Unpub. BIA MTR Victory: Russia, Homosexuality

Aaron C. Hall writes: "Our client first applied for asylum in 1992 based on persecution by the KGB in the former Soviet Union on account of his political opinion. His application was denied by the IJ and on appeal by the BIA and the Tenth Circuit. He then filed a Motion to Reopen with the BIA...

Update on Agreement Between the United States of America and the Russian Federation Regarding Visa Issuance

"Secretary of State Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov exchanged diplomatic notes during their November 19, 2011, meeting in Bali on the new agreement on visas announced on July 13, 2011. This exchange of notes advances the visa agreement one step closer to entry into force. Under...

Historic U.S.-Russia Visa Agreement Enters Into Force September 9, 2012

"The U.S. Embassy in Moscow is pleased to announce that the historic U.S.-Russia visa agreement will enter into effect September 9, 2012. The agreement will facilitate travel and establish stronger ties between Russia and the United States, as it will benefit the largest segment of travelers...

Department of State and Russian Authorities issue joint statement on Adoption Agreement's entry into force

Text of the Agreement FAQ: Bilateral Adoption Agreement with Russia "A joint Department of State and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services team traveled to Moscow September 26 – 28 to meet with Russian officials to discuss implementing procedures for the Agreement between the...

Excerpts From the Nov. 15, 2012, Bender's Immigration Bulletin - U.S.-Russia Adoption Agreement

U.S.-Russia Adoption Agreement The Department of State announced on October 16, 2012, that the Agreement between the United States of America and the Russian Federation Regarding Cooperation in Adoption of Children entered into force on November 1, 2012. This agreement should enhance the safeguards...

CA9 on Asylum, Russia, Persecution of Homosexuals: Doe v. Holder

"We grant the petition in this matter because we conclude that Doe met his burden of presenting evidence that the Russian government was unable or unwilling to control the nongovernmental actors who persecuted him because he is a homosexual. We also hold that in order to obtain the relief he requested...