New Employment Based Visas and Priority Dates

In the January “check-in,” Charlie Oppenheim, DOS Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, comments on the February 2015 Visa Bulletin and reports that with the possibility of executive action occupying significant USCIS resources later this year, the State Department will likely advance priority dates much earlier in the year than it has previously to ensure that the agencies can exhaust the annual allocation.

Reuters: Hearing on States’ Suit Against Obama Immigration Plan to Begin in U.S. Court

Reuters reports that today, a federal judge in Texas is set to hear arguments in a lawsuit brought by two dozen states that seeks to block President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

District Court Holds Medical and Health Services Manager Is a Specialty Occupation

  1. The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California found that the petitioners demonstrated that the beneficiary’s proposed position was a Medical and Health Services Manager as described in the Occupational Outlook Handbook, that this role normally requires a bachelor’s degree in a specific field, and that USCIS’s findings to the contrary were unsupported by substantial evidence.


Mexican Consulates in the U.S. Will Issue Copies of Birth Certificates…Starting Today!

The Mexican government announced that starting today, Mexican consulates in the U.S. will issue copies of birth certificates registered in Mexico. To obtain certified copies, Mexican nationals should visit the nearest consulate, present an official proof of identity, fill out an application and pay a fee of $13 per certified copy, and, if they have it, provide theirClave Única de Registro de Población (CURP).

BIA Holds Hague Convention Does Not Apply to LPR Petitioning for Adopted Child

In an unpublished decision, the BIA sustained the appeal and remanded, concluding that when a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) petitioner and a U.S. citizen spouse adopt a child together, they may choose either to pursue a Hague Convention adoption route or to pursue the Form 1-130 route through the LPR spouse. The BIA noted that the regulations do not require an LPR adoptive parent to pursue a Convention adoption, even if that LPR is married to a U.S. citizen.

Another Win for our Law Office in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal

This Petition for Review was granted by the 9th circuit for two reasons: (1) to give the IJ and BIA the opportunity to determine the impact of various recent decisions on our client’s case and (2) because the Court agreed that the IJ and BIA decisions regarding CAT were not supported by substantial evidence.
 Petition for Review Granted

California AB 60 allows undocumented to get Driver’s Licenses


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