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Update: DHS Proposes New Rule to Extend STEM OPT Program

In response to a District Court decision court decision invalidating the STEM OPT program, the Department of Homeland Security proposed a new rule proposal on October 19, 2015. In addition to seeking to maintain the STEM OPT program in compliance with the court ruling, the new rule would make several key changes to the STEM OPT program. We will review the rule proposal and what it means going forward in this article.

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New POMS Evidentiary Requirements for Stateless Persons

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has updated the evidentiary requirements for demonstrating “statelessness” in RS 02640.040 of its Program Operations Manual System (POMS). The SSA will use information from the Department of State about an individual to determine whether he or she is stateless. The definition that POMS uses for “statelessness is “the lack of nationality, or the absence of a recognized link between an individual and any state.” The POMS explains how an individual may be found to be de jure (by law) stateless and de facto (as a matter of fact) stateless.

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Refugee Numbers for Fiscal Year 2016

Section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) gives the President the authority to allocate a limited number of refugee numbers for each fiscal year (subject to consultation with Congress and certain other concerns). This effectively sets the limits for how many refugees may be admitted in the fiscal year. On September 29, 2015, the President announced the allocation of refugee numbers for fiscal year (FY) 2016.

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An Important Decision for the Attorney-Client Relationship

I would like to share with you an important decision rendered by Judge Harry Leinenweber of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on August 31, 2015.

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What Happens When Client Files Are Destroyed By a Disaster or Accident?

New York attorneys have a duty to preserve documents related to current and former clients. But what happens when client files are destroyed by a disaster or accident? Does the attorney have an ethical obligation to notify his/her current or former client when client files have been inadvertently destroyed?

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New Article: Administrative Removal for Aggravated Felonies

We have added an article about administrative removal for aggravated felonies. The article is about a removal procedure where a non-lawful permanent resident who has been convicted of an aggravated felony can be removed administratively, that is, without a hearing before an immigration judge.

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New Article: Reinstatement of Removal

We have just posted an a detailed overview of reinstatement of removal. If an alien is found to have reentered the United States illegally after having been previously removed or having left under a grant of voluntary departure under a removal order, the alien may be subject to reinstatement of removal. Reinstatement of removal allows the Department of Homeland Security to reinstate the previous removal order. Aliens subject to reinstatement are not entitled to have the reinstatement reviewed by an immigration judge. However, there are limited manners in which an alien may seek relief from reinstatement of removal.

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Affirmative Asylum Scheduling Bulletin for September 2015

USCIS has posted the Affirmative Asylum Scheduling Bulletin for September of 2015. This bulletin displays which asylum applicants have had their interviews scheduled the past few months. The bulletin may give certain affirmative asylum applicants an idea of when an interview may be expected based upon their filing dates.

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Changes to the Visa Bulletin for Family-Sponsored and Employment-Based Immigrant Visas

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of State (DOS) announced on September 10, 2015, new procedures for calculating the monthly Visa Bulletin which lists when family-sponsored and employment-based immigrant visa and adjustment of status applicants may file the Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence and Adjust Status. These revised procedures derive from the 2014 executive actions on immigration announced by President Obama and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson.

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Inter-Proceeding Similarities May Support Adverse Credibility Determination Against Asylum Applicant

The Board of Immigration Appeals issued a precedent decision in Matter of R-K-K- 26 I&N Dec. 658 (BIA 2015), which instructed Immigration Judges on how they should evaluate inter-proceeding similarities in different asylum applications with regard to the applicant's credibility.