From India or China with lots of education? Unfortunately, employment visas retrogressed.

The State Department released the Visa Bulletin for September 2015. There was forward movement in most employment- and family-based visa categories, although the employment-based second preference categories for mainland China and India retrogressed to January 1, 2006, from December 15, 2013, and October 1, 2008, respectively. The Visa Bulletin also includes information on the worldwide numerical limits for FY2015.

Good ruling for kids in detention facilities

On Friday, August 21, 2015, U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee issued an order in Flores v. Johnson, ruling that children should generally be released from family detention within five days—preferably to a parent, including a parent with whom they were apprehended. The government must implement the court’s ruling by October 23, 2015.

California to remove term ‘Alien’ from laws

KPCC reports that California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill that removes the term “alien,” used in reference to foreign-born workers, from the California Labor Code. Advocates applauded the removal of the term, which is now commonly viewed as derogatory and dehumanizing, as an important step toward modernizing California’s laws.

Wage Issue with PERM?

BALCA reversed the Center Director’s prevailing wage determination, finding that, pursuant to 20 CFR §656.40, an otherwise qualifying employer-provided survey cannot be rejected based on the absence of an arithmetic mean wage.

From Haiti?

  1. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) extended the designation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, through July 22, 2017. The 60-day re-registration period runs from today to October 26, 2015. DHS also extended the suspension of certain requirements involving employment authorization for Haitian F-1 nonimmigrant students experiencing severe economic hardship as a direct result of the January 12, 2010, earthquake in Haiti.

Said on an I-9 you were a USC? That could prevent you from ever adjusting status.

The Eighth Circuit denied the petition for review, holding that substantial evidence supported the Board of Immigration Appeals’ finding that the petitioner falsely claimed U.S. citizenship on a Form I-9 when he applied for a job in 2009. Accordingly, the court found that the petitioner was inadmissible under INA §212(a)(6)(C)(ii)(I), and was thus ineligible for adjustment of status.

Entered illegally after a deportation order AND have a 245(i) application? Which controls?

The Ninth Circuit reversed the Board of Immigration Appeals’ denial of the petitioner’s adjustment of status application, finding that the petitioner reasonably relied on Acosta v. Gonzales, which was the law of the circuit in effect at the time he applied to adjust status, but which was later overruled by Garfias-Rodriguez v. Holder. The court held that the BIA’s decision in Matter of Briones should not be applied retroactively to bar the petitioner’s application, because the petitioner’s reliance interests and the burden that retroactivity would impose on him outweighed the interest in uniform application of the immigration laws.


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