Immigration Law

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CISOMB Issues 2022 Report to Congress
Posted on 30 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CISOMB, June 30, 2022 "By statute, the Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman (CIS Ombudsman) submits an Annual Report to Congress by June 30 of each year. Our Annual Report must provide a summary of the most pervasive and... Read More

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USCIS Denies Over 90% of Afghan Humanitarian Parole Requests
Posted on 20 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Camilo Montoya, CBS News, June 20, 2022 "Since July 2021, USCIS has received over 46,000 applications from Afghans hoping to come to the U.S. through the parole process. But most parole applications from Afghans remain unresolved — and over... Read More

Class Action Lawsuit Challenges Asylum Work Permit Policies: Garcia Perez v. USCIS
Posted on 9 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NILA, NWIRP, June 9, 2022 "Today, five asylum applicants filed a national class action lawsuit against U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) challenging policies and practices that... Read More

Lawsuit Challenges Naturalization Delays: Carter v. USCIS
Posted on 25 May 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

American Immigration Council, May 25, 2022 " This lawsuit , filed on behalf of U.S. citizenship applicants whose naturalization petitions have been pending, challenges U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) unreasonable delay... Read More

USCIS Contact Center is More a Source of Frustration than Assistance
Posted on 15 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus D. Mehta, Kaitlyn Box, and Jessica Paszko, Mar. 15, 2022 "The USCIS Contact Center purports to provide tools for checking case statuses online, correcting notices that contain mistakes or were never delivered, and connecting applicants to... Read More

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Mounting Backlogs Undermine U.S. Immigration System and Impede Biden Policy Changes
Posted on 24 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Muzaffar Chishti and Julia Gelatt, MPI, Feb. 23, 2022 "The Biden administration is seeking to overhaul the U.S. immigration system, expanding protections to hundreds of thousands of immigrants and embarking on a plan to restructure the asylum process... Read More

Crippling USCIS Work Permit Backlog Hurts Everyone
Posted on 17 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Nicole Narea, Vox, Feb. 16, 2022 "Amid nationwide labor shortages in critical industries, more than a million immigrants are waiting on the US government to issue them work permits. Without these permits, many could lose their jobs, and some already... Read More

Groups Push for Dedicated Afghan Parole Program
Posted on 16 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Letter dated Feb. 15, 2022 to DHS and USCIS - Request for Creation of the Afghan Parole Program, a Designated Parole Program for At-Risk Afghans "Dear Secretary Mayorkas and Director Jaddou: We write on behalf of the undersigned legal services... Read More

Expert: Programs to Help Afghan Allies "Overwhelmed" Due to Trump Cuts
Posted on 16 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Miriam Jordan, New York Times, Feb. 16, 2022 "Thousands of Afghan allies who narrowly missed being evacuated, and who have been living in hiding in Afghanistan or illegally in neighboring countries, have counted on a program known as humanitarian... Read More

A New USCIS Mission Statement
Posted on 9 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Geneva Sands, CNN, Feb. 9, 2022 "US Citizenship and Immigration Services changed its mission statement again , four years after the Trump administration removed the phrase "nation of immigrants" from the agency's statement, a move... Read More

Concerns Grow Over Denials of Afghan Humanitarian Parole Requests
Posted on 9 Jan 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Rebekah Wolf, Immigration Impact, Jan. 7, 2022 "As the United States hastily withdrew its military presence from Afghanistan in August 2021, it began Operation Allies Welcome, a program designed to assist the tens of thousands of Afghans who successfully... Read More

DHS OIG: USCIS' Use of Paper Files Exacerbates Backlog
Posted on 4 Jan 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, Dec. 28, 2021 "USCIS’ primary operational challenge ... was its continued reliance on paper files to process and deliver benefits. USCIS had limited capability to electronically process more than 80 types of benefits, which still... Read More

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Download the Latest USCIS Data Sets (Dec. 15, 2021)
Posted on 16 Dec 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Dec. 15, 2021 Form I-130 (Awaiting a Visa Availability) As of September, 2021 (CSV, 1.74 KB) December 15, 2021 Contains quarterly performance data on alien relative petitions. It displays the number of petitions received, approved... Read More

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The Legal Basis Underpinning the New Automatic Extension of Work Authorization for H-4, L-2 and E-2 Spouses, and Why It Must Still Be Challenged: Cyrus Mehta
Posted on 22 Nov 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, Nov. 22, 2021 "The USCIS has been processing employment authorization requests for H-4 and L-2 spouses so slowly that they have been rendered virtually useless. By the time the applicant receives the employment authorization document... Read More

Work Permit Delay Class Action Filed Against USCIS
Posted on 9 Nov 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AILA, Nov. 8, 2021 "49 plaintiffs represented by AILA, Farshad Owji, Aaron Hall, Charles Kuck, and Greg Siskind filed a class action lawsuit against DHS and USCIS over the extreme processing delays on applications for EADs for noncitizens who are... Read More