secretary Perez in response to DOL’s announcement that it would undertake a comprehensive examination of the permanent labor certification process and regulatory requirements in an effort to modernize the program and make it more responsive to changes in the national workforce.

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Birth Certificates Will Now Be Issued At Mexican Consulate

American Lawyers' Association (AILA) announced on January 15, 2015, through Its InfoNet that, Mexican Embassy in Washington, D.C. informed the public, it had instructed Mexican consulates in the U.S. to start issuing verified copies of birth certificates registered in Mexico. To apply for the copy, Mexico born individuals should contact a Mexican Consulate closest to them and comply with the consulate's rules for making such application. The announcement is a big deal since prior to that, it had been a problem getting a birth certificate from Mexico, expecially for individuals who had no relatives or restricted access to Mexico to make an application.

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U.S. DOS Immigrant Visa Decisions Should Be Reviewable By Courts

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) announced yesterday on AILA InfoNet that several former consular officers have argued for judicial review of the consulate made decisions in their Amicus brief filed in Kerry v. Din, an ongoing case arising out of the Ninth Circuit about the reviewability of the decisions made by consulate officers. The Amicus brief argues that judicial review “should be available for visa adjudications denied on grounds extending beyond consular discretion, with appropriate restrictions to prevent release of classified information.”

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Curtailing the Expansion of Crimes Considered Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude

In Cisneros-Guerrerro v. Holder, the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit curtailed the Board of Immigration Appeals' (BIA) expansion of what crimes involve moral turpitude. The Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit vacated the BIA’s decision that all criminal conduct proscribed by Texas Penal Code §21.07 were categorically crimes involving moral turpitude (CIMTs). The Immigration Judge (IJ), without reviewing the record of conviction, pretermitted the alien’s application for cancellation of removal concluding “an offense under Texas Penal Code § 21.07 was categorically a CIMT

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