Immigration Law

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Russian Asylum Seekers Admitted to US Via Secret Deal With Mexico
Posted on 6 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

David Noriega, David Mora, Gabriela Martínez, VICE, Mar. 28, 2022 "A group of Russian citizens who fled their country after the invasion of Ukraine and spent a week camped out at the U.S.-Mexico border was quietly admitted to the U.S. in... Read More

Using U.S. Immigration Law to Undermine Putin
Posted on 29 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus D. Mehta and Kaitlyn Box, Mar. 28, 2022 "Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late February 2022, there has rightly been much discussion of how to assist the Ukraine and its citizens. The United States’ immigration laws can plainly... Read More

Tags: Ukraine , Putin , Russia

Biden EO Blocks Entry of Ukraine Bad Actors
Posted on 23 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 36 / Wednesday, February 23, 2022 / Presidential Documents Executive Order 14065 of February 21, 2022 "...Sec. 6. (a) The unrestricted immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of noncitizens determined... Read More

Announcement of F/M/J Processing Posts for Applicants Resident in Russia
Posted on 24 Jan 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOS, Jan. 21, 2022 "Due to the severely limited consular operations in Moscow, the U.S. Department of State has designated multiple posts for processing certain nonimmigrant visa applications from persons resident in Russia. Under this designation... Read More

Unpub. BIA Asylum Victory: Russia, Political Opinion
Posted on 16 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matter of X-, Apr. 12, 2021, unpub. "The respondent has credibly established that his conviction was pretexual in nature and on account of his political opinion. ... We do not find serious reasons to believe that the respondent committed a serious... Read More

CA6 on Asylum, Russia, Corruption: Skripkov v. Barr
Posted on 21 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Skripkov v. Barr "Andrei Skripkov, a citizen of Russia, seeks review of a decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) upholding an Immigration Judge’s (IJ’s) denial of his application for asylum and the withholding of removal... Read More

Parole Into Guam Rescinded for Certain Russians
Posted on 3 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 170 / Tuesday, September 3, 2019 "Under discretionary parole policies, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has granted parole on a case-by-case basis to nationals of the Russian Federation (Russia) to enter Guam... Read More

Tags: Guam , parole , Russia , DHS

Executive Order Blocks Visas re Ukraine, Crimea
Posted on 31 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Executive Order 13685 of December 19, 2014 Blocking Property of Certain Persons and Prohibiting Certain Transactions With Respect to the Crimea Region of Ukraine By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United... Read More

U.S. to Suspend Non-Immigrant Visa Operations Across Russia - State Department
Posted on 21 Aug 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, Aug. 21, 2017 - "Due to the Russian government-imposed cap on U.S. diplomatic personnel in Russia, all nonimmigrant visa operations across Russia will be suspended on August 23. Operations will resume in Moscow on September 1; visa... Read More

CA9 on Asylum, Russia, Persecution of Homosexuals: Doe v. Holder
Posted on 27 Nov 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Unpub. BIA MTR Victory: Russia, Homosexuality
Posted on 4 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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... Read More

Historic U.S.-Russia Visa Agreement Enters Into Force September 9, 2012
Posted on 30 Aug 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Tags: visa , Russia

Department of State and Russian Authorities issue joint statement on Adoption Agreement's entry into force
Posted on 17 Oct 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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... Read More

Tags: adoption , Russia

Update on Agreement Between the United States of America and the Russian Federation Regarding Visa Issuance
Posted on 21 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Tags: visas , Russia , usa