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USCIS’ INTERPRETATION OF SECTION 204(L): THE SURVIVING RELATIVES’ LAW

Since the enactment of Section 204(l) in 2009, USCIS has issued official guidance to implement the provisions of the “Surviving Relatives Law.” USCIS has amended the USCIS' Adjudicators' Field Manual (AFM) to provide consistency in adjudications under the Surviving Relatives Law at USCIS offices throughout the Country.  USCIS has been taking immediate action on many [...]

USCIS’ INTERPRETATION OF SECTION 204(L): THE SURVIVING RELATIVES’ LAW

Veterans Will Be Honored in USCIS Veterans’ Day Naturalization Ceremonies

This week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be sponsoring nearly 40 naturalization ceremonies nationwide, and people with a history of serving in the military (as well as their spouses) will be honored during these Veterans’ Day naturalization ceremonies. According to the USCIS press release regarding these ongoing naturalization ceremonies, more than 3,000 people [...]

Veterans Will Be Honored in USCIS Veterans’ Day Naturalization Ceremonies

Extensions for Medical Exams (Form I-693) Discontinued by USCIS

As of June 1, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will no longer be granting extensions for Reports of Medical Examination and Vaccination Records (Form I-693). This change is negating a policy that, since 2002, allowed for extensions to be granted on a case-by-case basis. In effect, the potential for extension could allow medical exams [...]

Extensions for Medical Exams (Form I-693) Discontinued by USCIS

Largest LA Immigration Fraud Scheme in Recent Yrs Brought Down by USCIS

The perpetrators of one of the largest immigration fraud schemes being run out of the Los Angeles area in recent years have been sentenced to prison, reports the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). According to the USCIS press release, the San Gabriel consulting firm operating this massive, ongoing immigration fraud operation was known as [...]

Largest LA Immigration Fraud Scheme in Recent Yrs Brought Down by USCIS

Immigration and Visa Fraud Scheme Leads to Prison, USCIS Reports

Four Kenyan nationals who were convicted of committing immigration fraud, marriage fraud and visa fraud in November 2013 have recently been sentenced to prison for their role in trying to fraudulently obtain rights to legally be in the U.S. Four Kenyan nationals have been sentenced to prison for orchestrating an immigration fraud and visa [...]

Immigration and Visa Fraud Scheme Leads to Prison, USCIS Reports

“Laws That Shaped L.A.” Looks at Impact of Immigration on Los Angeles

An ongoing series of columns on KCET.org is intended to shed light on various laws and regulations that have had a strong impact on the development of Los Angeles. An ongoing series of columns on KCET.org is intended to shed light on various laws and regulations that have had a strong impact [...]

“Laws That Shaped L.A.” Looks at Impact of Immigration on Los Angeles

What is ‘Exceptional and Extremely Unusual Hardship?

The BIA decided a case last week that tries to delineate the meaning of "exceptional and extremely unusual hardship" for cancellation of removal. Further developing case law to interpret the meaning of statutory changes brought about by the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 ("IIRIRA") the Board of Immigration [...]

What is ‘Exceptional and Extremely Unusual Hardship?

PERM: The Attorney’s Role and Avoiding Audits

PERM was designed to allow employers to continue to sponsor foreign workers to fill open positions in a streamlined manner. Recently, the US DOL announced its intent to automatically audit every PERM Labor Certification case a large "national" immigration law firm has filed and will file, due to inappropriate participation in the [...]

PERM: The Attorney’s Role and Avoiding Audits

Fee Gouging and Client Harassment

Some unscrupulous attorneys are charging clients thousands for a simple I-130 Immigrant Visa Petition. This type of "fee gouging" is completely unethical. Although attorneys take an oath upon admission to the bar to zealously advocate on behalf of their clients, I have heard an overwhelming number of stories in which potential clients [...]

Fee Gouging and Client Harassment

EB-5 Program Survives Attack

The employment-based fifth preference ("EB-5") immigrant visa petition category suffered severe setbacks over the past 18 months, but should emerge triumphant in the new millennium. The employment-based fifth preference ("EB-5") immigrant visa petition category suffered severe setbacks over the past 18 months, but should emerge triumphant in the new millennium. Allegations of [...]

EB-5 Program Survives Attack