You can’t get railroaded by ICE if you have a Court hearing

Matter of GARCIA-RAMIREZ, 26 I&N Dec. 674 (BIA 2015)
(1) Where an alien has the right to a hearing before an Immigration Judge, a voluntary departure or return does not break the alien’s continuous physical presence for purposes of cancellation of removal under section 240A(b)(1)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1229b(b)(1)(A) (2012), in the absence of evidence that he or she was informed of and waived the right to such a hearing, regardless of whether the encounter occurred at or near the border. Matter of Avilez, 23 I&N Dec. 799 (BIA 2005), clarified.
(2) Evidence that an alien who had the right to a hearing before an Immigration Judge was fingerprinted and/or photographed before being allowed to voluntarily depart is not enough, in itself, to demonstrate a waiver of the right to a hearing or to show a process of sufficient formality to break continuous physical presence. Matter of Castrejon-Colino, 26 I&N Dec. 667 (BIA 2015), followed.

Keep fighting your case

The Ninth Circuit granted the petition for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ decision, which found that the petitioner was inadmissible under INA §212(a)(3)(B) for having engaged in terrorist activity. The court held that the Board erred in failing to apply the clear error standard of review to the Immigration Judge’s finding that the petitioner lacked the “intent to endanger, directly or indirectly, the safety of one or more individuals” when he participated in planning an attempted coup against the Philippine government in 1989.

Diversity Lottery begins again

The State Department provided information on the 2017 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2017), including instructions on submitting an electronic entry, answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs), and a list of countries/areas by region whose natives are eligible for DV-2017. Entries must be submitted electronically between October 1, 2015, andNovember 3, 2015.

USCIS Petition might go faster

USCIS recently rebalanced the workload distribution of certain Form I-140 petitions and employment-based Form I-485 applications between the TSC and the NSC. Beginning October 19, 2015, individuals who submit a Form I-140 petition together with a Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing, with a worksite location in Maryland, New Jersey, New York, or Pennsylvania must file these forms with the NSC at the appropriate direct filing address.

SNAP Fraud is an aggravated felony

The Eighth Circuit upheld the Board of Immigration Appeals’ conclusion that the petitioner’s conviction for the unauthorized use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits categorically involved fraud or deceit within the meaning of INA §101(a)(43)(M), and was thus an aggravated felony.

Are you a Filipino Veteran of Word War II?

DHS issued a notice that it is creating a parole program to allow certain family members of Filipino and Filipino-American World War II veterans to receive parole to come to the United States. Announced as part of the November 2014 executive actions on immigration, this program may enable eligible family members to provide support, care, and companionship to their aging veteran family members who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. USCIS advised that it will inform the public once the application process is in place.

Be careful if you own the company doing the PERM and you are also the beneficiary

BALCA affirmed the Certifying Officer’s denial of certification, finding that the employer did not establish that the job opportunity was open and available to all U.S. workers as required by 20 CFR §656.10(c)(8), where the beneficiary and her husband each had a 50% ownership interest in the sponsoring entity.


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