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Bender's Immigration Bulletin - May 15, 2011 - EOIR Disciplines 15 Attorneys

The Executive Office for Immigration Review recently took disciplinary action against fifteen attorneys for violations of the rules of professional conduct for immigration practitioners. Two attorneys were reinstated. The following four attorneys were issued orders of immediate suspension: Gabrielle...

Bender's Immigration Bulletin - June 1, 2011 - Enhancements to EB-5 Visa Processing Proposed

In a May 19, 2011 news release, USCIS proposed significant enhancements to the EB-5 visa program. According to the USCIS, the proposal makes three fundamental changes to the processing of EB-5 filings. First, processing would be accelerated for job-creating projects that are fully developed and ready...

June 15, 2011, Bender's Immigration Bulletin: USCIS Centralizes Form I-130 Filings

USCIS announced that effective August 15, 2011, petitioners living in countries without USCIS offices will be able to file Form I-130, Petition for an Alien Relative, with the USCIS Chicago Lockbox facility. Previous regulations permitted these petitioners, who comprise about five percent of all I-130...

July 1, 2011, Bender's Immigration Bulletin -- National Initiative to Combat Immigration-Services Scams

The Departments of Homeland Security and Justice and the Federal Trade Commission are leading a nationwide, multi-agency initiative to combat immigration services scams. The initiative targets immigration scams involving the unauthorized practice of immigration law that occurs when legal advice or...

July 15, 2011, Bender's Immigration Bulletin: EOIR Disciplines 41 Attorneys

EOIR recently took disciplinary action against forty-one attorneys for violations of the rules of professional conduct for immigration practitioners. The following twenty-one attorneys were issued orders of immediate suspension: Bradford J. Barneys, suspended based on his disbarments in Maryland...