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Immigration Court Backlog Tops 500,000 Pending Cases

August 22, 2016|Contributed by: Alexander D. McShiras, Esq.

As of July 21, 2016, there are 500,051 cases pending in Immigration Courts across the United States. Since 2011, more than 200,000 cases have been added to the docket and the number will continue to rise until the Court hires more Judges to meet the need. Congress has not allocated sufficient...

USCIS Parole Program for Filipino World War II Veterans

June 27, 2016|Contributed by: Jennaweh Hondrogiannis, Esq.

On June 8, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting applications from certain family members of Filipino World War II veterans to enter the United States on a discretionary grant of parole, so that they may wait inside the United States for a visa to become available...

Supreme Court Deadlocks on DAPA: Program to Remain Blocked For Now, But Longer Term Fate Will Be Determined By Presidential Election

June 23, 2016|Contributed by: Aaron C. Hall, Esq.

On June 23, 2016, the United States Supreme Court heard announced that it had deadlocked  in United States v. Texas, the case which will decide whether the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) and the expansions of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The...

Additional Invitations Issued Under the Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program

June 21, 2016|Contributed by: Courtney E. Butler, Esq.

In early June, USCIS announced that it is sending a third round of invitations to apply for the Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) Program.  The HFRP Program allows certain eligible United States citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents who have filed I-130 petitions for family members in...

USCIS Sued by Thirteen Muslim Plaintiffs Because of Unlawful Delay of Citizenship Applications

May 23, 2016|Contributed by: Alexander D. McShiras, Esq.

On May 18, 2016 thirteen Muslim plaintiffs sued United States Citizenship and Immigration Services pursuant to 8 U.S.C. Section 1447(b) and the Administrative Procedures Act (“APA”) for significant delays in the adjudication of each plaintiff’s application for citizenship (Form N-400). The...

USCIS Announces Proposed Fee Increases

May 5, 2016|Contributed by: Jennaweh Hondrogiannis, Esq.

The Department of Homeland Security has issued a proposed rule that would increase fees charged by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for certain immigration and naturalization benefit requests. This proposal comes as a result of a comprehensive fee review conducted by USCIS which...

The H1B Hunger Games: May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor:

May 4, 2016|Contributed by: Jeff D. Joseph, Esq.

Every year, on April 1st, when our office files our H-1B applications, I am reminded of the scene from Hunger Games where Effie Trinket, the escort for the District 12 Tributes, draws the names of the Tributes at the annual reaping. Those Tributes will go on to participate in the Hunger Games and,...

USCIS Addresses Processing Delays

May 4, 2016|Contributed by: Jennaweh Hondrogiannis, Esq.

On April 28, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a statement to address concerns regarding case processing delays. USCIS cited staffing shortages and an increasing workload as culprits of the backlog. USCIS stated that in an effort to minimize delays, it reviews the...

Don’t Be Played for an April Fool!

March 30, 2016|Contributed by: Aaron C. Hall, Esq.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reports that immigrants around the country are currently being victimized by phone scams. According to USCIS: Scammers pretend to be a government official and call immigrants saying there is a problem with their immigration record....

The Wrong Help is No Help

March 16, 2016|Contributed by: Linda Shindler

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) warns foreign nationals in need of immigration assistance to be wary of whom they trust with their cases.  While there are many individuals and businesses who offer help – for a fee – not all are qualified to do so.  Some are  sincere and...

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