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 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.
- 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.
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).
In an unpublished decision, the BIA sustained the appeal and remanded, concluding that when a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) petitioner and a U.S. citizen spouse adopt a child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.