October 25, 2019 Attorney General Barr decided, via a B.I.A. case called Matter of Castillo-Perez, that two or more DUI convictions during the required eligibility period creates a rebuttable presumption that the applicant lacks good moral character.
October 25, 2019 Attorney General Barr decides in Matter of Thomas and Thompson that a state-court order that modifies, clarifies, or alters the term of imprisonment or sentence associated with a conviction will have no legal effect unless it was based on a procedural or substantive defect in the underlying criminal proceeding.
October 15, 2019 Normally, public charge rules are applied most strictly in cases of people applying for immigrant visas or green cards. A new rule also, however, covers people in the U.S. with a temporary visa or status ("nonimmigrants") who would like to change or extend their status here.
October 15, 2019 Recent Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) decisions, which have been adopted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), apparently narrow the possibilities for who will be found eligible for SIJS.
** LEGAL UPDATE ** Syria was originally designated for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in 2012, by then-Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, in response to internal conflicts there. A TPS designation does not offer a permanent right to remain in the U.S., but it does offers citizens and
April 22, 2019 Nationals of countries with high visa overstay rates, especially people from certain African countries, might want to obtain a visa to travel to the U.S. as soon as possible, if they don’t have one already.
April 12, 2019. After a federal judge found that the U.S. government's "mass rescission of conditional approvals for parole of 2,714" children who'd been cleared to enter the U.S. under something called the Central American Minors Program (CAM) was "arbitrary and capricious," the government agreed to a historic settlement.
March 1, 2022. To overcome a possible finding that the immigrant is inadmissible as a likely public charge, the U.S. sponsor will need to show income and/or assets that exceed the annual Poverty Guidelines levels, which went up in 2022.
March 19, 2019 The U.S. Supreme Court held that noncitizens with certain criminal convictions can be detained without the right to a bond hearing even if they have not reoffended and were not put into custody by immigration authorities for years after their offense.
January 18, 2019 If you were an au pair in the U.S. on a J-1 visa between January 1, 2009, and October 28, 2018, keep an eye on the news and the email address you used then; lawyers may be in touch about your share of the settlement once it's finalized.